Children entering the library

Books – a portal to another dimension

13th February 2020 | Blog

St Vitalis Nang’a Primary School is located in a small fishing community on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya’s Kisumu County. Teachers at the school are working hard to give over 1,300 local children a good education. But without enough books for library lessons, it was hard – in fact the school didn’t have a library at all.

All that changed when local NGO The Rahul Kotak Foundation (RKF) worked with the school to turn an old storage unit into a beautiful library and filled it with brand new books that supporters like you have helped to send, giving pupils a wide range of books to explore for the first time.

Here, teachers and pupils from St Vitalis Nang’a Primary School tell us about the difference the books are making since the new library opened.

They say a book is a portal to another dimension. This library is a haven filled with thousands of such portals.

– The Rahul Kotak Foundation


The library before
The storage unit before its transformation


The books in the new library are helping the children develop an interest in reading. These books have made reading fun!

– Seline Adele, teacher-librarian

The library after
The beautiful new school library

I read a book and it really made me happy. The books make me want to tell people stories. Before, school was dull but now we have the library, I’m excited to read!

– John, pupil

Inside the library
The new library filled with brand new books you have helped to send

We use the books to do free time reading. There are some really good books. I think they will improve pupils’ reading, their language and comprehension. Nowadays, storytelling is dying but with the library it is coming back.

– Jennifer Okoth, teacher

I love storybooks. I love buildings. I like to read and I want to be a civil engineer when I grow up. These books are helping me learn new words. Without this library it would be bad because I love reading, especially English books.

– Marion, pupil


Photos used with the kind permission of The Rahul Kotak Foundation.

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