GIFTING SMILES BOOK DONATION PROJECT - KILIFI COUNTY

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Posted July 29, 2019 from Kenya
Book Drive 2017

One of the Sustainable Development goals outlined by the United Nations is education, and stipulates that each country should avail opportunities and resources for provision of education to its citizens. Through education, a country can get the skilled manpower required to promote its development agenda. Thus, education forms a key part in the development of any nation in the world.

The reading culture today is sadly dying out. The school curriculum put more emphasis on grading and less on children reading to understand or for leisure. This leaves little room for children to read for pleasure, with teachers drilling and pushing them hard to get higher grades. Ultimately, the children result in mechanical cramming just to pass exams. The learning environment for pupils struggling to access information. If pupils have to share, stand up or strain themselves to reach storybooks and other learning materials does education seem enjoyable to them? Smiles of hope Kenya is promoting the reading culture in Kilifi County, an initiative started in 2017 by the Founder Elizabeth Ziro aiming at collecting books and sending them to children who cannot afford to buy and have the passion for reading. This project involves establishment of book clubs among school going students. It is an annual program which supports education advancement

Just like many other counties in Kenya, the school performance for Kilifi County has been poor over the decades due to lack of access to information, mentorship and career guidance skills. The county is also characterized by poverty, food insecurity and drought which are also root causes of poor performance in school exams. According to 2016 research by Twaweza East Africa, the county literacy average is at 33% and only 26% of class 3 students can do class 2 work. We believe that by encouraging youths and school children to develop a reading culture, we double our potential for development and innovation.

With your support, we look forward to reaching and touching the lives of more orphans and vulnerable children . If you would like to become involved or or simply learn more about our programs please get in touch with us at info@smilesofhopekenya.org cc smilesofhopecbo@gmail.com

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Bettina Amendi
Jul 29
Jul 29

Thank you girl for your task to better Kilifi County,am happy to call you my sister.

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Jul 29
Jul 29

We love books drives, they help us send so many books to children who cannot afford to buy.

Jill Langhus
Jul 29
Jul 29

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for sharing your lovely, smiling posts and impressive initiative:-) Yes, I can really see the importance of what you're doing. I hope that you plan on keeping it up? Are there any plans to extend to other regions, or to stay in the same county but to include more schools? I do hope so, and I hope you get the funds to do so, too, because it will help the children to be more interested in studying, hopefully getting them to pursue a career their passionate about and that brings in income, and also to get their imagination going which also will help them in their current lives and beyond, too, as I'm sure you're probably aware:-) Please keep up the good work!

XX

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Jul 29
Jul 29

Thank you Jill, we have seven sub-counties in Kilifi County, we do one County per year as it is an annual event. Last year 16 public primary schools adopted our reading clubs and for sustainability, we are back again this year to donate more books because last year the collections was not enough. This year we have a Book Run which aims at raising more campaign towards the reading culture, it is going to be on 10th Aug, we got only few days left. The response is good because people especially bookstores, publishers and wellwishers have seen our work. We have so far received more than 3000books including curriculum and storybooks from renown publishers. We are coming up with a resource center / community library which will be so resourceful to the children around who can come and use the books for revision etc we are going to come with reading clubs over the holiday to keep children busy this will help curb teen pregnancy, drug abuse etc. We are going to identify those with writing talents and nurture them to become authors. The resource center is going to act as a talent hub as well. I have so much in store for the vulnerable and with little support from donors and wellwishers my dream and their dreams will come to pass.

Jill Langhus
Jul 30
Jul 30

You're welcome, dear:-)

Oh, wow! That's huge. Good job:-)

Yay! Sounds wonderful. Keep going, dear...

XX

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Jul 31
Jul 31

I appreciate.

Remain blessed

Jill Langhus
Jul 31
Jul 31

You're welcome, and you, too, dear!

Hello, Elizabeth,

I agree with you on this: “We believe that by encouraging youths and school children to develop a reading culture, we double our potential for development and innovation.”.

Leaders are readers. I hope you will have more books for these children to read. Thank you for sharing!

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Jul 31
Jul 31

Much gratitude Karen.
Our Theme this year is "Books for a generation of great thinker"
We have a book run this year scheduled for 10th Aug, actually a few days to go, and the response is commendable. We have so far received more than 3000 copies including curriculum and storybooks

Wow, more than 3,000 books! That’s great! Please post the story of that event here. We would love to read your updates.

Congratulations in advance for training young leaders to be future thinkers!

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Jul 31
Jul 31

We are receiving books on a daily basis from different publisher and well wishers. i should be able to share the story once we are done with the book run in about 10days to come, with colourful photos of the same. Let me try share the links from our Facebook page. Im so humbled Mum.

Enjoy your Wednesday

Wow, those are a lot of books! I’m so thrilled for you all! Yes, please keep us updated when you have the time to write.

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Jul 31
Jul 31

Thank you. Will do

Beth Lacey
Jul 30
Jul 30

I wish you much luck

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Jul 31
Jul 31

Thank you so much Beth.

Lisbeth
Jul 30
Jul 30

This is very true. Even with us adults reading is dying out how much more children and the youth. I got books here with me but honestly I hardly read them. Small things I search in the web. When I take the book I feel like sleepy haha.

It's a nice project for these kids, it will benefit them a lot. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your project.

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Jul 31
Jul 31

Appreciated namesake, i can hear you very well, technology is the in thing hahaha. Im taking a day at a time and im looking forward to share the pleasure of reading with the less fortunate.
Stay blessed

Rahmana Karuna
Jul 31
Jul 31

Elizabeth, what language? what about gift certificates at certain sites. particularly i was thinking of https://newmoongirls.com/ but then, do not know language.

ELIZABETH ZIRO
Jul 31
Jul 31

A very resourceful link/site, thank you for sharing.

I hope you have a good day