Well yes, I am taking a modified break, as I a truly incapable of taking a complete break.
Recently Lesely Koyi, who was interviewed in Words From the Wise in May, contacted me about a library in Kenya that is in great need.
As you may recall, Lesley is a librarian and poet. He recently launched a boys lit club for his local community and they are in desperate need of books. I interviewed Lesley a few days ago about his new project so that we all have the information that we need to help these kids have access to books. Please read the interview below.
Good morning from Kenya. It's a bright morning over here, and I must say I am honored very much to be hosted by you for another interview. I therefore wish to offer my sincere answers to the questions asked by you as follows.
The history of this organization is that Single Mothers Association of Kenya is a non-profit community based organization that was formed in 1991, and legally registered under the ministry of culture and social services. This ministry is committed to addressing major problems facing the single adolescent mothers and the vulnerable girls within the slums communities in Nairobi and other parts of the country. This they do through offering vocational training to the women, girls and boys. The training is to help them become self employed in the future. The training is offered in tailoring and dress making, welding and fabrication, embroidery, bead and leather work, electrification skills, and also voluntary counselling and testing, and then last but not least, the community library services. The community being catered for in the projects of Single Mothers Association of Kenya is one that is riddled with drugs, crime, high level of school drop outs, unwanted pregnancies and poverty. This, therefore, makes it impossible for the majority of parents to afford the buying of books for their children as this is challenged by the need to put food on the table. It is a hustle, if not a struggle for many to gain access to the 3 basic needs--food, shelter, and clothing. Currently, because of many financial challenges that Angeline has faced in the running of this project, the library has suffered the most with no books and dusty shelves. This is where I think and wish I can help by getting good friends who will stand with me and make the availability of books to this community and children become a reality. Knowledge is power, and that will transform this community both socially and economically.
2. How did you become involved, and what do you do?
3. Who are the children that you are servicing? How many children, ages, are they in school, what are their home lives like?
4. How many books do you currently have and what are your most urgent needs in terms of type of book that you are looking for?
Sandi, I must say thanks very much for hosting me again for another interview and this is a sure sign that you are touched with my endeavor to enrich the kids with books. I believe with your support this will no longer be a long journey and never will it be a far cry anymore. Please feel free to include the link to my blog so that the world can know how I feel about the development of the library in Africa and Kenya to be precise.
As you can see by reading Lesley's responses to my questions, this is a desperate situation. Please reach into your hearts and send some new or previously loved books to Lesley--the boys and their families need our help.
SINGLE MOTHERS ASSOCIATION OF KENYA
**ON THE PACKAGE BE SURE TO MARK THAT THIS IS A DONATION SO THAT THE SINGLE MOTHERS ASSOCIATION DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY CUSTOMS FEES WHEN THEY PICK UP AT THE POST OFFICE***