Kenyatta National Hospital Children Learning Centre

The project started in April 2013. It’s founder, Dr. Caroline has done amazing work by making the lives of sick children a little better. All of them suffer from different types of cancer and have various crucial health issues. We saw their need for love and attention. Some of the children are abandoned and most cannot afford medicine or chemotherapy. The overwelming mood is one of compassion, love, and care.

Most of the users have problems paying hospital bills so the library does not charge any fees. The objective is to provide children with learning opportunities and distract them from hospital routines. The goal is to encourage them to socialize, take an interest in books and learn while in the hospital.

The library is not yet fully established, so they basically need everything. During our visit we were moved by the loving staff and by all those desperately ill children in need.

Kenyatta National Hospital Children Learning Centre R E P O R T    C A R D
In our network Yes
Library visited by our team Yes
Library visit date December 19, 2013 and 19th November 2014
Library context This library is located inside a children's hospital. These young patients come from economically poor families and are undergoing cancer treatment. Most patients are between 1 to 10 years old, with some being orphans.
This library needs:
(reviewed and approved by ATS)
This library really needs more materials targeted for children.

Library needs:
- story books for children
- educational toys
- computers
- wall projector
- educational and motivational DVDs
- colourful wall posters
- audio material in simple English
- tactile material to help master the alphabet
- crayons
Region Nairobi, Kenya
Google maps link Locate on Google Maps (approx.)
Observations The library is not yet fully functionnal. Dr. Caroline Oyugi is strongly motivated to provide library services for the sick children in long term care.
Address Kenyatta National Hospital, Ngong Road Paediatric Floor – 3rd Floor Room 3A
Postal address P. O. Box 20723 00200 Nairobi
Point of contact Dr. Caroline C. A. Oyugi, Founder and coordinator
Website N/A
Year founded 2013
Serving population Serving children admitted for long-term cancer treatment and other ailments
Surface size (approx.) 300 sqft (28 m2) with overflow area in corridor
Access to electricity Yes
Number of visitors per day (approx.) Over 50
Number of seats 55
Number of tables 10 child-size and one big table which needs to be replaced
Number of books 500
Internet Yes
Wireless Internet available (Wifi) Yes
Internet speed Average
Number of computers 1
Services offered Tutoring the children aged 2 to 13 years
Language training
Book lending to the older children
Show films
Organise for team games amongst the children
Celebrate birthdays
Support this library directly Please contact the library for more information on how to donate directly.
Additional supporting material N/A
SUPPORT PROVIDED BY ATS We hope to provide them with many story books and educational toys. In order to help these children, we need funds to purchase materials. It costs us about $1 to purchase a book. We provided books and stationary.

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