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Sunday, May 1, 2011


They say that Reading a book is like opening a little world that’s almost like a second life. An alliance between Arid lands Information Network (ALIN) and Book Aid International has opened many little worlds for the residents of Isinya, giving second lives to our library users through a donation of books. The arrival of a consignment of 8 cartons of books is a dream come true, a dream to ensure that information continues to flow to those who need it the most, those that will transform today for a better tomorrow.
Book aid international is an NGO that aims at supporting literacy by increasing community access to books by distributing them to those who need them the most. ALIN on the other hand, connects communities with information by facilitating its free access through its maarifa centers. If this isn’t a match made in heaven then you tell me what is.
The books range from children’s book, novels, books on agriculture, human rights, gender, community development, climate change, health... you name it, have added more variety to our already existing free library service. The 8 boxes couldn’t have come at a better time, just when schools have closed… now , more anxious readers continuously stream into the center ,excited children asking for story books and workbooks, secondary school goers for novels and text books, teachers and university students for reference books, nurses flocking the health section cannot get enough of our collection. I must say for a community knowledge center like ours, there is nothing as amazing as seeing such a noble effort by ALIN and Book Aid go to good use as eager readers take short notes , small bits of knowledge that could be the beginning of their transformation, after all, Life transforming ideas are said to come through books.