Soma Caravan seeks to donate 1 million curriculum and supplementary text books to needy deserving schools and community libraries in Kenya's Kiambu, Nairobi and Nakuru Counties. The campaign is aimed at not only providing books to the beneficiaries but also tackle the perennial illiteracy challenge that has plagued the country since independence.
The Kenyan government and her development partners have continuously emphasized on the need to use education as a tool to fight ignorance and poverty. To this end, the government embarked on the very successful free primary school education in 2002 and subsidized secondary school education in 2007. This gesture assured every child a chance at education which translated in high enrollments at both levels. Development partners quickly complemented the government efforts by helping build classrooms and shelter. However, there still lacked sufficient books to satisfy the high demand
This realization led Longhorn Publishers to craft a Community Service initiative aimed at addressing the issue; hence Soma Caravan in partnership with Rotary Club of Karen, district 9212.
The benefiting communities are situated in disadvantaged areas such as urban slums or village schools which barely make do with the allocation provided for by the government. At the end of the campaign, 300 schools and community libraries in the benefiting communities will receive a 1,000 book donation translating to an enviable 1 million book donation.