Sunday, 1 May 2011

KLT-en Francais! And Super Angels girls groups...

A new article about our work- all be it but a bit out of date now!- can be found in Amina magazine, February issue this year! It was written by Joanne Maina, a journalist  who lives in Kawangware, and who writes for Amina magazine as Anjou Maina.

I went to visit Mathare North MYSA library yesterday to talk to their Super Angels girls group. They were desperate to talk about their issues: particularly about periods, love, crushes, sex- and boys. They still have very little information about all these topics which are not spoken about at school. The girls talk amongst themselves, often passing on incorrect information- particularly about methods of contraception. The girls were very open with their questions! 
Sipili Super Angels

I wish we could get a donor to help the Super Angel girls groups in all of our libraries, so we can organise speakers to talk to them about such issues. I have many lady Kenyans waiting to talk to the girls, but it involves paying transport, lunch etc- particularly to our rural libraries. They also need sanitary towels donated, which enable the girls to remain in school every day each and every month. 

We also want the girls to get to know each other in each of the KLT libraries (unfortunately Mathare North is no longer a KLT library) by visiting each other; to understand the issues of girls all across Kenya: to promote sisterhood.

If you think you can help, do let me know!

We launched Little Hands Big Steps round three at Kawangware yesterday too! I was delighted to see a 16 year old brother bringing his youngest sibling to join in! We were also able to donated 50 books for under three year olds to library stock. LHBS children are allowed to borrow books from the library. Now thirty children will have completed LHBS (after this group finishes) Kawangware needs more books for this age group, as the current books are so heavily used they are on their last legs! 

 Joan, a volunteer will be helping with this project, and hopes to start a story writing group with slightly older children too. She plans to involve her sons in this activity!

Talk soon!