Stevenage charity’s book appeal to give deprived Kenyan community a library

PUBLISHED: 08:30 19 February 2017

Kenyan people are enjoying the new libraries established in their communities by Just Be A Child.

Kenyan people are enjoying the new libraries established in their communities by Just Be A Child.

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A charity is appealing for donations of books so a library can be established in a deprived African community.

Kenyan people are enjoying the new libraries established in their communities by Just Be A Child. Kenyan people are enjoying the new libraries established in their communities by Just Be A Child.

Just Be A Child was set up by Stevenage resident Lenka McAlinden in 2013 following a trip to Kenya and aims to support children living in the country through projects, including building playgrounds and libraries.

The charity has so far established two libraries – in Dzunga and in Chidzangoni – and is now looking to take on its third library project.

Lenka said: “We are looking for books yet again. This time we are working with Hertfordshire schools by encouraging pupils to bring their unwanted books to school on a specific date.

“We need books for all ages and genres and we need all of you to get involved, please.

Kenyan people are enjoying the new libraries established in their communities by Just Be A Child. Kenyan people are enjoying the new libraries established in their communities by Just Be A Child.

“Help us prevent many wonderful books from ending up in landfill and help children and adults in Kenya enjoy the pleasures of reading.

“While 5,000 books are needed for each of our libraries - which are made from converted shipping containers - to make the shipment worthwhile we need at least 10,000 books.

“We also need toys, jigsaw puzzles, games, arts and craft material, stationery, sports equipment and tools.”

The Highfield School and St Christopher School in Letchworth, as well as St Mary’s School in Baldock, have already signed up to take part.

Any school, club or organisation wishing to get involved can email Lenka at books@justbeachild.com

Search for ‘JBAC Book Appeal’ on YouTube to watch a video, created by iBusiness Consultants Hertfordshire, about how important donated books are to people in Kenya.

For a complete list of items needed, and for more about the charity, visit www.justbeachild.com

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