Richmond student Michael Kitimet is building a library in his Kenyan hometown — ensuring students have access to books and shaping their futures through learning.
Education in Kiserian, Kenya, faces a number of challenges, including inadequate funding and a lack of qualified teachers. Textbooks are scarce and mostly out of date. The closest library is a 30-minute drive away. Kitimet has seen firsthand how these realities diminish student outcomes, leaving many in his hometown unprepared to go on beyond high school. And he’s stepping in to address it.
Kitimet applied for and received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant, which he’s using to build the first-ever library in his hometown. Already with more than 700 books and the collection still expanding, the new library is helping educate and support 600 elementary and middle school students.