Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Centre

Solar Energy at NSCRC

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Thursday, March 23, 2017


A common barrier to informing, educating, and entertaining in Uganda is power. Power is expensive and unreliable (it consistently goes off for hours to days). Brandy Yagelniski, one of our Canadian interns, created a fundraising webpage which, thanks to the generosity of many people, successfully fundraised enough money to purchase solar panels for NSCRC. Solar energy enables NSCRC to become self sufficient, have consistent access to sustainable power, and take a huge step towards being envir...


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International Women's Day Celebration and Workshop at NSCRC

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Brandy Yagelniski, one of our Canadian interns, organized and facilitated a workshop and celebration for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017. NSCRC invited three female secondary students and 1 female teacher from five different schools; Buwenge High School, St. Mary’s College, St. Gonzaga Gonza, Pilkington College, and Nyanza International High School.The workshop began with an introductory activity designed to show the girls how they are all connected, but the only way to discove...


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Reading on the Streets

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Sunday, March 20, 2016


The Centre has also started a Mobile library Service coined, “Reading on the Streets”. The Mobile Library has two sections, a box with wheels for reading materials and mats for readers to sit on. Some readers prefer reading while standing. The second section is a bicycle. The box is fixed on the bicycle and the Librarian rides to a planned location, either a school or a convenient point in the community.

This project was initiated by a Canadian Internee, Nicole Ternoway, who has spent six...
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New Shelves for the Adult Library

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Sunday, March 20, 2016

 
New book shelves have been installed in the Adult Library section of the Centre. Close to 40,000 of the Centre’s reading materials, which have spent more than a year in boxes after being processed, are now safely on shelves and accessible to the readers. This is thanks to the initiative of Katie McEvoy, a Canadian Internee, who has spent six months with the Centre.

Katie has participated in teaching, processing and organizing Resource Centre materials, both in printed and electronic format,...
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Looking Back on 2015 and to the Future

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Sunday, January 31, 2016


2015 was another very encouraging year for the Centre as we progress to meet out mission to fight illiteracy, ignorance, poverty and disease through education, training and provision of reading and research materials. We would like to thank all those that have helped the Centre  during the year. The coming year will present its usual challenges but exciting opportunities too as we continue to strive to make the Centre a vibrant, attractive resource for the community and further increase the n...

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Users open up Email and Facebook Accounts

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Sunday, June 7, 2015
The recently enhanced internet connectivitiy means that increasingly people are visiting Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Centre not only to read printed material but also to open up email accounts and access electronic information.

On 30th May, 2015, the Centre's Librarian, Isa & his assistant Simon, were able to help some students who participated in last year's Health Camp open up email and Facebook accounts, and become members of  the Youth Leadership Group. This is aimed at enabling the...
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Exciting Plans for a New Multipurpose Building

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The success of Resource Centre has now attracted a lot of attention not only from the immediate community members but beyond. This means that keeping it open for close to 12 hours daily is increasingly becoming a serious challenge, and in the longer term, we are anxious to secure the long term sustainability of the centre.

To help achieve this, we are starting on an Income Generating Project to set up a Multipurpose building which can be hired for social and official functions. It will also se...

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Internet Access Enhanced

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Wednesday, May 27, 2015


One tremendous recent development at the Resource Centre has been a donation of Internet Wireless Cards for all our 40 Library computers by Electronic Information for Libraries ( EIFL). The acquisition of internet in the library has made tremendous improvement in the use of the library resources, both printed and electronic. 

There is a lot of enthusiasm among members of the community of all ages to acquire basic computer skills, and members of the community are now getting email addresses for...
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Trachoma Elimination Programme launched at Centre

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Monday, November 24, 2014


On 18th November 2014, The Uganda ministry of Health launched , 
Uganda Trachoma Elimination Programme for Busoga and Karamoja Regions in Eastern Uganda. The Programme is sponsored by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Trachoma Initiative. The Launch was done at Kagoma Primary School in Jinja District, 2 Kilometres from Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Centre. 

In fulfillment of her mission, Fighting Illiteracy, Ignorance, Poverty and Disease, Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Centre ...

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Community Library Lifting Women Out of Poverty

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Monday, March 17, 2014


On International Women's Day, 8th March, the New Vision published an excellent article on the resource centre focussing on its role in lifting women out of poverty.

View the article (PDF).
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Centre Hosts Community Libraries Conference

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Sunday, February 2, 2014

Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Centre is a Member of the Uganda Community Libraries Association (UgCLA) comprising of close to 80 community Libraries. The Association holds an annual general conference to share ideas, developments, discuss and advise each other regarding the challenges we face, etc. The Association has so far held  four conferences in the towns of Masaka and Mbale. During the 2013 Conference, it was decided that the 4th one in 2014  should be held not in a town but a comm...

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New Water Tanks for Water Harvesting

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Sunday, February 2, 2014


We recently receieved some two water tanks, each with a capacity of 10,000 Litres, altogether 20,000 Litres. So, in addition to catering for people's information needs, the Resource Centre will now use its roof to harvest water for the community. This is another  development for which we thank God and you people who have contributed so much to making the Centre what it is.

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National Book Week: Libraries + Teachers = Quality Education

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Friday, November 29, 2013
In October, we celebrated National Book Week 2013 (14 - 19 October) with the theme: Libraries+Teachers=Quality education.



Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Centre organized a Reading Tent where 6 Primary Schools from Buwenge Sub_county participated each school bringing 20 children every day.

Among the activities were:
  • Reading aloud
  • Story telling
  • Story writing
  • Riddles
  • Indoor games
  • Drawing and painting
  • Singing and dancing
More photos in the photos section.

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Big donation of Computers for the Resource Centre

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Thursday, May 23, 2013

Update: I am happy to report that Book Aid International has raised funds for the procurement of high stand carrels for the 40 computers and 10 chairs. The computers have been installed, fully networked and are now in use. 30 chairs and Internet connectivity to realize full utilization of the ICT Laboratory remains a challenge - Justin, November 2013.



Original Post:

I am happy to inform friends that after searching here and there for ICT facilities to demystify ICT in a rural community, Nambi S...

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Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Saturday, April 13, 2013
Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Centre is now on Facebook and Twitter. Have a look at at our Facebook page and if you like it, like us!

 
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World Read Aloud Day

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Monday, March 11, 2013

 The Resource Centre celebrated  World Read Aloud Day on 6th March, 2013 from 8:00am to 12:00pm, with 243 children taking part from . 6 primary schools, including Muguluka Primary School, St. Joseph Nursery & Primary School, Muguluka Infant and Primary School, Isa Junior School, and St. Flo. Nursery and Primary School. Each school was represented by teachers and others participants included three volunteers from Restless Development & one representative from the New Vision office, Jinja.  A w...
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Restless Developments: Youth Workshops

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

 

Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Centre Igombe, Jjinja District in collaboration with Restless Development are conducting Youth Sensitization Workshops for In and Out of school Youths between the Ages of 15 to 34 years within Buwenge Sub-County.

Both Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Centre and Restless Development have a common mission, namely, to train educate and inspire young people to lead development in their country and communities.

Among the objectives of the training are:...


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Happy New Year

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
2012 proved to be an excellent year for the Centre with the completion of the children's library finally leading to the completion of the entire Centre. A big thank you to all those that supported the centre. We rounded off the year in fine style with our annual Christmas Party.


 
Firstly back in October last year, the children's library was officially opened, and we were pleased that the New Vision, Uganda's leading newspaper, covered the opening. Read the article, Children's Library Opened in...

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Official Opening of the Children's Library

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Sunday, December 2, 2012

 

What a fantastic day at the Nambi Sseppuya Community Resource Centre !  The recent opening of the Kirabo Giibwa Children’s Library was a great success.  The day was filled with honoured guests, dancing and reading performances, visitors from all the schools in the surrounding community, and many excited children.  NSCRC was honoured to welcome Professor David J. Bakibinga from Makerere University and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Hon. Dr. C. J. Muyingo.  Some of the activiti...


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An Incredible Feat

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Monday, August 27, 2012

It has taken seven years, countless hours of work, and determination to succeed in often difficult circumstances.  What started as an idea to combat literacy in rural Uganda has blossomed into a reality of a functioning library and resource centre in Igombe village.  The entire surrounding community is now utilizing the library including teachers and students from the many nearby schools.  The building of the Children’s Library and ICT room are now complete.  This means that the library has...


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Children’s Library in Full Swing

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Sunday, June 10, 2012
Since the construction of the children’s library and ICT room has been partially completed they have been put to good use by the staff at the resource centre.  Although the floor is still not finished in wither of these rooms they are still being used as much as possible.  Isa, the centre’s librarian, has been hosting reading tents for the children and encouraging children from local schools to come and visit the library.  He has been continuing his outreach to the schools on his bicycle ...
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The Roof Is On!

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Saturday, April 14, 2012

The community members of Igombe and supporters of the centre are happy to see the latest developments.  The roof has been completed on the children’s library and IT room.  The building has grown to a large size and is now able to house numerous activities at one time.  The new section now has to be plastered and the floors need to be finished.  Large windows were installed to utilize the wonderful sunny weather and natural light in Uganda.  As Justin Kiyimba, the centre’s founder, stood a...


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Many Visitors and World Reading Aloud Day

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Saturday, March 31, 2012


 

The latest activities at the resource centre have been exciting in many ways!  New building has started on the IT room and children’s library.  This new section of the library will ensure that activities will be able to take place with children at the centre without disturbing other users.  Isa, the centre’s librarian, has been continuing his hard work with community outreach.  He has discovered that telling the children at the surrounding schools is not enough.  As a result he has begun...


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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Friday, December 30, 2011


Merry Christmas from the Nambi Sseppuuya Community Resource Centre!  The holiday season has been a busy one at the centre.  Isa and members of the community have been busy planning for the Christmas party.  On Christmas day the party was a great success with lots of fun and activities.  There was drama, singing, dancing, an eating competition and well wishes from all the members of the centre.  

The resource centre has also recently started a craft club with members of the community and the su...

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National Book Week in Igombe!

Posted by on Monday, October 17, 2011

The resource centre has been extremely busy in the last few weeks!  Uganda celebrated National Book Week from October 9th to October 14th.  All was going well at the centre until Friday morning, when very large rain clouds gathered in the sky prior to the closing ceremonies.  Everyone worried this inclement weather would cause the cancellation of a busy schedule.  Instead students began to arrive at 8 am as planned and continued arriving in big numbers throughout the day! 

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New Resources at the Centre

Posted by Justin Kiyimba on Saturday, July 9, 2011


 Recently the community has been growing to push the centre forward. We have continued our newly established programs to teach English as well as educate the community on hygiene and HIV/AIDS awareness.  All of these taking places in the new room which was completed this past March with the help of our volunteers and our much needed donors from around the world. It is now being used to its greatest potential. These sessions have been full almost every time they been held which shows this comm...

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Exciting Times at the Resource Centre

Posted by Kristopher Schmitz on Thursday, February 17, 2011

 

The centre has been alive with activity during the past month. The large room, which was dirt floor and bare bricks when Brent and Kris arrived, has now been used for HIV/AIDS and hygiene information sessions, English classes for the adults in the community and school visits.  Our information sessions both attracted over 100 people while the two school visits had 90 students each.  Thank you once again to everyone who contributed to the completion of this room.  We hope this shows that there...

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Thank You!

Posted by Kristopher Schmitz on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

While Brent and Kris have been away from the centre and Igombe for a small break for the holidays much activity has been going on.  The floor has been completed in the large room with a few minor adjustments still remaining.  Windows have been installed in the room to provide protection from the sun and prying eyes.  While most of the donations we have received have gone towards construction of this new room, we also have bought some new games and activities that visitors to the centre have s...


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Construction Begins!

Posted by Kristopher Schmitz on Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The resource centre has been very busy in the past week.  From the generous donations we have received we have bought cement, one load of lake sand and two loads of plaster sand.  The builders are at the centre today beginning construction on the floor and walls of the large room.  We have decided that the room should be used as soon as it is done and we are optimistically planning to host a Christmas party there on the 25th of December.  Many people in the community suggested we host a party...
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