Just be a Child
Just be a Child
Just be a Child (JBAC) inspires Kenyan children to read by building and supporting community run libraries.
We collect books in the UK, ship them to Kenya in a 40ft container and convert the container into a public library.
We train community volunteer librarians and provide continuous support. We also work with locals to train teachers and introduce arts and crafts classes, sports days and build playgrounds
By 2030 we aim to built and support 50 community libraries.
Our mission is to inspire Kenyan children to read.
By 2030 we would love to have built and support 50 libraries in communities that have the ambition to lead their way out of poverty.
Our model 'prime-build-support' is tried and tested in Ukunda, South Coast Kenya, but we would like to expend beyond Ukunda and build libraries in other regions.
We also want to apply our 'build only' model when working with other partners.
Our mission is not only to provide as many Kenyan children with reading and learning material but also to save many books and textbooks from ending up in landfill.
Just be a Child aims to:
- To inspire Kenyan children, adults and teachers to read and use books to trigger curiosity, creativity and inspiration by building community run, free libraries.
- To provide informal education to Kenyan children and adults by working with communities that aspire to change and provide training and support to community teachers.
- To continually support all our libraries by providing them with new books, materials and inspiration and train and support our network of Kenyan volunteers.
Established: February 2013
Registered Charity Number: 1153532
Board members: 5
Full time staff: 1
Phone number: 07737500501
Address: 5 The Lindens Stevenage SG1 1STView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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