my heart and books [pt. 2]

[If you missed part 1, you can read it here.]

Through being with the kids, observing classes, visiting schools, and having conversations with Pastor and the head teacher, Chandler and I have felt lead to start a reading room for Champions Christian Primary School.

Mukono, Uganda.November 2012

library at the school – where we got our idea


Currently, the students at the school have NO books.  Only teachers have books.  Students learn by copying whatever is written on the chalkboard into their notebooks.  To practice reading, they are told to read the Bible (not too thrilling for a 2nd grader).  In order for these students to practice English, reading, and to learn about various other topics, a library of books would definitely benefit these students.

Our plan is to have a building built, with book-cases, reading tables, and chairs; and to fill it with books and reading materials.  At this time, we don’t have all of the details figured out, but I can use your help!

Mukono, Uganda.November 2012

books, books and more books

This is how you can help:
-Pray for this project
-Contribute monetarily
        –We are starting from the scratch with the building and everything in it
        -More information to come about costs and such
-Books [see list below]
        -Please start looking around and talking to people about books
        -They should be in good condition
        -If you know of any groups, churches or individuals that are planning a trip to Uganda, please let me know.  We need people to check extra luggage, filled with books, in order to get the books over here (shipping to here is very expensive).

Chandler and I are looking for a variety of books:
– Fiction and non-fiction books for pre-school to eight grade reading levels
– Picture books, with few words, for younger students
– Health, science, animal, nature or space-type books to help students learn
– Classroom charts: like the human body, the water cycle, plants

much love!

If you have any questions or are interested in contributing to this project in any way, please let me know [].  As more of the details are worked out, and as things progress, I will be giving updates about this project:)


3 thoughts on “my heart and books [pt. 2]

  1. Hi Bethany,

    First, an apology – you wrote to us a while ago, and I promptly did something with the email (thinking I’d show it to Fred when he got home) and completely lost it and then compounded everything by forgetting I lost it!! Yikes!

    But we DID get this email and your blog (part 1) and Fred and I are going to see what we can come up with to help you. What a wonderful project! I’m so happy that you and Chandler have taken this on. It will be a gift to the community that will last long after you’ve returned to the U.S. I’ll ask around at school – I know we could come up with some books, but that shipping problem is a doozy. I’ll ask greater minds than mine to see what they come up with. Fred says he’ll think about it, too, and see what he can come up with. In the meantime, you certainly have our prayers.

    It sounds like you’re doing well, and you look so happy in your pictures. Glad you’ve settled in and feel a part of the community and have been so well accepted. Things here are pretty quiet. We had one sad thing happened – our little shih tzu, Winston, passed away around Thanksgiving. We had the blessing of having him in our lives for 15 years. He was a sweetheart and essentially my dog, and I find myself looking for him every now and sometimes just needing to cry for a bit. We’re still watching Kim’s dog, Lily, but it’s not the same. Fred and I both have a bit of a cold right now, but I’m sure we’ll be right as rain in a few days. We’re looking forward to Christmas. We took Bryant and 14 of his mentees from Madonna to see Simply Jesus at Northridge. It was really special to see the Christmas program through their eyes and introduce them to Northridge. Bryant said some of them would like to start attending, so he’s looking into getting a van to transport them in the new year. We’ll see how many actually come – but it’s baby steps that count, right?

    So sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Wishing wonderful successes in your new project and for health and happiness for you, Chandler, and your families (on both continents!). Much love, Mary

  2. 🙂
    LOVE this. cannot wait to hear more/see how the Lord is going to provide in BIG ways.
    fighting for you in prayer tonight.

    miss you like crazy. this time last year we were practicing our flash mob in my dining room. :/

    love you.

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