The Story Behind Our Libraries and Book Reading Club

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The Story Behind Our Libraries and Book Reading Club

As the founder of the Friends of Ronzls Foundation, I often reflect on the pivotal moment from my childhood that ignited my passion for education and community service. It was a day etched in my memory, a day of chaos and confusion that ultimately shaped the trajectory of my life’s work.

It began with a simple act of kindness. Amidst the bustling activity of a primary school, my sister and I found ourselves thrust into a situation where we could make a difference. Books, essential tools for learning, were misplaced and misappropriated. In the spirit of helping, we took it upon ourselves to rectify the situation, unaware of the repercussions that would follow.

Our impromptu assistance, though well-intentioned, resulted in unforeseen consequences. We were reprimanded, our mother called to account for our actions, and we faced the disciplinary measures customary in our culture. But amidst the tears and chastisement, a seed was planted within me – a seed of empathy and a determination to contribute positively to the education of others.


Years later, when life led me back to my hometown, I encountered Mrs. G, the head teacher of the very school where my childhood incident occurred. Her words resonated deeply within me as she lamented the lack of reading materials for the students. It was a stark reminder of the enduring challenges faced by educational institutions, challenges that I was now in a position to address.

Driven by a sense of purpose reignited by Mrs. G’s words, I embarked on a mission to establish libraries and reading clubs in underserved schools. Armed with the generosity of friends and community members, I began collecting books, breathing new life into discarded stories and forgotten adventures.

The journey was not without its obstacles. Logistics, funding, and the sheer scale of the endeavor presented formidable challenges. Yet, with unwavering determination and the support of dedicated individuals like Mrs. G, we transformed empty classrooms into vibrant hubs of learning.

In January 2019, the first library of St. Collumciles Primary School welcomed its eager readers. It was a moment of triumph, a culmination of years of reflection, planning, and hard work. But it was also just the beginning.

As I stood amidst the shelves of books, witnessing the excitement and curiosity in the eyes of the students, I knew that this was my life’s calling. The Libraries and Book Reading Club project had transcended its initial purpose; it had become a beacon of hope, a catalyst for change.

Today, as we continue to expand our reach and impact, I am reminded of the profound ripple effect of a single act of kindness. What began as a childhood mishap has blossomed into a lifelong commitment to empowering young minds and fostering a love for learning.

To Mrs. G and all those who have supported our journey, I extend my deepest gratitude. Together, we are rewriting the narrative, one book at a time. And as we look towards the future, I am filled with optimism, knowing that the seeds we plant today will bear fruit for generations to come.


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