Please tell a story about a time when a person or organization tried to help someone or change something in your community:

Turning Tables

About six years ago,a friend mine shared an idea with me about starting a project which could improve education standards in the community and people's living standards;and also change their negative attitude towards development.In our discussion we enlisted problems as followers. -high rate of poverty at 25% -high rate of school of drop outs -high rate of illeteracy -high rate of unemployment -Lack of continunity in leaving -Lack of economic empowerment The problems highlighted above were enough to enable us turn a committee to ensure that the dream came to reality.In 2006,the committee sought political backing from the area M.P who gave us seed money to start money to start the project.The funds enabled the committee to renovate the library building,bought books.The Dept.of Adult Education gave the committee15,000/-for purchase of furniture,shelves and also books. The main objective was to cultivate a reading culture which is generally very poor in Kenya.This has created interest in youngsters who come to acquire skills in knowledge.The library receives many school going children especially during holidays.Some students excluded in their exams and have been admitted to National schools. The main problem is lack of funding to develop the project,increasing the reading space,purchase books,computers for centres documentation.The project was registered s SHINYALU COMMUNITY LIBRARY AND NOW IT IS SHINYALU COMMUNITY LEARNING RESOURSE CENTRE,based at SHINYALU MARKET in Kakamega East District.


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  • This story makes me feel inspired
  • This story relates to knowledge
  • This story relates to self-esteem
  • This story relates to freedom
  • I helped make the story happen

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  • Gender of storyteller: Male
  • Age of storyteller: Over 60 years old
  • This story took place more than 2 years ago
  • Location: Virhembe, Shinyalu-kakamega East, Kenya
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