Books and more books for Msambweni!

We would like books for the Primary School library built by The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017: full class sets of subject text books for each year group; atlases & picture reference books; story books. For the secondary children Etatu sponsors, we would like English & Kiswahili set books.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1148978)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation - International

  • We are proud that Etatu is our friend and partner. We are thankful to The Christmas Big Give for building our library. To now fill it with books would make a very big, important difference to us at Msambweni Primary School.

    — Mr. Mwazito, Headteacher of Msambweni Secondary School

  • "What's up? Shauri gani? Why are you looking so glum?" 'We haven't got any books.'

    — Juma, Hassan and Iddi at their shared desk at Msambweni Primary School

  • Without Etatu and all the books they were able to provide, I would not be where I am today.

    — Rehema, sponsored girl who is now studying at Pwani University


Msambweni Primary School has a room dedicated to being the library - it was built using funds raised through the Christmas Challenge in 2017. As yet, the library has very few books however. The school still lacks all the benefits that books and a quiet learning space provide. Additionally, most children do not have a text book. They are expensive In most classes, several children share one book. Sponsored secondary children face a similar problem: they can rarely afford the set book texts.


Books in the library will mean that 800 children in the primary school will have access to books, to meaningful timetabled library sessions and to loan books for homework. Class sets of text books will make lessons more efficient and effective. At secondary school level, owning your own individual copy of a set literary text makes learning easier. English & Swahili are compulsory subjects; having one's own copy of the book is essential for meaningful understanding and revision.