[Dateline: Nairobi | Author: UN-HABITAT]
UN-HABITAT, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, received many pledges from United Nations staff, organizations and Governing Council delegates to give books and audio visual material for communities in slums in response to the agency’s "Book into the future" appeal. The agency launched the appeal at its 22nd Governing Council Session, which is taking place in Nairobi from 30 March to 3 April.
UN-HABITAT, in partnership with the Kenya National Library Services, is requesting donations of books, novels, children’s books, video tapes, and DVDs, to support this innovative project called the Container Library Project. The project provides poor communities with container libraries.
The communities pool their resources to provide the land for the library and the Kenya National Library and partners provide the publications and skills to manage these community libraries.
The donations will go initially to Kibera and Kayole informal settlements in Kenya where containers are being installed as libraries to bring reading materials closer to the urban poor.
In addition to promoting a reading culture, this initiative will help bridge the knowledge gap between the information rich and the information poor, provide materials to enhance community knowledge and decision making, and improve access to information for social and economic development of marginalized communities.
The library also provides a meeting place for community members, thus fostering intercultural dialogue and peaceful coexistence.
For more information or to contribute to Book into the future, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.