Children’s Peace Libraries

The first Children’s Peace Library opened in the Kicukiro neighborhood in Kigali in 2009. Since then,  libraries in HROC Brochure-4Gisenyi and Kanzenze (Rubavu District),  Byumba (Gicumbi District), and Ruhengeri (Musanze District) have been opened to provide unique spaces where people throughout Rwanda can have free access to children’s books. The Libraries were created in order to increase English literacy among Rwandan youth, since the language of education has recently switched to English. The libraries also foster a culture of reading for fun and promote peace education of children to instill values of harmony and love in the upcoming generation. We aim to provide access to books with messages of nonviolence, fun interactive activities and a pen-pal project, which unites HROC dialogue - April 12Rwandan and American children and may help offer children access to donated school supplies. The children also participate in conflict resolution and mediation trainings hosted in the library. Though, with the help of many generous donors, we have been able to stock our libraries with several thousand children’s books, the demand has been overwhelming, and sometimes we have had to turn away students on days that we have no books. The HROC Center also aims to expand its scope and provide an Adult Library as well. This would promote both quantitative and qualitative research in mental health and peace building.

Donations of books are always appreciated! See our Support Our Work page for information of sending us books