Help build Rwanda's first public library!
The American Friends of the Kigali Public Library and the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga, Rwanda, partnered to build Rwanda's first-ever public library, the Kigali Public Library. We opened the library in 2012 and are now focusing on operational activities.
In 1994, Rwanda suffered a genocide in which approximately one million
Rwandans were killed. Through the establishment and operation of this library—a sanctuary for
knowledge and a forum for the free exchange of ideas—it is our hope that the
tools Rwandans used to kill their neighbors will be replaced with the tools to
help rebuild Rwandan society. The successful completion of this historic effort
marks a watershed in Rwanda’s history, finally providing unfettered access to a
treasure trove of knowledge that has so far been unavailable to a population of
over eleven million people. The library is also a monument to serve as a
permanent reminder to all Rwandans and the rest of the world that the
atrocities committed in 1994 will never be forgotten.