what we do

Go to Collect in the UK

Collect in the UK

Books and more are collected in the UK and stacked into a 40ft shipping container.

Go to Create libraries in Kenya

Create libraries in Kenya

The shipped container is converted into a library in Kenya. One library every two years.

Go to Community engagement

Community engagement

Ongoing engagement with the community in Kenya, including initial development of a playground, is key to the impact of our libraries.

Go to Impact on education

Impact on education

We have a measurable impact on the community commitment to, and achievement in, education.

Our vision

Just be a Child, inspiring Kenyan children to read
Inspiration, knowledge and hope: a way out of poverty

Using donated books we create and support libraries in poor but aspirational Kenyan communities,

because we believe that with inspiration, knowledge and hope every community can lead themselves out of poverty.

We aim to create one library every two years. Our next one is planned for the summer of 2018.

Each library contains 5,000 books, many toys and games and arts and crafts material. Every library costs £10,000 and is made out of a converted container.

  • We collect in excess of 10,000 books for readers of all ages. We also need toys, games, jigsaw puzzles, pencils and much more. Oh, some furniture is also needed.

  • We choose our community partners very carefully and with their help convert the 40ft container into a fully operational library.

  • We continue to be engaged with all our community partners through games, lessons, advice and assistance.

  • Our libraries, librarians and community teacher inspire children to learn by introducing interactive, attentive and encouraging forms of education.

our impact

20,000 books

For the first library we shipped 7,000 books and for the second 13,000.

Each library gets to keep around 5,000 books. The rest gets distributed between near by schools, carefully selected orphanages and other projects, as well as hospitals.

12,000 children

Our two libraries have over 2,000 members.

The 42 schools we partnered up with have almost 5,000 pupils and the orphanages and other projects plus our satellite libraries make our books available to another 5,000 children.

2 libraries

Our first library was built in 2015 in Dzunga, Ukunda.

Our second library followed in 2016 in Chidzangoni, Ukunda.

Our satellite libraries are small shops whose owners agreed to lend books.

52 partner organisations

We have distributed books to:
42 schools
7 orphanages
3 hospitals

Our partners are in: Ukunda, Msambwani, Malindi, Meru, Kisumu and Nairobi

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