Just be a Child

Just be a Child

Charity information

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 2032 we aim to have built and support 10 community libraries.

Founded 2013

  • Mission statement

    Using donated books we create and support libraries in poor but aspirational Kenyan communities,

    because we believe that with inspiration, knowledge and hope every community can lead themselves out of poverty.

    We start by identifying a community group partner in the area of Ukunda, South Coast, Kenya. After getting to know each other and agreeing to our terms and conditions we build a small playground. We get the chance to observe how well the community works together and how well they take care of the equipment. We entice the children to come to a previously uninteresting location.

    After 12 months in which we collect and catalogue donated books, toys, jigsaw puzzles and arts and crafts material we ship the donation to Kenya in a 40ft container.

    The container then becomes the library after the community volunteers convert it. The library is run by local volunteers under our supervision and support.

    We continue to engage each library in additional activities and monitor our impact closely. Our impact ranges from improved exam results, to improved English, to seeing clubs such as traditional dancers, arts and crafts after school and homework clubs to be formed.

  • Aims

    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.
  • Overview

    Established: February 2013

    Registered Charity Number: 1153532

    Board members: 5

    Volunteers: 37

    Phone number: 07737500501

    Address: 5 The Lindens Stevenage SG1 1ST

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