Teach 75 mothers to read stories to kids in Kenya

by Maria's Libraries
Sep 23, 2011

Fall Update on Maria's Libraries

Librarian Esther teaches the latest story
Librarian Esther teaches the latest story

Dear Friends of Maria's Libraries Mama Mtoto Project,

As ever we have much to report!  But we'll keep our role in the report simple.  We'll tell you the status and thing bring out the voices of the participants of the Mama Mtoto Story Time Project themselves.

In Elangata Wuas, Garissa, Lamu and Busia, the Mama-Mtoto Storytime project is in its final weeks.  Not only did each site teach participating mamas to read storybooks to their children, the mamas from each site put together their own storybook based on traditional tales from their community.  Those books have been publilshed in Kenya, and are now being used in the Mama-Mtoto storytime projects.  We're currently working on getting them published in the US-- the next update will include information on that, plus the evaluation of the project!

I hope all is well with all of you,

Eva and Ariel

The mamas speak about Mama-Mtoto:

It has been very good to share with my children, reading, and now the kids get so interested they don't go so far to play, they stay close and ask me to read to them. Giving up my time to come here, is not wasting time it is valuable time.

My brain has gone to sleep completely, I would have never thought of picking up a book. But now I am awake, I want to read and my kids are also very excited they want to read more storybooks. They know now that there is a library and they will read more. The future is bright and I see reading in their future!

The mamas in Busia speak one week after they received the Busia book:

My kids kept on challenging me, you wrote this, Busia can produce a book. So they realized after a while.

My kids were asking if the books can be sold. Then their friends could buy the book, to see their moms and the story from Busia.

Can we sell some of these books to our schools? Because we have books that are not from here, and this book is from here.

Portrait of Mamas participating in Busia
Portrait of Mamas participating in Busia
The Mamas check out their self-published book!
The Mamas check out their self-published book!

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Maria's Libraries

Location: Brooklyn, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.mariaslibraries.org
Maria's Libraries
Project Leader:
Eva Kaplan
Brooklyn, NY Kenya

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