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.
While it is intended to maintain the supply of very basic resources to the library and the schools into the foreseeable future, it is also planned to extend the work, by building outdoor shelters within the library complex, constructing eco-friendly toilet facilities, improving school classrooms, extending library resources and raising sufficient funds to assist deserving children to complete secondary education and university.
What we have achieved so far:
In 2012 the Kids in Kenya volunteer team completed the construction of a community library in Usonga and stocked it with books. A huge achievement with the facility now being used by most of the children and villagers alike.
Supplied truck-loads of resources including paper, basic textbooks, pens and pencils, thongs and sporting equipment, all needed for the daily work of teaching and learning.
Commenced planning to extend facilities within the library compound site to construct outdoor study shelters to enable the students to work under cover.
Commenced negotiations with the community to construct eco-friendly toilet facilities on the site as well as to rebuild the dilapidated nursery building nearby.
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Tax deduction through Rotary International applies. (NB. Dates and costs are approximate and will be confirmed by end of 2013)
KIDS in KENYA has another immersion trip to the village of Usonga in western Kenya heading off on Saturday 20 September 2014 and returning on Saturday 18 October 2014 which coincides with New South Wales school holidays. Paule Browne-Cooper will be leading the group and will be working in partnership with The Rotary Clubs of Sydney Cove and Drummoyne and the Rotary Club of Siaya in western Kenya.
You will be touched by the friendliness and generosity of spirit of Kenyans and help kids realise their dreams of an education! Travel through this incredibly diversified country, from world famous game parks, off the beaten track villages, the savannah, incredible Lake Victoria and the exciting chaos that is Nairobi!
Our team at Kids In Kenya is delighted to announce that on 10 April 2013 our Usonga Community Library was officially opened. Tom and Meg Gervay of The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove were in attendance as representatives of Kids In Kenya. It was a grand affair with around 500 guests participating. The Chief, members of the Rotary Club of Siaya and also the Army, children and villagers were there in force.