27th we moved Kawangware library to new premesis on Naivasha road
in Kawangware. This was because of rent increases made by the existing
landlord, and by the increase in use of the library by the community!
WFF found a room built with CDF funding, and it was agreed to let
the library move in at a low rent.
The centre is still trying
to find methods of sustaining itself
This morning WFF had a
meeting to set future goals.This came as a result of the rapid growth
in the current use of our library:- in the last 4 months we have 1,200
active library users and even the study room has become smaller! Most
of the users -expecially children - are coming from far away, and
at times, (since we close at 6 pm), they arrive home late as they
need to use the library for study daily.
We have resolved that we
make an effort to seek for a willing donor who can help us in the
future to open another library at Kamitha area, closer to most kids
who comes from far away.
Should this goal succed then we shall still call the library as KAWANGWARE
KIDSLIBS CENTRE 2. The landlord at the existing centre has raised
the rent of the library to Ksh 15000 from 12,000/-
which we did not expect.
By fund raising will we will
be able to sustain our existing centre and even to start thinking
of getting a donor who can help us buy a plot for the current library.
... second meeting!!
We had our second bookclub meeting at Braeburn
school. The children have been reading The Outsiders by H.E.
Hinton. Their second book is Burn My Heart by Beverley Naidoo.
All of the books are focusing on the theme of reconciliation in view
of local events since the 2007 general elections.
We now have a membership
of over 1,200 since opening at the end of January!
Susan Phillips is running
this, currently only at Kawangware. Girls from our centre are writing
to other children in the USA - a girls scouts group, talking about
their likes and dislikes, their dreams etc. We will see how this goes
before introducing at the other centres!
of the centre!!
January 26th 2008!!
10 O'Clock on the 26th of January we opened the centre! The event
was quite low key for several reasons;- firstly because of current
unrest we did not want to attract too big a crowd, and secondly because
Safaricom our main sponsor could not come due to security concerns.
They will do a high profile opening some time in the future when the
current unrest has calmed.
did however have several schools performing poems, dancing or plays,
several speakers, and every school managed to come inside the library
to see it! They all wanted to enrole immediately!!
had visitors:- from Braeburn Preparatory School who also donated 12
boxes of book as part of their bookweek! Donna Kranik from Rosslyn
Academy school, the area chief, and other local representatives, including
from KRep bank, who hold the bank account for WFF.
done Isabella. Maurice, Henry snd Jackson for getting the centre open!
You all worked REALLY hard!!! The centre looks great, and here's hoping
will be well used by ALL members of the community!
will be open daily from Monday 28th January!
donation! (February 2008)
We have been donated a new
wheelchair by Church of the Latterday Saints! We hope that wheelchair-
bound users will come to the library in their own chairs, and move
to the library chair whilst they use the library!
Foundation second installment
In March we received the
second installment of our support from Safaricom Foundation! This
will enable us to continue running the centre, set up our drama and
music groups, and hopefully leave us with enough to set up the method
of sustainability for when the Safaricom money finishes. WFF is planning
to start a posho mill project, involving grinding grain and selling
for a small profit.
We are still
looking for two computers to put in this new library... any donation
We also need
a set of encyclopaedias post 1973!!!...
If you have
any old CD ROM's e.g. Encarta or other information based CD ROM these
would also be gladly accepted!
We have a local artist ready
and waiting to show our centre members how to draw, paint etc.
The local drama group has
already performed at the centre, but we also hope to create our own
drama group with children of all ages with the local schools. George
Nderitu from Haba na Haba in Mathare is visiting the centre soon to
discuss ways he can assist in setting up library drama groups.
The Bookclub will hopefully
start after Easter with Braevurn Prep school in Nairobi. We are in
negotiation to create a monthly bookclub, where 6 children (3 boys
and 3 girls, age 12yrs) from Kawangware centre, and the same from
Braeburn will meet monthly at Braeburn (Braeburn providing the transport
for the Kawangware kids) to discuss a different book every month.
Watch this space for developments. Susan Philips will be coordinating
the clubs of behalf of KidsLibs Trust.