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The Turning Point Trust is launching a community library in the Kibera slum to provide books and resources for children who struggle to access such resources in school or at home.
We envision this library providing space and resources for study and reading to primary school children and the wider community. The library will run a homework club in the evenings during which time primary school children will be given priority to use the space and textbooks relevant to their work. We also aim to mobilize a team of volunteers to help kids with their homework each evening.
The library will be open to the wider community throughout the day to access newspapers, books and a quiet place to sit, read, study and write. We aim to also run activities from the library that will promote literacy in the wider community such as book clubs, drama and poetry workshops.


The Turning Point Trust has supported children in education in the Kibera slum, Kenya for the last 10 years and we are devastated to see children working really hard in school but not achieving the academic success that they could, given the right resources. We consistently see the children we support under-performing in exams and tests so we are making some changes to improve their learning outcomes.
The best way to improve literacy is simply to read, read, read. But many children in Kibera don't have access to reading material. In school, they share books with other kids and at home there may not be any books at all in the house. So, one important change we are making is to launch a community library.


Across East Africa only 2 in every 10 children in Standard 7 have Standard 2 level numeracy and literacy skills (Uwezo). School enrollment numbers have increased in Kenya over the past few years but children are not achieving the learning outcomes that they should be. In short, children are going to school but they aren't really learning.
By providing a safe, well-lit and well-resourced space for children to do their homework we aim to see improvements in children's test scores and exam results.
In under-resourced and oversubscribed schools in Kibera it is difficult for children to seek help from teachers on issues that they don't understand. Volunteers will provide individual support to children so they can ask their questions and get help with those issues.
By providing reading material beyond the prescribed textbooks we hope to foster a love for stories and reading amongst the children who attend. We want to provide children with relevant, fun and interesting reading material so that kids keep reading and thereby improve their literacy skills.
By promoting reading and literacy in the wider community we hope to inspire community members to read more and to act as advocates for reading in the community.

Team Credentials

The library will be run by a team of staff who have lived and worked in Kibera for several years. These people know the community, know how to work with children and love to read!


  • Community Library September 2018 Update

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  • Library Opening!

    [img]/images/user/7231_2664541277151202297.jpg[/img] [img]/images/user/7231_1172472273628961215.jpg[/img] [img]/images/user/7231_15904915493085447312.jpg[/img] The Laini Saba Community Library was officially launched on 21st March 2014. Local officials joined with teachers, primary school pupils and students from several universities around Nairobi to show their support. Since the launch on Friday there has been consistently around 30 children coming to use the library after school each day. Project Manager Moses is really encouraged by the number of children coming and their excitement about the library. Moses reports that several children have asked that the library stay open later into the evening so they can have more time to finish their homework. The Easter holidays are just around the corner and Moses is planning some events to raise the library's profile in the community. Debating clubs, spelling bees, essay competitions are all on the cards for future events to get loca...