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Just be a Child
inspires Kenyan children to read by creating and supporting community run libraries made from 40ft shipping containers
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Just be a Child Aug 15
We've managed to win one battle. But have we lost another one? - Getting the container out of the port was like pulling teeth. It took many of hours and many people fighting for us....
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Just be a Child Aug 14
Ann and Lynn's task is to sort out the mountain of books. Everest is just a hill compared to that... We've taken out the textbooks, but are still looking at over 20,000 books. So far, the ladies have ensured that...
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Just be a Child Aug 13
While busy with creating a new library we still found the time to attend the grand opening of a Cerebral Palsy Ukunda clinic which our friend and long-term supporter started just last week. We are so very proud of her. — feeling proud
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Just be a Child Aug 5
It has arrived! Yes the container is finally in Malalani. I was so busy that I had no chance of taking any photos, but when I get them from other people I will post them all. For now all I have to say is: both the...
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Just be a Child Aug 3
It's here! Today has finally come. Maybe I should have wanted sooner... A lots of people made sure our container was released last night. It gets picked up this morning at 8am and the fun can start. I have my usual...
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Just be a Child Aug 3
Frustrations. Normally our posts are full of smiling faces of the children we come to build libraries for. But this post is not one of them. This year the Lady Luck has decided not to play ball. She ensured it...
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Just be a Child Jul 27
Alzbeta and Ben are getting stuck in. While Ben listens to the children read, Al opted for the more instructive way to engage with them - she is teaching them the names for facial expressions. But whatever the volunteers chose to do, they and the children loved it. 😍
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Just be a Child Jul 24
We are waiting for Malalani's library. Wait with us. Won't you?😜 - Emaculate tells me of the amazing powers our libraries have. I off load my frustration with the import procedure and Al paints a picture from her stay in Kenya. Love it. Share it....
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Just be a Child Jul 19
We came together to repaint the Dzunga Community Library. It new has a fresh new look. Thanks to all the volunteers that turned up to do this together with us.
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Just be a Child Jul 16
Our signature hand decoration of our libraries brings smiles to all of us.
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Just be a Child Jul 14
Waiting for our 3rd library, but not standing still. - Mesaidi tells us why she thinks the library is important. We ask for better weather and while we wait for the ship to dock we meet our communities. Old and new.
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Just be a Child Jul 11
I know we've been quiet lately, but there is just not enough time to do what we need to do and then go to the internet cafe. But we will do better. Promise. The container is delayed till 14/7 so we are sproosing up Dzunga. Photos to follow. — feeling loved
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Just be a Child Jul 4
L's visit to Kenya was great. Check out the welcoming party from Dzunga Community Library.
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Just be a Child Jul 2
Coming together and working towards a common goal is my definition of team work. In a few hours, we were able to get all shelves done. Our first step towards creating the Malalani library has begun.
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Just be a Child Jun 21
April, one of our volunteers, has been busy working on our book of stories, which we aim to publish pretty soon. She has done fantastic work on the book cover and the individual bio pages, don't you think?
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Just be a Child Jun 19
We are collecting again and we need: - books - toys: for boys, for girls, blocks, legos, and anything else that encourages creativity - jigsaw puzzles - games and sports equipment - stationery of all sorts, but pens and pencils, paper and card and glitter, gems, stickers the most
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Just be a Child Jun 17
Jay is finding out how much our libraries mean to the locals. So far, we are told, they mean very very much. 😜
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Just be a Child Jun 15
Farewell Rusty Old Container. Karibu wonderful library. - In this issue re-live the loading day, learn about where the container is headed, and let our volunteers tell you why they are willing to give up their time to help us build another library....
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Just be a Child Jun 13
Our 3rd library, on aboard the Amazon, is half way to Mombasa. And we, in the UK, are mobilising to head to Kenya to meet it there. 🤓
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Just be a Child Jun 11
Our 3rd Young Writers Competition is underway. 😀
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