Char­ity’s new chap­ter

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

BOOKS are a form of es­capism for poverty-stricken chil­dren in Kenya and South Fre­man­tle res­i­dent Su­san Saleeba is bring­ing a li­brary of re­sources to 300 or­phans and stu­dents at Nakuru Hope.

The char­ity founder opened a new school build­ing and or­phan­age two years ago af­ter start­ing the project in 2009.

This year she will add a li­brary so the chil­dren can en­joy books.

“They don’t have TV or com­puter games… they don’t have that es­capism,” Ms Saleeba said.

“When they see books, it piques their in­ter­est and gets their imag­i­na­tion go­ing.

“But we don’t have many books at the moment be­cause we don’t have any­where to store them.”

The Nakuru Hope Pop-Up Op Shop at the Coles Wool­stores in Fre­man­tle, which opened last Au­gust, has helped raise the $15,000 needed to build the li­brary on the school grounds.

Ms Saleeba said she had been in­un­dated with do­na­tions of books but needed help to freight them over.

She will re­turn to Kenya in June with vol­un­teers who will take books in their hand lug­gage.

The school in the Kaptem­bwa slums runs classes for chil­dren up to grade five, with the older chil­dren us­ing com­put­ers do­nated by TAG Fi­nance Group in Como.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.naku­ruhope.org.

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