Leah hails from the Central region of Kenya, the fourth born in a family of 10. In May 2014,
Leah organized a fundraiser in her hometown to start a school library. She was motivated to
start it as she noticed that one of her younger brothers aged 9, could not read or
communicate in English.
“One day I realized that my younger brother could not communicate in English yet he was in
Class Three. That irked me and I vowed to do something to improve his education. I also
knew there were many other children in our area who face the same challenge. That is
when I decided to start a library to address this. But I first bought my brother a storybook.”
After a short while her brother’s grammar improved and she decided to start the Colour
World Green Initiative Library. She started by using some of the money that she had saved
from a tree planting initiative that she had initiated a year before. She discovered that she
needed additional money to buy the books she needed to stock the library. To this end, she
organized a fundraiser where she was able to raise enough money to stock the library with
Color World Green Initiative Library serves both primary and secondary school students
who access the facility everyday between 9am and 5pm. On Saturdays, the library is opened
between 10am and 4pm while on Sundays it is open for two hours between 2pm and 4pm.
Leah has appointed a committee of 12 community members who manage the library while
she is in school. Leah also served as the chair of the Akili Dada club at the Kenya High
School. She aspires to be a leader in her community so that she can address the issues that
plague her community.
Leah was accepted into the Akili Dada scholarship program when she was in her second
year of study at the age of 15. She was at the brink of dropping out of school because her
parents who were casual laborers could not afford her school fees. The scholarship program
covered her tuition and all other related expenses in school.
She was also privileged to receive mentorship and life skills in the Akili Dada club, which
she chaired at her time at the Kenya High School. As an Akili Dada scholar, Leah initiated a
tree-planting project in her community that saw her plant approximately 1500 trees in 3
primary schools. She later began the community library.
Leah is currently a Gap-year intern at Akili Dada where she together with other girls in the
program, she receives mentorship and life skills from different mentors. She works as a
part-time teacher at Kawangware Primary School and just returned from a month long internship experience in New Delhi, India where she worked for Areev.internship at Areev and Happy Creative.
Read a feature on her community library project by Lillian Kaivilu.