The rainy season doesn’t stop us – we’re out doing neat things all the time. I got to go with my dad, a team from Brookhouse School and international students from Roun Square to help put up a resource center, or library, as I would call it, in the Kuwinda slum. In the two square acres that make up this slum, there are about four thousand people (2 sq. acres + 4000 people = very crowded). Every time we go out to Kuwinda, we literally find ourselves in a sea of people, mainly children.
On that particular day, though, there were more children than usual. Why? That’s an easy one: not only were we exciting visitors, we had brought books! Dozens of books, hundreds of books, small books, big books, picture books, reading books, all for the children to borrow any time they wanted. It is a larger collection of literature than any of these children had likely ever seen before. Books are an invaluable commodity, especially here in Kenya where they are so costly to acquire.
The very best part about these books is that they will help create in all who read them a desire to learn about and understand new things, people, and places. To be a part of giving a child the gift of a thirst for knowledge is a truly beautiful thing, and to be able to show them God’s love while doing so is even more amazing.