Nancy Mundenyo Hunt , the joint author of  Not so Black and White  which is inspired by her life, was on BBC regional news last night .

If you find this video uplifting you will like our novel. It’s inspired by Nancy’s life experiences growing up in Kenya and transforming lives through the Nasio Trust but also by her experiences of racism in the UK and of her work as a Diversity Trainer for the Thames Valley Police. We can change lives IF WE WANT TO. Nancy has changed thousands of young people’s lives for the better.

On  Monday she came to lunch and we launched

The Nasio- I Love Reading Project

Our aim: To build a library in Kakemega County in west Kenya.  Kakemega is the size of Oxfordshire but has not a single library anywhere.

We have the land in the Mumias township primary school and the headmistress and the teachers are praying that we succeed. They know that when children read for pleasure they learn fast, have a skill for life and knowledge of the world is at their fingertips. We will install computers and a reference section that can be used by the whole community.

Our patron is the children’s book illustrator, African born, Korky Paul who will support our fundraising.

Our corporate sponsors  Claret Press and Essential Audiobooks will fund the early years running costs of the library ie. the electricity and the librarian’s wages.

A v. small fee from adult library users and computer users and other users of the building will sustain it beyond that.

What do we need to do?

To build , on this site ,  a 40 ft by 25 ft library plus a veranda and small office (that can be used like an advice bureau) we need to raise £10,000.

Will You Help Us?

Attached to the outside walls under the veranda either side of the entrance will be colourful display boards. Under the heading I Love Reading, your name as a donor or the name of a child or grandchild can be inscribed for a gift of £50. If you can’t give that much yourself, you can hold a  Nasio Library Coffee Morning or Tea Party for a few friends to raise £50 towards the project and have your name or group name  on the board. Recommend us to your book group, library friends group, church or youth group and have the organisation name inscribed for £50.

We need just 200 names to give a community access to knowledge. Interested in being one of them?