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 2030 we aim to built and support 50 community libraries.

Founded 2013

  • Mission statement

    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.

  • 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

    Full time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 37

    Phone number: 07737500501

    Address: 5 The Lindens Stevenage SG1 1ST

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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