Just be a Child

Registered Charity Number 1153532

Total raised
£40.00 + £10.00 Gift Aid = £50.00
+ £10.00 Gift Aid
+ £0.00 Gift Aid

About Just be a Child

We inspire Kenyan children to read by building free, community run libraries and learning centres. We collect books, learning material and more in the UK load it all into a 40ft container and ship it to Kenya. 

There the container is converted, by the local community, into the library. The shelves are filled with 5,000 books, toys and games and learning material too. The rest, almost 25,000 books gets donated to schools, orphanages and other partners. The libraries are run by fully trained community volunteers.

To ensure continuous engagement we also run various sessions. Our most popular are arts and crafts sessions and sport days. Our playground is a real hit too. We work with the community on providing motivational and educational talks on subjects ranging from health, to safe sex, to starting and running a business. And we run our ever-growing Young Writer competition.

We have built 3 libraries so far but have great ambitions to build at least 30 by 2030. With your help of course. 

A small, yet fast growing charity, Just be a Child uses some innovative but, by now, tried and tested techniques for community engagement. 

We have incredible long-lasting results. Some we've expected such as 1,200 members of each library, 250 active visitors each month, and 60 children attending our arts and crafts sessions to name but a few. Others we did not. The main unexpected result is that teachers from nearby schools come and learn from our librarians, even from the children themselves. 

Our work is deeply community driven and depends on the enthusiasm and initiative of our volunteers, both in the UK and in Kenya. We also believe that we assist the Kenyan communities in finding ways to education, better futures and happier childhood, but they have to do the work.  

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