Books a luxury for Nakuru kids
Regional editor DENISE CAHILL is in Kenya with Nakuru Hope founder Susan Saleeba. EVERY night at 7.30pm is story time for 38 orphans at Gabriel Learning Centre in the Kaptembwa slums of Nakuru.
The youngsters are on the edges of their beds to hear the story read by either their house carer or a visiting volunteer.
Books are a luxury for these orphans and the other 259 children at the school, which was officially opened two years ago.
But next month, they will have a library of their own.
Susan Saleeba, who founded Nakuru Hope, the charity behind the school, 10 years ago, raised the $16,000 for the new library by starting an op shop in Fremantle at the Woolstores in July last year.
Ms Saleeba, of South Fremantle, said the new library would have carpet pieces, cushions and beanbags rather than tables and chairs. She said the aim was to create a relaxed environment.
“We want it to be an entirely different world for them so they can grab a book and escape, use their imagination,” she said.
"We want to take them away from the squalor and destitution of the slums. It may seem like a luxury but every child deserves escapism; they don't have computer games over here.”
For more information, visit www.nakuruhope.org.
Gabriel Learning Centre children enjoying a book together.
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