Rehema Day Care Library

The library was founded by the local chief of the neighborhood and has been in existence since 2012. It is a registered community-based organization under the direction of pastor Erastus Jairo Omukhango. It is located within a primary school and both the school and the library have a mutually beneficial relationship. Its mission and vision is to unleash the full potential of children and adults in the area.

During our visit we were touched by the dedication of the staff and the number of adults studying. The library has no Internet connection and one old computer. As you see in the pictures, the library is made of metal sheets, which says a lot about the surroundings. The nearby orphanage could also greatly benefit from an improved library.

The total annual expenses to run this library is KSH 48,000 (USD $560) per year. Imagine how much good they could do with some support. So far, they have received only KSH 7,000 (USD $80) in donations during this past year. People living in the neighborhood make on average less than one dollar per day. The local population is composed of 50% children. The Korogocho slum has a high crime rate and offers very little opportunity.

Rehema Day Care Library R E P O R T    C A R D
In our network Yes
Library visited by our team Yes
Library visit date December 11, 2013; May 28, 2014
Library context Located right in the slum of Korogocho, this library is in need of many things. The local population lives on less than one dollar per day.
This library needs:
(reviewed and approved by ATS)
This library really needs more books; it currently has only 250. The library has no Internet connection and owns one old computer. The facility is secure enough to host computers and there is enough room for 10.

Library needs:
- many more books (all kind)
- high school level books
- more tables and chairs
- up to 10 computers
- Internet connection
- Wifi router
- USB memory sticks
- school supplies (pencils, stationary, exercise books)
- management consultation to help generate more income
Region Korogocho slum, Nairobi, Kenya
Google maps link Locate on Google Maps (approx.)
Observations The library is strategically located in a densely populated area. Having a little support would go a long way here and would benefit hundrends of children and adults alike. Providing Internet access at this location would be a life changing experience for many people. (ATS provided internet access on May 28, 2014)
Address In the slum of Korogocho, next to the government administrator, locally known as the area chief camp.
Postal address 62002-00200 Nairobi
Point of contact Erastus Jairo Omukhango, Mark Otiendo Ojwang
Website None
Year founded 2012
Serving population 500,000
Surface size (approx.) About 200 sqft (or 18 m2)
Access to electricity Yes
Number of visitors per day (approx.) 200
Number of seats 12
Number of tables 3
Number of books 250
Internet Yes
by ATS
Wireless Internet available (Wifi) N/A
Internet speed N/A
Number of computers One, from ATS
Services offered Book borrowing, research assistance, academic competition related to useful life skills.
Support this library directly Please contact the library for more information on how to donate directly.
Additional supporting material Library pictures from our visit in May 2014

Rehema Library Strategic Plan
SUPPORT PROVIDED BY ATS On May 28, 2014: ATS provided content relevant books, a computer and an internet connect.

December, 2013: ATS provided consultation on how to make better use of their space. We also recommended a sign outside to advertise the library. We encouraged the management to do more promotional activities and try to get local donations, which is a challenge in itself.

With a little bit of funds, we could provide much more to this wonderful library project.

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