My Story

My name is Kenneth Okwaroh Ochieng. I am Kenyan, born and raised in a small village on the shores of Lake Victoria in East Africa. It took me 27 years to discover that I love politics, policy, government and economics. I fumbled and muddled through primary, secondary and even undergraduate schooling thinking I wanted to be a medical doctor, then a nurse, then urban planner, then journalist, even actor!

Mine was three decades of pacing in the dark with little information and exposure to detect my true potential and determine what I wanted, what I could be good at, and what I could realistically be.

Today, I look at kids in the same village, around the sugarcane farms where I was raised, still going through the same. I wouldn’t want this to continue. It would be a tragedy if I let this continue.

I have made a personal choice to spare time, resources and will to provide these kids with information. Information to allow them learn the vastness of the world and to discover the wealth of their unique capabilities and to be able to elect what they want to be, earlier on in life.

My first step is setting up a small library for kids in that rural village in Kisumu County where I grew up to learn the world and discover their potential. This will grow to other areas in Kenya.

I am collaborating with a group of young East African professionals working to set up information centres in East Africa as part of a wider project seeking to enhance information access for better governance and expansion of democratic space in the region.

We are thus collecting books and fundraising to equip the first library in Kisumu County, Kenya to help disadvantaged children without access to books beyond the mainstream curriculum in Kenya to access such information, improve their knowledge and expand their world view.

Please give me a book

Share with me books you have read; books your children have read; books you can spare. Any titles from math, to literature, art, politics to science. Wherever you are, whatever you have, just let me know. I have been saving and continue to fundraise so can put in some resources for shipment.

We have targeted to collect 10,000 titles to equip this first library

Please donate a dollar (US$)

We have been mobilising resources over the past 2 months. We have secured an unfinished property – donated by 2 veteran educationists in Kisumu County that we hope to develop into the library. We need US$ 10,000 dollars to finish the building and interior layout. We are asking 10,000 people to give us a dollar each to make this happen.

Someone said that today, if you want to hide something from the typical African youth, put it inside a book. “We are raising a dangerous generation of superficial citizens that must not be allowed to thrive

Thank you, and may you find blessing and satisfaction in supporting and inspiring a truly worthy course. Give me a book; Give me a dollar. Together we can, and we will inspire a greater and better future.

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