It is interesting how the library projects in Kenya continue to grow and flourish. Our partners there tell us that the presence of a library in their communities actually reduces teen pregnancy and drug usage simply because the library addresses an important issue in their villages - boredom! In Banana, Pastor Peter has attached an art school and a music school to the library. What's more, he is building a new building to house it all, calling it the Dr. John Stanko Library. Here is the update he sent this past week on, along with a picture of the keyboard purchased by Sue Kantz through her nonprofit ministry:
The Kenyan community bring their love. As we look forward to the long holiday, I wish to let you know that Kawaida Primary School has informed me that the work of building bookcases in their library is complete and I will go to take more books and will send you some photos. I also wish to inform you that our new library has been approved and by God's grace we are trusting that come March when you are back in Kenya that we shall be in this new premises. God bless you for all the motivation and support.
The bookcases Pastor Peter mentioned were built with money that we left with that primary school when my son and I were in Kenya last October.
Then there is another library we helped populate with books way up north, almost to the Ethiopian border with Pastor Qampicha. They were so excited with our donations that with the help of my friend Janet Helms, they have built a building to house their school library. This is quite a big deal, and here are the pictures of that facility before it was painted (click to enlarge).
Right now, I estimate we have about ten tons of supplies ready to send over in our next shipment for the libraries in Banana, Sololo, Nakuru, and Bomet. We are seriously considering a new library in Kitale, and are sorting through other requests for educational resources. We will only commit to those with whom we have a good working relationship to ensure that our investment of supplies and money impact the largest number of children and adults and that the libraries will help the churches who have a heart for their community.
This coming week we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., and I am asking that you make a Thanksgiving contribution toward the work in Kenya. We will need to send some relief money to our orphanages before year's end, and we also have school fees for the orphans in January. You can give today through my website using PayPal, or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Thank you and may the Lord bless you as you help with these exciting projects that are helping the poor in Kenya.