Each year, Book Aid International sends thousands of new books to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya through our partner Windle Trust. The camp is home to refugees from DRC Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia and Uganda among others. Many people in the camp have no access to books and the Kakuma Refugee Library, set up by Windle Trust, provides their only reliable and accessible source of reading and learning materials.
The library is used by a wide cross-section of the camp’s community – from young children to mature students and teachers who come here to read for pleasure, revise for exams, undertake research and prepare lessons.
Addisu Aznato Alene has lived in the camp for over 20 years. He lives here with his family and his twin daughters were born in the camp. Addisu teaches English in the camp using books we supply:
Bishara Mwinyi Hamisi is a 16-year-old Somali girl who has been living in the camp since 2008.
Bishara is on a Windle Trust programme to support girls in the camp to complete their education; she wants to become a doctor because there is a terrible shortage of doctors in the camp, so she is studying hard and really values the new library:
You can hear directly from Addisu in this short film.