Every child deserves an education and Kids in Kenya has made a difference.
Kids in Kenya is a non-profit organisation founded by Pauline Browne-Cooper in 2006 and is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities of thousands of disadvantaged children in a poor and remote community in western Kenya. Run by a small group of committed and enthusiastic volunteers, Kids in Kenya initially set out to provide basic materials such as pens and paper, footballs and rubber thongs by purchasing the goods in Nairobi, and personally delivering them to the schools in Usonga, thereby ensuring they arrived intact, and that they reached the children most in need.
Over the years the vision grew and now Kids in Kenya has constructed a community library which is used by more than 7,000 children and villagers and has become the focal meeting point of the community-at-large.
“Organising volunteer trips over the years has been a joy, the volunteers become the life blood of the village” says Browne-Cooper, founder of Kids in Kenya,
“… they immerse themselves in village life, working on projects and making their mark”.
Deb, Wycliffe - Usonga Community Library Librarian & Manager; Paule, Founder of Kids in Kenya
Tom & Meg Gervay, members of The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove; Deb King, educator; our UK contingent Samantha Hunt, passionate about education of disadvantaged kids, Steve Bowden, soccer player, team player & Paule, founder & trustee.
What we achieved:
completion of six shelters and 2 eco toilets situated within the library compound; for which the Gervays were entirely responsible
meetings with elders of the village to ensure sustainability of Usonga Community Library (UCL)
agreement with Kisumu National Library Service (KNLS) making Usonga Community Library (UCL) a satellite of KNLS – an enormous benefit which includes the supply of books and other learning materials to the library
appointment of a full-time qualified librarian to UCL as well as 2 trainee librarians
painting of library shelves and displaying signs around the village to encourage the children to use the facility
visits to primary and secondary schools in Usonga engaging with the teachers and children
provision of soccer gear and playing soccer with the kids: always a highlight for our volunteers
more books on shelves & other educational learning materials
construction of a nursery/kindy for orphaned children
assisting with the repair or rebuilding of dilapidated school buildings.
Thanks to all you Australians who support Kids in Kenya and who care about education and the opportunities it creates. Without you, Kids in Kenya and Usonga Community Library would not be what it is today... an incredible success story.
There is much to do to help these kids fulfil their dreams of an education – contact us to see how you can assist us.