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Integrity Worldwide built a library for the 10,000 children living in the village of Meto, Kenya, because we learned that education for the people in Meto is almost as important as food and water. A big Thank You goes to all the donors and supporters that have made the construction of the Library possible! Thank You Morgan Academy, Thank You Selma City Schools, Thank You everybody out there that made a HUGE DIFFERENCE in Meto!
Before we built the library there was not an adequate supply of books, pencils, paper, and teaching supplies available for students. “10 children have to share 1 book,” told us the headmaster of the primary school who has been challenged by this problem for years. “The children can’t get educated without books, but a lot of parents are not even able to pay for school tuition or the children's school uniforms. Those parents who are fortunate enough to be able to pay the tuition are still challenged to pay for books and supplies.” Now, with the new library it looks totally different!
The Meg Truman Children's Library supplies the children of Meto with the school books and supplies they need to enable them to break out of the cycle of poverty by promoting and fostering education. The library now contains school text books that meet Kenya's top curriculum requirements. We also provided books for enjoyment, as well as an arts and crafts section. The library also gives the children a place to study and learn that helps children, teachers, and parents enormously.
The entire library complex has the actual library facilities, a study room, a computer lab, and a conference room for prayer or youth group meetings. Most children of Meto have never been exposed to computers or the internet - something that is so essential for them, a qualification they need to apply for higher education or jobs. With the computer lab, we will be able to introduce them to computers at an early age.
The library is finally finished! We used $35,000 to finish the Library this summer (2010), and now the shelves are full of books. Click on the pictures below to see the more than happy kids with their new books and the books lining the shelves of the new library! For more school supplies and books you can still donate! Giving by check? Other giving options click here >
By clicking on the pictures you will see the pictures of the library construction enlarged!
Why a library? Most students don't have books. Learning material is made from old rice bags with stitched on pictures.
It started with a simple floor plan. Click on the picture to see it enlarged.
January 2009: our team and 300 people from Meto celebrating the library foundation.
Naemi, one of the kids in Meto, is proud of their future library.
The library in September 2009 - still under construction.
December 2009: Even before completion, the library turned out beautiful.
Solar panels on the roof will supply the library with electricity.
Now the students have $35,000 worth of books!.