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Library Centers in Nairobi slum



Progressive Volunteers plans to set up community library centers in each of the six Ruaraka communities in Nairobi. i.e Mathare North, Mathare 4A, Kariobangi, Korogocho, Baba Dogo and Lucky Summer. These communities have only two public schools and this has left majority of pupils to attend non-formal schools ill equipped with learning materials. The project will provide rich supply of curriculum books and critical literacy support services for the school pupils and community members.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

There are currently 12 public primary and secondary schools in Ruaraka slums. Although the Kenyan government is working diligently to offer affordable education for its children in these schools, there are several children left out attending more than 150 non-formal schools which are ill equipped with basic learning materials. Lack of access to information materials is a major contributor to low education standards in the area.This has attributed greatly to abject poverty in the communities.

How will this project solve this problem?

The project will set up 6 community library centres that will lend rich supply of curriculum books and critical literacy support services for the school pupils and community members. The project will also bring information closer to people, promote a culture of reading among the people of the slums, equip students with extra information from the class and to alleviate immoral practices by giving someone a chance to critically think of community development initiatives.

Potential Long Term Impact

It is our interest that the idea of community library centres will act as a catalyst to many of the community challenges i.e crime and high unemployment. School children in over 150 non formal schools will improve in education standards. The youth will also learn on many important and viable projects that would see them generate income for themselves. Furthermore, as the saying goes, there is power in knowledge. People will be developed intellectually hence can make informed decisions.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Jeremiah Mzee

Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

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Map of Library Centers in Nairobi slum
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