“When children are lost in books, they won’t be lost in HIV/AIDS, criminal activities, teenage pregnancies, early parenthood, drug and substance abuse, mediocrity and hopelessness! They will be reading, getting inspired to make better decisions that will usher them into a brighter future“ –Everline Aboka
2003 after the death of my dad life changed dramatically! For me it meant staying out of school at grade 11 or what we call form 3 in Kenya! My relentless desire to attain my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education(K.C.S.E) led me on a daily journey of 25kms on foot in search of knowledge at the Kisumu Regional Library, quite a distance to travel on foot, thanks to the daily scorching sun and most times without food nor water!
Without a tutor, yes, my mom had been hit hard by the loss of her love and partner, she couldn’t afford school fees let alone tutor services fees!. I took advantage of the old syllabus books at the Kisumu Library and October of 2005 I had the privilege of sitting for my K.C.S.E as a private candidate, without attending grade 11 and 12 (form 3 and 4) classes. By February 2006 I had my certification in my hand. After that, the future looked brighter with that certificate, an important tool that I would later use to get admissions into college in Kenya and Universities both in Canada and United States Of America! My pass to the world of countless opportunities!
It’s clear to me that without the Kisumu Library books I could still be waiting to sit for my K.C.S.E certification, it is therefore my desire to make books available for the children of the slums in Nyalenda and hopefully spread the project throughout Kisumu and Kenya. With a library(s) in Nyalenda I realize that as a society we not only give the gift of knowledge to most underprivileged children, youths and adults of that community but we also help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases, we help criminal rates drop, we help drop teenage pregnancies/ early motherhood, we help drop the rates of drug and substance abuse, we inspire excellence and give hope for the future just to mention a few. That right there is the “power of a book”!
On behalf of the amazing team that has organized Face Of Nyalenda, am pleading with you to help us make changes in Nyalenda with the power of a book! All we are requesting for is just one book of your choice, any subject/ topic/ genre in any language but most preferably English or Swahili languages. Will you stand with me? Will you stand with us? Will you help us bring positive change in Nyalenda? Thank you very much.