On a recent visit to Kenya the Rainbow Book Club founder, Koko Kalango, visited a home for street children in Kahawa Sukari, Nairobi, where she was asked to give a talk to the 25 children at the home.
The inhabitants of the home range from 5 years of 25 year of age. Most of these children were picked off the streets of Nairobi, many of them were on drugs and some are HIV positive. Since 2001 Maria Githua (the founder of the home) has faithfully followed her vision to ‘raise up ministers of the gospel from the children from the street.’ Today, one of those children, 25-year old Simon Mugi is studying medicine at the Kenyatta University in Nairobi.
Mrs Kalango recalls ‘At a point Maria asked the children to share their dreams. I was so moved by what I heard that I asked myself “what can I do to help these children achieve their goals?” and that is how the idea to donate books towards the establishment of a library at Christ Our Refuge Home came about.
Mrs Kalango was taken to the home by her host Mrs Akpezi Obuigwe who worked with the UN and a friend Mrs Barbara Amego, who was also visiting from Nigeria. A room in the home was identified for use as a library and Mrs Obuigwe offered to provide the furniture. Upon her return to Nigeria, Mrs Kalango was able to mobilise the Friends of the Rainbow Book Club to support this idea. Books worth over $10,000 dollars where purchased and shipped off to Maria for the benefit of the home.
Maria sent an email acknowledging the donation and thanking the book clubs for the support.