• In a bid to encourage reading culture and reduce illiteracy in Kenya, Diamond Trust Bank and Story Moja have partnered to install a second library in a primary school in Nairobi.

    Through an initiative spearheaded by “Start A Library” and run by Storymoja, Farasi Lane Primary on Wednesday had its first functional library in 41 years of its existence installed.

    Start a Library is driven by a ten-year-old Tabitha Chelagat, a class-five pupil at Farasi Lane. The young girl, Chela, as she is fondly known was selected to run the drive to ensure that all children in Kenya have access to books- which is her dream.

    “I just saw how children from other schools from all over Kenya do not have books to read and I felt pity for them,” said Chela during the launch of the campaign in October 2015.

    This is the second library installation made possible through Diamond Trust Bank. The Bank is the first corporate partner to install two libraries in partnership with Story Moja since the launch of the campaign late last year.

    The first library was installed at Mathare Community Outreach Primary School on November 4, 2015.

    Nasim Devji, CEO Diamond Trust Bank says, “Reading has been extensively researched as the essential activity in improving academic performance, thus improving the overall quality of education.”

    Start a library’s goal is to ensure that there is a book in every hand by installing libraries in public primary schools all around Kenya. There are over 20,000 schools in Kenya that are in dire need of libraries to bridge the literacy gap in the country today.

    Calling on more partners to join the cause Devji said: “our support for this initiative is to not only increase Kenya’s literacy levels but improve our education level and build a better nation for the future generations. We encourage more partners to come on board and support this worthy initiative.”

    The Start a Library initiative, a partnership with USAID, Aga Khan Foundation and other partners empowered local community development to run the Story for Chela campaign. The campaign called the nation to heed to the need of libraries in the country.

    It is expected that the initiative will enhance literacy levels especially among pupils in primary schools where libraries are scarce.