Obunga slums, with significantly higher than average incidences of crime, truancy, teen pregnancy, drug use & alcohol abuse, suffers from a lack of constructive activities for children & youth. Akili Library provides a safe haven for the children and youth of Obunga slums by providing text books to users, teaching kids how to read & write homework assistance, reading space & computer training. This contributes to reducing crime and illicit activity, increasing academic performance, and providing life skills to ensure success in school, in the community and in life.
In our efforts to develop a love of learning, a culture of literacy and to expose the children to the outside world at an early age, and create a generation in the Obunga community that is aware of global citizenship, Akili Library runs a pen pals programme with Freedom Christian Academy (FCA), AZ, USA. 1st grade girls from Akili Prep School write and exchange letters about their activities, family, hometown, hobbies, pets, sports & school days with 1st graders from FCA regularly. This gives the children invaluable practice in handwriting, constrcuting sentenses and improve their communication skills besides offering learning experiences about life in other parts of the world.
The goal of this program is to expose both sets of students to the global issues and change their perceptions of different places and people, build understanding and friendship across borders and contribute to their development as global citizens.
The library offers tuition and homework assistance for students during school breaks and after school. College students on recess and high school leavers use the library to give back by tutoring the children and helping them with their homework.
Akili Library and Information Center is the only Library in Obunga slums serving over 500 children and youth in the community. The Library was started in response to the lack of a conducive-studying environment, which is miserably lacking in Obunga slums hence denying the community members especially school going children and youth reference and other reading materials, which enhances their knowledge levels.
Akili Library offers computer training for girls at Akili Prep School. This solves the problem of computer illiteracy by providing computer learning opportunities for the marginalized girls and women in the slum.The girls have a chance to develop their computer skills by using e-toys. Etoys enables the children to make their own models, stories, and games, which keeps them engaged because it's a lot of fun. It offers great potential in terms of exposing the children to much-needed computer technology and related opportunities at an early age which will go a long way in giving them that competitive edge in their future academic and employment life
The children are also taught how to access health information on the computers at the library. Exposing these children to health information at an early age will see them gain knowledge on health topics in an interactive way fitting their age and create awareness and importance of prevention of wide spread illnesses. Introducing the girls to health information, showing them how to access and use it to change their health behaviors will improve the health of the entire community as the children put into practice knowledge gained and carry it into adulthood.