Start A Library Campaign raises Nine Million Kenya Shillings

The Start A Library Campaign has raised 9 Million Kenyan Shillings to support the development of 30 libraries to be installed in schools throughout Kenya in 2016.

Start A Library is a Kenyan reading promotion initiative that enhances access to storybooks for children and nurtures a culture of reading for pleasure. The fundraising campaign which has also been extended and will close on 31st of December was designed to support the development of 1000 model libraries in public primary schools.

“The journey to literacy does not stop here, and I encourage Kenyans to support the Start A Library campaign that will go on until we meet our goal of providing libraries for our children.” campaign Ambassador and Patron, Dr. Auma Obama said.

Start a Library and Partners came together to fundraise and participate in positively impacting 10 million children in Kenya who do not have access to story books.

“We are thankful for the support that we have attained thus far and we will keep on pushing on with our mission to ensure we secure a greater reading culture in our nation. Start A Library will keep going forward and we would like more Kenyans and corporates to partner with us as we look at bridging the literary gap.” Storymoja Africa founder, Muthoni Garland said.

The Start A Library campaign is backed by the Yetu Initiative which is a collaboration between USAID, the Aga Khan Foundation, and other partners that empower local communities to drive the priorities and solutions that best address local development needs. Show your support by using #StoryForChela.

The target is to raise 30 million and this is taking place on a digital platform and via Mpesa Paybill number 202211.

One can also support this initiative by logging onto to co-author a #StoryForChela for as little as 10 shillings a word and be part of the first ever book written by a nation.


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