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The Uganda Literacy Project was a joint project between five Rotary Clubs in Southwest Washington working with the Rotary Club of Makindye, the Gospel Powers Ministries, and Dove Uganda Children's Fund in Kampala, Uganda in a multifaceted effort to combat illiteracy in the impoverished Namungoona Village, a suburb in northwestern Kampala.

            The literacy project began on March 18th, 2011 with the grand opening of a literacy center.  Local villagers, dignitaries from the government and area businesses, and Rotarians from the Makindye Club attended the event.  The literacy center will be the focus for English and Lugandan literacy classes and computer training for adults and children.  It also now houses a computer lab and the beginnings of a community library.   The first graduation ceremony for basic literacy students was held  autumn 2012.


Rotary District 5020 matched monies from the Longview Early Edition Rotary, Longview Rotary, Kelso Rotary and Woodland Rotary to make this project possible.   In addition to over $18,000 funded by Rotary International, District 5020, and the four Rotary Clubs in Cowlitz County, the Twin Cities Rotary Club (Chehalis – Centralia) provided funds for the purchase of books for the community library. 


The Longview Early Edition Rotary Club hosted Pastor Ephraim Tumusiime, from Gospel Powers Ministries and the Dove Uganda Children’s Fund, at its meeting on April 19th, 2011.  In his presentation to the Longview Early Edition Rotary, Pastor Ephraim spoke with pride of how much has already been accomplished.  His enthusiasm and frank discussion of the progress, as well as the challenges he faces, captivated the audience, which included Longview Early Edition Rotarians, Michael Green, President of the Woodland Rotary, and Mark Schmutz, a Longview (Noon) Rotarian and pastor of Northlake Baptist Church in Longview.


On April 23rd, 2011 the presidents of four of the project’s participating Rotary clubs hosted an informal luncheon for Pastor Ephraim and his wife, Jova.  In attendance were Presidents: Kevin Rentner (Longview Early Edition Rotary); Tim Temples (Longview Rotary); Eric Brudi (Kelso Rotary); and Larry McGee (Twin Cities Rotary).  During this luncheon, Larry McGee presented Pastor Ephraim with Rotary emblem decals to place inside books in the library. On behalf of all five of the Southwest Washington Rotary Clubs that are partnering on this literacy project, Kevin Rentner presented a beautiful book of photographs of Washington State.


Rotary Club of Woodland . PO Box 482 . Woodland, WA  98674