Our first Voyager Container Library is open!
The brand new library in Gasave, Kigali, is housed in a converted 40-foot shipping container, set in a public park in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.
The transformation from container to library included painting eye-catching murals, adding a roof, veranda and outdoor seating in addition to shelves and filling it with over 5,000 brand new books in English and Kinyarwanda.
Rwanda does not have a public library network and many children’s only opportunity to read is often from old books at community libraries and curriculum books in school.
The books in the new Voyager Container Library are a vital new resource and the library is already incredibly popular with local children:
When we come here on the weekend, it’s packed. There are so many kids! They are doing their homework here, using the resources and there is a huge improvement in terms of grade. So giving them this library allows them to go to the next level so they can be the people they want to be.
– Elizabeth M Johnson, Ineza Foundation
The library contains books both for primary and secondary level students, and many pupils are using the library to support their studies:
At school we have books but limited days when we were supposed to read. Now we have this library, I come every day after school. Now I can read so often I will know how to read better and I will now start approaching English books and be able to read English better.
– Carine, 12, P6 student at GS Gisozi School I
We would like to thank the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for supporting the first Voyager Container Library.