The Children’s Centre is the project of a voluntary association, the University Women’s Association (UWA) of the University of Nigeria at Nsukka, Nigeria. It has been developed by the voluntary efforts of the women, with support from the university community. It took off in 1978 with small grants from UWA and another women’s organization, the Nigerian Association of University Women (NAUW).
From the beginning, the primary fundraising activity of the Centre has been the annual Christmas carolling. The other major source of income is library registration fees and charges for lost or overdue books. The University Women’s Association has also channeled part of its fundraising proceeds toward Centre development.The Children’s Centre receives some support from the University. Soon after the opening of the Madam Hulder Iwuanyanwu Building, the University administration posted two staff, a typist and cleaner, to the Centre. Following the establishment of a relationship between the Children’s Centre Library and the Department of Library Science, these staff, and later a librarian, were placed under the Department. In a similar way, the University pays the allowances of National Youth Service Corps members and salaries of night guards working at the Centre. The Centre has received other forms of support from the Department and the University from time to time.The Centre depends heavily on donations. The building is the donation of an University alumnus, Chief (Dr.) Emmanuel C. Iwuanyanwu. Another alumnus, Prince Albert E. Koripamo, donated a 15-seater bus and funds for the basic book collection. A former Governor of the state where the Children’s Centre is located, Chief Jim Nwobodo, gave money for playground development, fencing and landscaping in 1981.
Individuals and groups within the community and nation have donated money and books to the Children’s Centre. Other donations have come in the form of continued contacts with donor agencies and libraries in the United States and Europe. Notable among these donors are the Indianapolis Public Library and Traverse Area District Library, both in the United States; the Ranfurly Library Service in England; and the IFLA “Books for All” programme.
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