UK, Mumias schools raise funds for public library

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024 04:34 | By
Books in a library. PHOTO/Amazon
Books in a library. PHOTO/Amazon

School children last week marked World Book Day by writing a book that will raise funds towards a community library in West Kenya.

Cosmic Cats is an anthology of stories by students from St Swithun’s Primary School in Kennington, Oxfordshire, and Kenya’s Mumias Township Primary School. Project is jointly lead by Abingdon based charity The Nasio Trust and Oxford author Sylvia Vetta.

The Kenyan students said the library would help them “gain more knowledge”.
All proceeds from the sale of Cosmic Cats will go towards the library fundraiser.

Mrs Vetta said the idea behind the book was that children from both countries write about a subject they would be “happy with”.

She suggested to her granddaughter Alexandra to write a story inspired by cats. Copies of her story were then sent to Mumias Township Primary School in Kakamega, where the students “absolutely came up with the challenge”. “And then the children here responded amazingly.”

The Nasio Trust has been helping vulnerable children and communities in Kakamega for over 20 years. Its founder Nancy Mudenyo Hunt grew up in a village called Musanda and walked 6km every day to get to Mumias School.

“The community we support has no access to books, computers or even a basic space where they can sit and read,” she said.

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