Nakuru Hope opens library for poverty-striken Kenyan children


Charity founder Susan Saleeba at her Nakuru Hope Op Shop in Fremantle Picture: Matt Jelonek
Charity founder Susan Saleeba at her Nakuru Hope Op Shop in Fremantle Picture: Matt Jelonek

BOOKS are escapism for poverty-stricken children in Kenya and Susan Saleeba is bringing a library of resources to her 300 orphans and students at Nakuru Hope.

The charity founder opened a new school building and orphanage two years ago after starting the project in 2009.

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,” Ms Saleeba said.

“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.”

The Nakuru Hope Pop Up Op Shop at the Coles Woolstores in Fremantle, which opened in August last year, has helped raise the $15,000 needed to build the library on the school grounds.

Ms Saleeba said she had been inundated with donations of books but needed support to freight them over.

She will return to Kenya in June with volunteers who will take books in their hand luggage.

The school in the Kaptembwa slums has classes for babies through to grade five with the older children using computers donated by TAG Finance Group in Como.

For more information, visit Nakuru Hope .