Kisii University in partnership with Books for Africa, headquartered in the USA, established a programme known as a community outreach bookmobile programme whose major purpose is to make available reading material for people in Africa. Books For Africa is a 501 nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, sorting, shipping, and distributing books to children and adults in Africa. With headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, and warehouses in St. Paul and Atlanta, Georgia, BFA’s mission is to end the book famine in Africa. Kisii university made the connection to Books of Africa through Minnesota Kenyan International Development Association
Minnesota Kenyans International Development Agency (MKIDA)’S whose membership are Kenyans living and working in the USA originally from South Western Kenya has the mission to help improve education standards, health, and economic development of rural Kenya. MKIDA recognizes that education is the most powerful tool that can be employed to improve literacy and empower Kenya’s rural communities.
To improve education standards, book reading is a sure way to encourage good academic performance as well as provide entertainment to school students. This collaborative outreach project housed in the kisiiuniversity research office seeks the encouragement of reading. It is hoped through the improvement of the quality of education, student performance in national examinations will improve resulting in an, increased number of students going for higher education, and result in development of the rural economy.
As Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-general an illustrious African statesman said
“Books For Africa is a simple idea, but its impact is transformative. For us, literacy is quite simply the bridge from misery to hope”.
The books are generally good for general reading, research and reference work that touch on agriculture, social welfare and community development. The fiction books are good as well for general reading to excite students’ readership and the general public leisure and entertainment.
This corner stone project epitomizes the relevance of a university such as kisii university in rural communities. Our choice to distribute books in the counties is clear testimony that indeed we are keen to partner with County Governments and walk together with them towards achieving great strides in devolved functions of the national government. The first Governor ladies of Kisii, Homabay, Vihiga, Pokot and Kakamega counties have particularly taken up the program. Kisii University looks to continue working with other counties in our sphere.
Attached are evidential photographs of the joy seen as the books are distributed to reduce the book famine in rural Kenya .
CEC Education and ICT Homabay County posing for a group photo with Prof Shitandi and Prof. Owino of Kisii University after receiving donated books
Mr. Stephen Euppa of Kisii University handing over donated books to the Principal, Menyenya High School, Nyamira County
Eng. Fredrick Onkware of Kisii University hand over donated books to the Principal Masosa Mixed Secondary School, Nyamira County
Staff and students at Obondi Primary school in Migori County pose for a photo with Kisii University officials