Who we are ...
Just be a Child (JBAC) formed after one of its founding members visited Kenya in November 2012.
The main reason for the formation of a brand new charity was the recognition of the gap in the services, support and aid offered by the existing NGOs and international charities.
Children were educated to various degrees, but the concept of childhood and personal development was lacking. The aim of JBAC in 2013 thus became the “enrichment and enhancement of childhood experiences”.
The delivery vehicles such as working in partnerships with schools and local communities were tested in the first year.
At the end of the year an assessment was made and future approaches were agreed upon.
The main objectives, as registered with the Charities Commission are:
(a) Advancing in life and helping children and young people by developing their skills, capacities and capabilities;
(b) Advancing education;
(c) Providing recreational and leisure time activity.
Our Stories ...
There are stories of what we’ve been up to, what we’ve learnt and what we are exceptionally proud of. Not to mention pictures. So enjoy reading.
What People Say In Kenya
We strongly believe our charity is a transformative one for the villages and communities we become involved with, and it has had a very positive response from the communities themselves.
“I have never seen so many books.”
- Marietta, age 12 -
“This is my first time holding a book.”
- Juma, age 25 -
“The library helped me get better at school.”
- Aisha, age 16 -
“I like to play. I like all the toys.”
Sule, age 5
“I became a librarian. My English is better now. I read to the children."
Haji, age 32
“It’s great to have somewhere to do my homeworks.”
Elizabeth, age 13
“The children’s schoolwork is so much better now. The library is really helping.”
Teacher of Little Moon School
“I like to use library because i like having fun with children like taught them to read and telling them stories of books. My favourite story which i like to read to children is winne the pooh and also the why micky mouse thts call like now i feeling good because the cgp and gcse books bcoz they really helping me litle in my school but there is different with sillabus but some few topic which are relating my book which iever read is illustrud science encyclopedia yes there is paperss now we are having fun with children hve a nice time”
“I like to volunteer to read to other children. I think my school performance has inproved because of that and my teacher says it has.”
“I like to read to others and especially to momma Ann. She likes the crafts because she gets to do things she has never done before. Her English is improving, even her teacher says so.”
Shaline Atieno, 13
“I like to read and listen to stories. I like the different things we do at arts and crafts. Today we made paperchains. Teacher says my performance has improved. It is good to do things that we don’t do at school.”
“I like Ann and Mesaidi to listen to me read. The other children also listen. I like craft Saturdays where we do different things. My teacher says my work has improved because of the books.”
What People Say In the UK
“I have to say I do admire what you are achieving and it’s so refreshing to engage with someone brimming with ideas and enthusiasm.”
Bedford Writing Competition
‘Fantastic way of making use of the spare books and textbooks, while giving others the opportunity to read. What could be better?’
Steph our regular book donor summarised our work perfectly.
“As a football club we welcomed the chance to help kids in Kenya. It is great to see how caring our own children are given the opportunity.” Knebworth Football Club
“We get so many books donated to our store, but unfortunately we cannot sell them all. People don’t buy books very much any more. It’s great that we can ship them to Kenya and know that they will be used, rather than sending them to a landfill.”
Oxfam Book Shop
“Our Eco-Warriers are very passionate about making sure our school is as environmentally friendly as possible. When they were asked to come up with a solution for dealing with our old textbooks they came up with the fantastic idea of donating them to schools abroad. Just be a Child was the only charity we could find that would take our books.” Trotts Hill Primary School
“Destroying books is wrong. But what can we do with them? Donating them to charity that you know is going to do something worthwhile with them is the perfect solution.”
“We encourage our children to donate their unwanted books and in turn we get very inspiring talks about life in Kenya. We can see how our books help children and adults there to better their lives.”
While as trustees of Just be a Child, we believe that it is not all about the numbers, we are pleased to present our Accounts and Reports as set out by the Companies Act 2006. These have been prepared in accordance with the Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland (FRS 102) (effective 1 January 2015).