Soma Caravan





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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Kenya

Location: Nairobi

Total Budget: $31,000

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

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.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9212

Rotary Club of: Karen-Nairobi

Primary Contact: Protus Lumiti

Email: protus@nyumbani.org

Primary International Partner

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Project Status

This project has been "Dropped". Check the history log entries to see why it was dropped.

Project listed for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Karen-Nairobi (9212)





Remaining Amount to Raise

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Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


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System Entry: Project dropped per lack of response to the carry-over notification emails.

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