Our First Library
In September 2020 we opened our first library in Watamu.
The aim was to provide children with a welcoming, interactive learning environment that encouraged reading comprehension, fun and imagination.
We pulled together a team of local parents who cleaned and painted a disused nursery school and opened it up to the children of Watamu. It has a large central area divided by a low wall, each section has a blackboard. There is a small room for the younger children and a large corridor area for some quiet reading space. We have a storage/office room to keep the books secure and clean.
Initially, Lesley carried books in her luggage but has since sent two shipments of donated children's books totalling 5000 books.
Every weekend the library is a hub of activity.
Unlike school, children sit on chairs at tables and get dedicated Literacy support in a clean and safe environment.
This is not always their experience at school.
In March 2022, we bought more tables and chairs to cope with the growing numbers of children attending the library.
Each school holiday the library sees a full house of children of all ages reading, writing and playing word games with our amazing Literacy Support Team.
In May 2023 we opened a second Library at The Kenya Wildlife Service at Temple Point. This attracts children from Dongakundu and Garoda who are some of the most economically disadvantaged.
This library also acts as a conservation education centre for visitors and the community. Read more....