During the last two weeks of January 2011, I will be traveling to Nyeri, Kenya with a group of five other excited individuals including Ashley Bryan, renowned children's book author and illustrator, Kay Curtis, Founder of the Kaysandra and Christopher Paul Curtis Children's Learning Centre and Debbie Green, director of Children’s Literature for Children* (CLC). Through CLC’s Outreach program, Reader-to-Reader**, the six of us will be working with students, sharing workshops, literacy activities, and a slew of inspiration with students in Nyeri. Destinations include the following schools and associated libraries:
- Mount Kenya Academy (Primary and Secondary) is the base from which all others schools are visited. The founder and is Charity Mwangi.
- Kiboya Primary School & the Ashley Bryan Library in Laikipia District, Kenya
- Other local government schools including Muruguru Primary School (adopted by Kay Curtis),Mukuri, Kilimara, Ndiriti, Chania, Burgeret, Milimani, and Olympic Primary Schools
Feel free to keep up with my travels and literacy work in Kenya this upcoming January through My Blog!
Many thanks to founder of CLC and its outreach program, Ms. Kemie Nix for your immeasurable love and support!
* “Children’s Literature for Children, Inc. is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. CLC’s outreach is worldwide, extending from inner-city schools in the US to remote villages in Africa”
** “Reader-to-Reader programs provide books to children locally and worldwide who have few resources of their own. Hundreds of thousands of books have been placed in hundreds of schools over three decades thanks to the efforts of CLC’s volunteers. Libraries have been built, books sent, librarians and volunteers trained- all to give children access to books. Reader-to-Reader book drives are an excellent community service project for any size organization.”
For more information about the organization, or to find out about
volunteer and donating opportunities,