Book Aid International has been making a difference in Kenya since 1960. In 2012 we donated 52,739 books to Kenya, making it our third largest programme after Uganda and Tanzania. Our books are mainly distributed through the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) and over 60% are for children. As well as providing books originating from the UK, we also purchase books in local languages, provide training, contribute to refurbishing libraries and more.
Human development index ranking: 145th out of 186 countries
% of the population living on less than US$2 per day: 58%
Adult literacy: 74%
Net enrolment in primary education 75%; secondary education 50%
Total enrolment in tertiary education: 103,000
Why we work in Kenya
Although rates of primary school enrolment are increasing and Kenya is on track to achieve universal enrolment by 2015, the quality of education remains low and secondary education enrolment has very wide regional variations. Although it is one of the more developed countries which Book Aid International works in the needs are nevertheless great, particularly in rural areas and the slums of Nairobi. English is relatively strong in Kenya being the language of instruction in schools from Grade 4 which makes the educational books we provide particularly appropriate.