Mary

Books Are Who We Are

 

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

— Neil Gaiman

Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to imagination and life to everything.

Owing to the situation is slums; the message spread especially to the young children is one of violence, sadness, struggles and never ending obstacles. Books are a small way of greatly escaping this and giving one hope and faith for a better tomorrow.

Slum libraries hold a crucial part in creating a better world both in our minds and in the future.

Education is expensive everywhere and this makes it difficult to educate the underprivileged. Having a room full of diverse helps lighten this load as it is another way of learning and getting a bit of education indirectly. This will help to improve our day to day lives by coming up with ideas or picking them up from books and implementing them every now and then.

Poor hygiene is a common and evident problem in the slums. Lack of knowledge on health education is a major contributor to this.

People who live in the slums are not ignorant but their circumstances deny them exposure to this kind of information. Sure efforts have been made by different individuals but owing to the large mass of slums in Kenya, this kind of information may not have been spread to every corner.

An increase in the number of slum libraries may help to solve this problem and in the long run improve their personal and environmental hygiene.

Slum libraries also help promote peace in the midst of violence. Spreading hope to little children, teaching and encouraging then that they can be anything they want in life.

Books are who we are.

They are life.

Mary Mugo

Nairobi, Kenya