The Zombo District School Libraries Project
Zombo is a new district located in Northwest Uganda, West of the Nile and bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As a new district, Zombo is engaged in catching up with the construction of schools for its previously underserved population. It also has a series of challenges arising from the absence of reliable roads and an almost complete lack of electricity.
In June, 2011, a group of thirty volunteers from Chapelwood and Houston, Texas helped build 23 school libraries and one medical clinic library.
Books were also gathered and shipped to help another organization build libraries at 4 orphanages and to help start libraries at 10 more and counting schools.
Library work was complemented by passing out 20,000 de-worming tablets--something of vital importance to these children.
The Chapelwood Foundation also generously donated solar lanterns that were passed out to help the children read and the local clinics be able to care for the sick at night.