Shalom Research and Documentation Center

The Shalom research center is a Kenyan NGO project which started in 2002 as part of the Koinonia trust. The Shalom information and technology centre and Diakonia institute were formed under this trust. Shalom operates as a community based library.

The center operates as a social enterprise dealing with different projects aiming to empower street kids. It also aims to reintegrate ex-prisonners by providing a learning environment preparing for university, college or apprentice programs. The center also possess international journals and produce research papers two or three times a year. Their main goal has been to fight crime and promote a learning culture to the community. They also assist children and visitors to access Internet for various research purposes.

They intend to expand their library and introduce new courses such as hospitality and journalism. In fact, on their wish list is a need for hospitality related book such as tourism, hotel management and catering. We believe they could do better with a little support. the library is secure, and they are able to generate some income from photocoping, printing, lending books and typing services.

Shalom Research and Documentation Center R E P O R T    C A R D
In our network Yes
Library visited by our team Yes
Library visit date January 16, 2014
Library context This is the one of the better equipped library we have visited. They still have difficulties to meet their need reagarding books and computers.
This library needs:
(reviewed and approved by ATS)
This library really needs more books and computers

Library needs:
- more books (all kind)
- more computers (10)
- more chairs
- more desks
- more shelves
- All school supplies (pens, paper, rules, etc.)
Region Nairobi, Kenya
Google maps link Locate on Google Maps (approx.)
Observations This library is very clean, well organized and equipped. They are able to generate some revenues with the few computers they have.
Address Shalom house,ST. Daniel Comboni road off Ngong road-Dagoretti corner
Postal address PO Box 21255-00505 Nairobi, Kenya
Point of contact Nancy Owuor
Website N/A
Year founded 2005
Serving population 400 members
Surface size (approx.) 40 m2
Access to electricity Yes
Number of visitors per day (approx.) 20
Number of seats 44
Number of tables 23
Number of books 3,000
Internet Yes
Wireless Internet available (Wifi) No
Internet speed Fast enough
Number of computers 9
Services offered Book borrowing, research assistance, printing and typing services.
Support this library directly Please contact the library for more information on how to donate directly.
Additional supporting material Shalom Library Brochure
Shalom Library Application Form
SUPPORT PROVIDED BY ATS Discussion during the visit.

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