April 11, 2017

Our Impact

Attention, enjoyment, support

Direct impact our libraries have:

  • 2,200 members, 500 visitors each month;
  • 42 school partners around each library, up to 5,500 pupils visiting each library every month;
  • Informal lessons: arts and crafts; writing and creative writing; reading and reading aloud; after-school homework clubs attracting on average 50 children at each library;
  • Formation of groups: mothers and toddlers; women support group; disability support group; traditional dance groups; volleyball and other sports groups. We have 11 member traditional women dancers group, two volleyball teams, seven mother and toddler group members, and 24 disabled children support group;
  • Formation of business opportunities: tool lending scheme; shoe making and repair shop; ironing services; chip shop; waste management group came out of the think tank and continuing to be profitable;
  • Improved grades at schools, particularly in reading, composition and writing. Efficiency (speed) of reading and range of vocabulary also increases. 17 out of 21 schools reported higher grades at end-year exams;
  • The importance of education is raised and children kept out of school are often re-enrolled (16 – 9 girls and 7 boys);
  • Four adults returned to school to finish their education;
  • English, which is an official language, is being improved and conversations with librarians and library users are much more comprehensive;
  • Communities are introduced to the concept of volunteering and subsequently develop further activities such as cleaning up their neighbourhood or organising fun events;
  • The community spirit and feel of cohesion is raised;
  • Attitudes shift from the expectation that others will provide and dependency on foreign resolution to we must ensure our young succeed;
  • In the UK, school children are informed of life in Kenya via lessons and exchange Skype talks;
  • Also in the UK, books including text books are utilised rather than sent to landfill; and
  • Other charities get to ship to their projects with the aid of JBAC.

Direct impact of playgrounds:

  • It is used by 120 children each week at all three locations;
  • Ensures that mothers can get on with chores while the children play in a safe environment; and
  • Encourages children to play and young people to channel their energy into something other than drink.

Indirect impact of JBAC’s projects:

There are many impacts we did not anticipate. Such as: confidence in which children communicate after just few weeks; changes in communities and their outlook on life; increase in positive images of their future; greater understanding of value of money; increased respect for teachers as a profession; increased value of education; and much more comprehensive and detailed understanding of project management (from pricing to evaluating impact) and proposing solutions to problems.

We have also been instrumental in:

  • Introducing playgrounds as a concept in Ukunda and subsequently seen the installations of numerous playgrounds;
  • Inspiring teachers to copy, borrow and expand our ideas and directly ask for advice and help from us and our librarians;
  • Creating job opportunities; and
  • Enabling our volunteer librarians to start their own enterprises.

But don’t just take our word for it. Take a look what people say, both in the Kenya and UK.

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