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Investing in education

March 29, 2015

It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. — Katherine Patterson

On Friday the 27th of March, the children of Lewa Downs Primary School received a great gift. Thanks to the Charles and Rita Field-Marsham Foundation, the school can now boast of a well-equipped, beautiful and rich resource - a library!

While this may not be news in many parts of the world, in Kenya, 80% of schools have no library, making Lewa School one of the few to own this crucial learning resource. The impact of libraries on learning is invaluable and these students now have an exciting opportunity to discover the world, gain new knowledge and explore limitless opportunities. 

Rita Field-Marsham says:
"Our vision is to provide every school aged child in Kenya with a quality library, and we feel very fortunate that Lewa has helped us deliver this vision for the students of Lewa Downs Primary and the Lewa community."

Lewa's board members and staff led by Chairman Michael Joseph and CEO Mike Watson attended the event. The children and teachers of Lewa School were beyond jubilant, immensely grateful not only for this new library, but Lewa's support over the years.

Faith Riunga, Lewa's Education Programme Manager, says the library will go a long way in enhancing literacy in the school:

"The children have received an exciting collection of books to read from around the world. There are stories in the library to inspire, educate  and enlighten them. We thank the Charles and Rita Field-Marsham Foundation for their generosity and partnership."

It is our hope that the library will not only benefit the students, but will become a community resource to be utilised by teachers and parents as well.