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3-Week Long Power Outages? Unacceptable!

If I had a magic wand, I would wave it in front of the library stabilize our electricity supply for reader access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Electricity would mean that the rooms in the library would be bright enough for the children to read, the internet

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Serphine Amondi

If I had a magic wand, I would wave it in front of the library stabilize our electricity supply for reader access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Electricity would mean that the rooms in the library would be bright enough for the children to read, the internet

Mikayla

If you think you have problems… Think again!

  During the summer of 2015, I went on a trip to Kisumu, Karateng, my mother’s home town. My mother’s sisters had started a family library and they wanted me to see what was going on in the area and how much work was put into making the library a

Young Men – Our Youth, Our Future

My name is Job Omino.  I am looking forward to starting his course of study at Maseno University after completing my high school education in 2015.  I qualified for a government scholarship to study in Biotechnology in September 2016 and would also like to go to graduate school immediately thereafter.

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The Value of a Daily Newspaper

I love to read!  That is not a surprise to anyone who knows me… I was a librarian at nearby Maseno University and believe in the power of education for all. When I heard that my nieces were considering opening a library in their late parents’ home, I was happy.

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Elizabeth Soy

I love children.  I love to see them grow, and believe that if we sow good seeds today, we will have great leaders in the future.  I can’t say that my dream was to become a librarian, however, it is my profession now, and I enjoy it.  My education began

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Mobile Library? Orongo Reading Program

I moved to Karateng’ in November 2014 and was a part of the start-up of the library.  We set it up from scratch, and watched it bloom into what it is today. I used to live on the library grounds, but have since moved to Orongo – a nearby village. 

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

When Noreen Saisi joined Tambach Teacher Training College, she hoped that it was going to be the key to her future.  She entertained all kinds of options in education, but she never imagined that she would eventually become one of six librarians at a start-up community library.  She was open

Norah Adero: The best is yet to come…

At 54 years old, Norah has definitely ‘seen it all’. Orphaned at the tender age of twelve, she was forced to drop out of school in class six and had to quickly adapt to raising herself and providing for her siblings. She eventually opted for marriage to a relatively older

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Josephine Otieno: I want to wake up with purpose…

Josephine is a soft spoken 27-year-old mother of two boys and two girls between 11 and 2 years old.  Her parents passed away when she was young so she dropped out of school in Standard 7.  Within two years, she opted for an early marriage as a possible escape from

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Joan Obondi: Excited about her passion…

Joan cannot wait to begin selling produce from their chicken coop and greenhouse.  The idea that she is a part of Read Across Africa’s maiden sustainability project excites her tremendously.  She, and six other women have secured a loan to start an enterprise selling produce.  If successful, all six will

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Goodbye uncertainty… Hello economic empowerment…

Helen has lived a life of perpetual fear and uncertainty. She and six of her siblings were raised by their widowed mother, who is a peasant farmer in their rural home in Seme County. Her father died when she was a young girl, she witnessed the deaths of her four

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Hope Returns to Jael

Jael is the Chairlady of Mine Nyalo women’s group.  She has eight adult children, five (daughters and four sons).  He youngest daughter is at Maseno University and enrolled in the Media Studies program.  The rest of her children are either unemployed or low level casual workers who struggle support themselves.

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Karateng’, Kenya: Reading Olympics

Karateng’ Reading Olympics   This year’s Olympic Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro between August 5th and August 21st.  The whole world will be watching to see which country will take home the most medals.   At READ across AFRICA in Kisumu Karateng’, we will celebrate the Olympic

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Francis Otieno

My name is Francis Otieno. I am 27 years old. I am a librarian, and I love my dream job. To understand why my job as a Librarian in rural Kisumu Karateng’ is my dream come true, you have to understand my journey here. I was was born in a

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