community center

Bookstores and libraries have long played a central role in fostering a deeper appreciation of knowledge, and in lifelong learning. Increasingly, these places are also filling another critical need in our communities, by providing a haven for those seeking a communal connection in an ever-more isolated world.

But, how is this all playing out in our current fractured political climate? We have two guests to discuss this with us this morning. Chris Morrow is owner of Northshire Bookstores in Manchester Center, Vermont and Saratoga Springs, New York and he joins us along with the CEO of the American Booksellers Association – Oren Teicher.

Children in Uganda
Jajja's KIds - Uganda Facebook page

Begun by Diane Reiner of Latham, Jajja’s Kids houses, feeds, schools, and nurtures nineteen former street children in Uganda and serves as a community center for children and families in the surrounding area. Its program director is Ronnie Sseruyange, also a former street child, who lives in Kampala, Uganda. 

Currently, Jajja’s Kids has outgrown the house they rent in Kampala. Their numbers have increased and as the children have gotten older, their needs have changed. Thus, the time has come to take a much needed leap toward establishing a permanent residence.

On Sunday, September 24th, Jajja’s Kids is hosting a Gala at Revolution Hall in Troy to launch a fundraising campaign to purchase land in or near Kampala. The funds will be used to begin the process of building a home and developing a small farm to provide food for the children and staff as well as being a source of income to support Jajja’s Kids operations.