Charity’s new chapter
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.