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MYSA to open library in Mathare slums

12 February 2014, 14:41 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) will on Saturday launch their newest library and study hall in Mathare slums.

The library will be opened by Harald Bant, the Chairman of MYSA Friends in Holland, which donated the funds for building the new library as well as the MYSA library in Githurai.

This is part of the project that MYSA started in 2002 to provide conducive and safe space for reading, studying, doing homework, sharing knowledge and building friendships in slum areas.

 “Poverty makes it difficult for many families in the slums to afford even the basic textbooks needed by their children. Other books and reading materials are just too expensive. Moreover, many families share only a single small and congested room which lacks electricity and is too dark for reading even during the day,” MYSA said in a statement.

The libraries and study halls help promote and develop a new reading culture among tens of thousands of youth in the slums.
The Mathare library is in a newly constructed three storey building which can host around 400 students a day.

MYSA leaders and youth have pioneered the linking of self-help youth sport with community development activities such as slum garbage cleanups, environmental improvement and HIV/AIDs prevention.

Other MYSA libraries are already operating in the MYSA Githurai, MYSA community centre Komarocks and Mathare North Zones.

The event will also be attended by members of the MYSA Board of Trustees, government representatives, local schools, churches and community leaders.

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