Worldreader

Donate

Kenya

People Reading on Mobile Phones in Kenya: 13,700

People Reading on E-Readers in Kenya: 91,494

Book Languages Available: Swahili, English, Dholuo, Ekegusii, Gikuyu, Gujarati, Kamba, KiembuShow More, LulogooliHide (source: Ethnologue)

Kenya Population: 44 Million

Kenya GDP: $41.1 Billion

Languages Spoken: Swahili, English, Arabic, Aweer, Borana, Burji, Chichonyi, ChidzihanaShow More, Chikauma, Chidigo, Chiduruma, Daasanach, Mfantse, Dahalo, Dawida, Dholuo, Ekegusii, El Molo, Gichuka, Gikuyu, Gujarati, Kalenjin, Kamba, Keiyo, Kiembu, Kigiryama, Kimîîru, Kipfokomo, Kipsigis, Kitharaka, Kiwilwana, Goan, Kuria, Lubukusu, Luidakho, Luisukha, Lutirichi, Lukabaras, Lulogooli, Lutachoni, Maasai, Markweeta, Mwimbi, Muthambi, Nandi, Nubi, Nyala, Okiek, Olukhayo, Oluluyia, Olumarachi, Olunyole, Olusamia, Olushisa, Olutsotso, Oluwanga, Omotik, Orma, Panjabi, Pökoot, Rendille, Sabaot, Sagalla, Samburu, Singa, Somali, Suba, Taveta, Terik, Teso, Tugen, Turkana, Waata, YaakuHide (source: Ethnologue)

Adult Literacy Rate in Kenya: 78%


Learn about our e-reader programs in Kenya:


The Kilgoris Project
Ntimigom School Kenya

Location: Kilgoris, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: The Kilgoris Project

Launch Date: June 2011

Approximate number of students and teachers: 220

Number of devices: 265 Wi-Fi Kindles

Students’ grade level: Primary 1-4

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, and reference materials

Deployment model: E-readers used in a classroom set and each teacher has an e-reader.  More detail in our Oct. 2011 report here.

Students take devices home: Some do, at the teachers’ discretion.

Other notable points:  Teachers from three other surrounding schools (also sponsored by The Kilgoris Project) also have Kindles. They can already use and teach with e-readers and hope that, in the future, The Kilgoris Project will expand the program to the students at their schools. Also, the kids are using books that are in English and in Kiswahili, including Nyumba ya Sungura (The Rabbit’s House) and Kanuki na Mti wa Matamanio (Kanuki and the Wishing Tree).

Ouko Memorial Library
Ouku Students

Location:  Koru, Nyanza Province, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Dr. Robert John Ouko Memorial Community Library and GordonFamily ConnectAfrica

Launch Date: March 2012

Students and teachers: 400

Number of devices: 250 3G Kindles

Students’ grade level: Primary

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, and reference materials

Deployment model: E-readers in a classroom set and in the Dr. Robert Ouko Memorial Library

Do students take devices home: No

Osborne Memorial Library
Osborne Memorial Library

Location: Maai Mahiu, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Kansas 2 Kenya and the Osborne Family (in memory of Gladys Marie & The Rev. H. Paul Osborne)

Launch Date: Fall 2012

Students and teachers:  Library serving 1,200 students

Number of devices: 137 3G Kindle devices

Students’ grade level: Primary through Secondary

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, religious books, and reference materials

Deployment model: E-readers in a library/learning center

Do students take devices home: No

The story: On the edge of a highway that runs outside of Nairobi lies a town challenged by unpredictable weather patterns; farming and harvesting are chief among many of the challenges this town faces. With little opportunity for work and income, most women have resorted to the sex trade for survival, in turn leaving a town high in HIV, death and orphans. The town people and community are not ready to give up. Working with new innovations in agriculture and new technologies in education there is reason for hope. Through the assistance of Kansas 2 Kenya, the Osborne Family and both the Anglican Church of Kenya and the St. James Episcopal Church, the Osborne Memorial Library has just finished laying its last bricks and awaits its new set of E-readers.

The New Dawn Educational Centre
Worldreader Project New Dawn

Location:  Huruma and Githogoro Settlements, Nairobi, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: African Leadership, Inc.

Launch Date: February 1st, 2013

Students and teachers:  11 teachers, 160 students

Number of devices: 60 Wi-Fi Kindles

Students’ grade level: Secondary

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, and reference materials

Deployment model:  E-readers in a classroom set

Do students take devices home: No

The story:  The New Dawn Educational Centre (NDEC) provides hope for the hopeless by serving students from the surrounding informal settlements of Huruma and Githogoro. The school serves youth who are poor and/or orphaned. There are160 students in Forms 1-4 equivalent to grades 9 -12 in the American system. The school began as an outreach to provide an alternative for those who were dropping out of school by the time they finished primary school at the end of Standard 8 due to a lack of affordable and accessible secondary schooling close to the neighborhoods where they lived. NDEC was founded in January 2006 in tin shacks scattered throughout the community.

PRIMR Program
RTI project sponsored by USAID Kenya

Location: Kisumu, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: USAID

Launch Date: February 2013

Approximate number of students and teachers: 1000

Number of devices: 1050 Wi-Fi Kindles

Students’ grade level: Primary 2

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks and reference materials (Eng, Swahili, and Dholuo)

Deployment model: Each student has an e-reader

Students take devices home: Some do, at the head teacher’s discretion

Other notable points: This project is part of an ICT randomized control trial implemented by RTI International, which aims to assess the effectiveness of a set of ICT interventions within the Primary Math and Reading (PRIMR) program in Kenya.

Suzy Peacock Memorial Secondary School
Suzy Peacock Memorial School Project

Location: Eldoret, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Christian Relief Fund

Launch Date: March 2013

Approximate number of students and teachers: 4 teachers, 100 students

Number of devices: 50 Wi-Fi Kindles

Students’ grade level: Secondary, Form 1-2

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, and reference materials

Deployment model: E-readers in a classroom set

Students take devices home: No

The Story: Suzy Peacock Memorial Secondary School is a brand new school in Eldoret, Kenya. The primary source of student enrollment are HIV/AIDS orphans that CRF cares for in this area. CRF started an orphan sponsorship program in 2007 with 35 orphans. The program has grown to over 300 children in 8 different centers located around Eldoret. Over the past 5 years, we have started 5 primary schools, but were missing a high quality secondary school for our older children. Suzy Peacock is the first. The vast majority of our children are not exposed to computers and other technology until post-secondary school. Our hope is to give our kids an opportunity to learn on a device like the Worldreader E-reader. With very limited resources, we hope to give each student access to all the textbooks, literature, and reference material via the internet as they need to excel. We hope to equip them with not only the knowledge contained in the E-readers, but to also develop a comfort level in approaching new technology as they further their education.

Kibera Girls’ Soccer Academy (KGSA)
Kibera Girls’ Soccer Academy (KGSA)

Location: Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Private donor

Launch Date: March 2013

Approximate number of students and teachers: 130 students, 20 teachers

Number of devices: 100 3G Kindles

Students’ grade level: Secondary, Form 1-4

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, and reference materials

Deployment model: E-readers in a classroom set

Students take devices home: Yes

The Story: Growing up and living in Kibera, Abdul Kassim saw how women faced a disproportionate amount of challenges and extreme gender inequalities in the slums and decided to start a soccer team for girls called Girls’ Soccer in Kibera in 2002. The idea was to foster a supportive community, providing emotional and mental support for young women in Kibera. The girls picked up the game quickly, and soon they were competing against the community’s boys’ teams. Despite the program’s success, the girls still fell victim to the sad realities of living in Kibera; the program was a good start, but Abdul knew a more systematic change needed to have the impact he hoped for. A school, for instance, could bring about longer-term change. A friend of Abdul’s offered to convert his house to a school, and other friends collected enough funds to buy tables, chairs and textbooks. In 2006, KGSA was established and the first 11 girls attended classes taught by two volunteer teachers. Today, KGSA has 20 full-time staff members and more than 130 students annually. It also provides various artistic and athletic programs aimed at inspiring the slum’s young women to become advocates of change within their own communities and for Kenya as a whole.

Imbuko Primary School

Location: Kajiado County, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Immanuel Rural Development Mission

Launch Date: 1 May 2013

Approximate number of students and teachers: 168

Number of devices: 50 Wi-Fi Kindles

Students’ grade level: Primary 4 – 6

Types of books: Textbooks, story books, language books

Deployment model: E-readers in a classroom set

Students take devices home: no, but using the kindle kit as a library for the boarding secondary school nearby after the primary school students leave for the day

The Story: The Immanuel Rural Development Mission is based in the middle of the Maasai, and has been for more than 20 years. Many Maasai have worked with the founders of the organization since the early 1990s, and as a result, the relationship that our mission has with the students and parents in our schools is less of that of a foreign charitable organization but more of a familial one. Currently, apart from textbooks, there are virtually no other books in the classrooms. By introducing e-readers, we hope to provide students with a wider selection of books that includes both educational tools and pleasure reading. In doing so, we want to stress the importance of reading and encourage and enable independent reading. We will know this technology has made a difference when students show a desire and an increased aptitude for reading.

Heritage Academy

Location: Lugari District, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Village Project Africa

Launch Date: July 2013

Approximate number of students and teachers: 560 students and 15 teachers

Number of devices: 50 Wi-Fi Kindles

Students’ grade level: Primary 5-6

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, reference materials

Deployment model: E-readers in a classroom set

Students take devices home: No

The Story: Heritage Academy was started in 2007 as a preschool to provide early literacy for orphaned and vulnerable children in the village of Makutano in Northwest Kenya (near Turbo). The preschool was so successful that a primary school was established in 2010 to offer the children further education. While Heritage Academy continues to focus on vulnerable children in the area, other children are welcome and the school now includes classes up to Standard Six and over 550 students. With the help of Village Project Africa, Inc., Heritage Academy will now be able to provide e-readers to our Class 6 and Class 5 students. The e-readers will vastly increase the reading material available to the students and their teachers.

Kakenya Centre for Excellence

Location: Enoosaen, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Kakenya Center for Excellence

Launch Date: October 2013

Approximate number of students and teachers: 155

Number of devices: 50 Wi-Fi Kindles

Students’ grade level: Primary 7-8

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, and reference material

Deployment model: E-readers in a classroom set

Students take devices home: No

The Story: Life for Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya was supposed to follow the traditional path. Engaged at age 5, she was to undergo female genital mutilation by the time she was a teenager, an event that would mark the end of her education and the beginning of her preparations for marriage. But Dr. Ntaiya had a different plan. First, she negotiated with her father, agreeing to be circumcised only if she could also finish high school. He agreed. Then she negotiated with the village elders to do what no girl had ever done: leave her Maasai village of Enoosaen in southwest Kenya to go to college in the United States. She promised that she would use her education to benefit Enoosaen. Kakenya is now fulfilling her promise to her community. As the founder of Kakenya Center for Excellence, the first girls’ primary boarding school in Enoosaen, Kakenya believes that education will empower and motivate young girls to become agents of change in their community and country. The school opened its doors in May 2009 and currently has 155 students in grades four through eight. It has become a beacon of hope to the girls and parents in Enoosaen, focusing on academic excellence, health education, female empowerment, leadership and community development.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School

Location: Otiende, Nairobi, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School

Launch Date: November 2013

Approximate number of students and teachers: 280 students and 30 teachers

Number of devices: 350 Wi-Fi Kindles

Students’ grade level: Secondary, Form 1-4

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, reference materials

Deployment model: Each student has an e-reader

Students take devices home: No

The Story: St. Aloysius was founded in 2004 by persons attempting to respond to the educational needs of youth who were AIDS-affected in Kibera Slum of Nairobi. St. Aloysius provides a holistic, value-oriented education at the secondary level to poor but bright youth who have lost both their parents to the AIDS pandemic or one parent with the surviving parent infected. St. Aloysius accepts 35 boys and 35 girls each year to begin 9th grade and provides a free education including school fees and breakfast and lunch on school days. Upon the completion of 12th grade, the students engage in a program of 6 months of community service and are then supported for their college studies in government and private tertiary level institutions, mainly in Kenya.

Kibera Laini Saba Primary School

Location: Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: the Religious of the Sacred Heart

Launch Date: Spring 2014

Approximate number of students and teachers: 450 students, 10 teachers

Number of devices: 50 Wi-Fi Kindles

Students’ grade level: Nursery – Class 8

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, reference materials

Deployment model: Library and classroom

Students take devices home: No

The Story: The school was begun in 1992. The main aim at the time was to cater for destitute children found scavenging for food in the slum and at the nearby market. The school was handed over to the parish in 1996. Since then it has grown gradually. Laini Saba School provides unique opportunity for every poor and destitute child to get quality education where they also have access to a feeding program, guidance and counseling services library services, computer lessons spirituality and moral formation. The school is part of Christ the King parish’s educational programs. It is administered by the Religious of the Sacred Heart Sisters. The school continues to admit children from disadvantaged families including orphans, former street children, children from single headed families, children with special needs e.g. physically challenged, epilepsy, asthmatic and HIV infected and affected cases.

Our desire to offer quality Education to “A child” is being realized through the efforts of ‘USA Mission Support Office’ and the Menard Family Foundation in the USA who linked us to Worldreader and has funded us hence enabling us to have a Library. With the e-readers I am assured of improvement in the performance. Thanks to Worldreader for all the support.

Kiwimbi Community Library Centre

Location: Amagoro, North Teso County, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Elewana Education Project

Launch Date: April 2014

Approximate number of students and teachers: 1,000+ students and 60 teachers

Number of devices: 25 Wi-Fi Kindles

Students’ grade level: All ages and grade levels

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, reference materials

Deployment model: Library

Students take devices home: No

The Story: The Kiwimbi Community Library Center aims to improve literacy and English-language skills of students in Amagoro. The Center directly serves three schools (Primary, Secondary, High School) in its immediate vicinity, as well as community members. The Total student population of these schools is well over 1,000. The Elewana Education Project is the primary funder of the Worldreader program at Kiwimbi. Elewana provides educational scholarships, leadership programs, cultural exchange programs with USA high school students. Kiwimbi is one the the libraries under Elewana’s “portfolio”, focusing specifically on English literacy and education in Amagoro.

Humble Hearts School for the Deaf

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Angel Covers

Launch Date: May 2014

Approximate number of students and teachers: 150 students, 10 teachers

Number of devices: 50 Wi-Fi Kindles

Students’ grade level: Secondary

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, reference materials

Deployment model: Classroom

Students take devices home: No

The Story: Humble Hearts School for the Deaf, in Nairobi, Kenya, serves deaf and other disadvantaged children who are suffering due to poverty, loss of their parents, or a combination of these burdens. Some Kenyans still believe that deafness is a curse, breaking families apart through bitterness and misunderstanding. Many parents in the slums of Nairobi scrape together a meager existence as it is, and the added difficulties of raising special needs children and their siblings is nearly impossible. Humble Hearts provides an opportunity for orphaned or impoverished students to receive special education.

Sarah Obama Community Library
Sarah Obama Community Library

Location: Kogelo, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Andrea Pollack, Cintra Pollack and Family

Launch Date: April 2015

Approximate number of students and teachers: 5,000 community members including students and 100 teachers

Number of devices: 35 Wi-Fi Kindles

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, and reference materials

Deployment model: Community Library

Students take devices home: No

The Story: The Sarah Obama Community Library was established by Sarah Onyango Obama, known as “Mama Sarah,” who is dedicated to supporting orphans and poverty-stricken families in Kenya. In April 2015, Mama Sarah partnered with Worldreader to bring 7,000 e-books to the Sarah Obama Community Library thanks to the generous support of the Pollack Family. The library serves more than 5,000 community members and experiences an average of 400 patrons a week. The library conducts visiting programs with the e-readers to neighboring schools, reaching people in the surrounding communities. Since the introduction of e-readers, patronage at the Sarah Obama Community Library during the after-school hours has tripled; kids are coming to the library to read on the e-readers instead of playing.

Kibera School for Girls
Kibera School for Girls

Location: Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Van der Meulen Family

Launch Date: April 2015

Approximate number of students and teachers: 214 Students and 34 Teachers

Number of devices: 50 Wi-Fi Kindles

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, and reference materials

Deployment model: School Library

Students take devices home: No

The Story: Kibera School for Girls (KSG) was started in 2009 by Kennedy and Jessica Posner, the founders of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). KSG offers full scholarships to young girls from Kibera (Kenya’s largest slum), providing education as well as community-wide services. In April 2015, SHOFCO partnered with Worldreader to bring 50 e-readers loaded with 5,000 e-books to KSG. Read more about the Launch here.

Project LEAP
Project LEAP

Location: Western Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Launch Date: March 2014

Approximate number of patrons: 20,000 patrons reached through e-reader training

Number of devices: 200 E-Readers

Age Range: Students to Adults

Types of books: Textbooks and Teachers Guides, Reference, Literacy Works, in English and Swahili

Deployment model: Library

Students take devices home: Some

The Story: Project LEAP— “Libraries, e-Reading, Activities and Partnership” – was a groundbreaking pilot program implemented by Worldreader in partnership with eight public and community libraries in Western Kenya. The LEAP pilot aimed to increase the availability of reading materials in Kenya’s libraries with the provision of e-readers filled with relevant books.

The one-year pilot tested the use, function and adoption of e-readers in selected libraries to determine how e-readers affect library patronage, communities, staff, policies and procedures. Ultimately, these learnings are informing the expansion of digital reading programs in libraries across Kenya and sub-Saharan Africa. The final report is available here.

Baba Nyumbani Children’s Home
Horizon

Location: Kitale, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: The Dreamweaver Foundation

Launch Date: May 2015

Approximate number of students: 100+, not including community members

Number of devices: 135 e-readers

Age Range: Readers will be accessed by kids Grade 1 to Form 4. Targeted grade levels are 2-8. Additional readers will serve secondary students and adults.

Types of books: Course books and storybooks for primary and secondary school students, biographies, history, and fiction

Deployment model: Library

Students take devices home: No

The Story: The e-readers reside in the technology center of the Baba Nyumbani Children’s Home. They are accessible to not only the children who live at the home, but also to students from the school and other community members. The Baba Nyumbani Children’s Home is supported by Horizon Initiative, a non-profit organization rescuing and empowering orphaned children to self-sustainability through a micro-community model.

Rarieda Training and Resource Centre
Untitled2

Location: Rarieda, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust & Klintworth Family Foundation

Launch Date: January 2016

Approximate number of students: 4500 students & 112 teachers

Number of devices: 85 Kindles, 7th Gen.

Age Range: Primary, Secondary, and Polytechnic

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, religious books, and general knowledge and reference materials

Deployment model: Resource Centre

Students take devices home: No

The Story: Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust has been in operation since 2009, with the mission of empowering communities and building their capacities to create positive change for children and youth. The vision of Rafiki is to make people believe in themselves and work together to build a vibrant and progressive community. Rafiki has implemented an e-reading program at Rarieda Training and Resource Centre, which offers a training hub for the community in various vocational skills and economic empowerment. Currently Rafiki works with 13 primary schools and 4 secondary schools. By implementing e-readers, they hope to provide students who visit the centre a wide selection of reading materials which may not be readily available in their schools, and in the process help them read more, read better, and improve their performance in school. Overall, they work to improve the reading culture and literacy levels within the community.

Lwala Community Alliance Programs
DSC05289

Location: Migori County, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Lwala Community Alliance & Klintworth Family Foundation

Launch Date: January 2016

Approximate number of students: 115

Number of devices: 150 Kindles, 7th Gen.

Age Range: Primary

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, religious books, and general knowledge and reference materials

Deployment model: Classroom

Students take devices home: Yes

The Story: Lwala Community Alliance is a local civil society organization working in Migori county Kenya. Lwala supports 13 area primary school with the goal of improving learning outcomes and achieving gender parity for boys and girls in the location. In 2016 they launched a pilot e-reader program across 6 primary schools from North Kamagambo Location Migori County-Kenya. The first phase of the program targets three public primary schools as the pilot schools and 3 control schools that will be used to compare results at the end of the year. The results from the pilot school will be used to extend the project to the ten remaining public primary schools within North Kamagambo Location. The goal of the project is to improve the quality and experience of learning for primary schools pupils in North Kamagambo, Migori county-Kenya to increase their performance and other learning outcomes. In 2 years, Lwala aims to increase the students’ literacy and language skills as well as build a culture of reading among adolescent girls and boys ages 11-19 years.

St. Mary’s Girls Boarding Primary School
Student training

Location: Narok, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Goodreads

Launch Date: February 2016

Approximate number of students: 400

Number of devices: 50 Kindles, 7th Gen.

Age Range: Primary 4-8

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks, and general knowledge and reference materials

Deployment model: Classroom

Students take devices home: No

The Story: St. Mary’s is a Catholic institution which serves young at-risk girls in the Narok community in Kenya. Many of the school’s attendees have been saved from early child marriage and female genital mutilation, and have been sponsored to receive an education. Unfortunately for most of the girls who refuse to undergo these cultural practices, they end up being disowned by their families and must find new homes or go through a difficult procedure to be accepted back in the community. This is slowly changing but many girls are in dire need of support.

Kakuma Refugee Camp
Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 3.26.30 PM

Location: Kakuma, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: The Vodafone Foundation

Launch Date: 2014

Communities Impacted: 184k people with 200 students

Number of devices: 35 Kindles

Age Range: Primary and Secondary

Types of books: Kenyan curriculum, storybooks, novels, biographies, & classics.

Deployment model: Library

Students take devices home: No

The Story: Two BLUE Boxes for Libraries were deployed for two separate programs. The first was sent to Kakuma camp in Kenya. This camp has 184k people with 200 students in a single classroom and is comprised mainly of refugees from South Sudan, Sudan, and Somalia. The second will be sent to Nyaragusu camp in Tanzania in late 2015. Most of the population here is French – speaking from the DRC & Burundi. Vodafone has launched each BLUE Box in tandem with its ‘Instant Kit Network’, which contains 25 tablets with open-source content, a projector, a charging kit, and a router from Safaricom.

SAIDE Community Library
13407199_1152445644818413_8210100504180864318_n

Location: Chavakali, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Friends of Tod & Allison Nielsen

Launch Date: March 2014

Communities Impacted: 20,000 community members

Number of devices: 60 Kindles

Age Range: Primary, secondary, tertiary, adult

Types of books: Kenyan curriculum, early readers, storybooks, novels, biographies, & classics.

Deployment model: Community Library

Students take devices home: No

The Story: The Sabatia Initiative for Sustainable Development Community (SAIDE) was founded in 2009 with the vision of equipping vulnerable communities in Vihiga County with self-reliance and sustainability. One of SAIDE’s programs is the SAIDE Community Library, which is patronized by primarily students from the surrounding primary and secondary schools, but also utilized by adults within the community. SAIDE Community Library received their first set of e-readers through Worldreader’s LEAP program in March 2014, and their second set through sponsorship in August 2016. Kelvin Guma, the Project Manager for the library, uses the e-readers to promote a thriving reading culture, and often brings the e-readers from the library to various locations so more students are able to use them.

Abercrombie and Kent Philanthropy
DSC_7371 (4)

Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Abercrombie and Kent Philanthropy; The Hall Family

Launch Date: November 2015

Communities Impacted: Students at 9 schools across Maasai Mara

Number of devices: 450 Kindles

Age Range: Lower and Upper Primary; Secondary

Types of books: Textbooks in English and Swahili, storybooks, and reference materials.

Deployment model: Classroom

Students take devices home: No

The Story: Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) is a U.S. based not-for-profit organization that traces its beginnings back to 1982. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy began their partnership with Worldreader in Kenya, by delivering e-reading programs to 9 different schools in the Maasai Mara: Olopi-kidong’oe, Enkereri, Mara-Rianda, Sekinani, Naroosura, Kanunka, Aitong, Isokon, & Ilookuya. The program continues to grow in impact and reach.

Passports With Purpose

Location: Western Kenya

Sponsoring Organization: Passports with Purpose

Launch Date: July 2016

Communities Impacted: Students, teachers and parents at 3 libraries across Western Kenya: Jitegemmee Community Library, St. John Community Library, and Magoso School Library

Number of devices: 120 Kindles

Age Range: All grade levels

Types of books: Textbooks in English and Swahili, storybooks, and reference materials

Deployment model: School Library & Community Library

Students take devices home: No

The Story: Passports With Purpose was founded in 2008 as a way to build community among travel bloggers and to give back to the places that they visit through annual fundraisers. In 2015, Passports with Purpose partnered with Worldreader to bring digital reading to three libraries in Western Kenya through a fundraising campaign: Jitegemmee Community Library, St. John Community Library, and MAGOSO School Library. Each library will receive Kindle e-readers loaded with books, comprising of English and Swahili fiction and non-fiction for all ages, as well as Kenyan textbooks – providing thousands of children, teachers and parents with access to around 20,000 books.

Amani Kibera Community Library
img_8379-1

Location: Kibera, Nairobi

Sponsors: Tod and Allison Nielsen

Launch Date: April 2016

Communities Impacted: Students from 170+ schools around Kibera

Number of devices: 50 Kindles

Age Range: All grade levels

Types of books: Textbooks, storybooks in English and Swahili, and reference materials

Deployment model: Community Library

Students take devices home: No

The Story: Amani Kibera is a youth-led community-based organization created to foster peace-building through education in the Kibera slum. Their community library sees up to 350 patrons per day, and welcomes students and youth from across Kibera.


Close

Worldreader logo

Keep your inbox happy.

Learn how e-reading is changing lives.
Get our updates.