Build a library for 500,000 Kenyans (Tranche 1)

by Maria's Libraries
Jul 9, 2013

Good news and bad news from Busia

Dear Friends of Maria’s Libraries,

Each Saturday, the library fills up with visitors—children wishing to look at books or use iPads, university students looking for a quiet place to study, adults looking to browse the internet or read the newspaper.

The good news is that these users are increasing each month, as the library becomes more known and its services are more relevant to community needs.

The bad news is that the library in its current space can no longer fit them. On school holidays, 20-30 children sit in the library lawn, waiting for there to be room for them to enter. We’re thrilled that the library means so much to them. And we’re itching to get started on the new building.

Currently, the Busia Community Library is working on a number of fronts to fundraise for construction. This includes lobbying the County and National Government for funding, screening films at schools and Churches and advertising via piki pikis (motorcycle taxis). Additionally, the Library hopes to increase awareness and membership rates with the implementation of these activities.

We’re almost ready to start on the first phase of building, thanks to your support and the support of others across the US and Kenya. You can help!  As ever, we greatly appreciate your contribution.


PS. For those of you interested in Kenya’s recent decentralization, and how it relates to libraries, stay tuned for upcoming blog posts on our experience in Kenya.  We’d also love you hear your experiences!  Feel free to email with tales of decentralization. . .


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Maria's Libraries

Location: Brooklyn, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Maria's Libraries
Project Leader:
Ariel Schwartz
Austin, TX United States

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