Australian charity fundraiser Susan Saleeba is all too aware that books provide escapism for the poverty-stricken children she works with in Kenya.
Now she is working to bring a library of resources to her 300 orphans and students at Nakuru Hope.
Susan founded the charity in 2009 and two years later opened a new school building and orphanage in the Kaptembwa slums. 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.
“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.” – Susan Saleeba
Funding for the new library has been raised via the Nakuru Hope Pop Up Op Shop at the Coles Woolstores in Fremantle, Australia which opened in August last year. So far, it has helped raise the £8,000 (Ksh 1,150,000) needed to build the library on the school grounds.
While she has been inundated with donations of books, she needs support to transport them over to Kenya, where she is returning to in June when volunteers will take some with them as hand luggage.