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Submitted by Eliza McLeod on
Thanks so much for your post and sharing links to many relevant resources and articles. I really enjoy your blog. I have been involved with an NGO in Kenya (Mwea Fund) that is looking to stock there school library. I have visited twice, first time in the fall of 2009 when the building was still under construction and I asked if they were planning to create a space for computers (apparently not). The second time when they had completed the construction late in 2010, my heart ached when I saw the piles of very well used books they'd lined up against the walls (no shelves or tables or chairs yet). It was in this moment, that I thought perhaps ebooks and ereaders would be the best way to go. In fact, the committee of teachers, community and the Mwea Fund coordinators seemed very keen on this idea. Funding is what is needed (I know the students will learn how to use the eReaders with little instruction). One comment made that stuck with me was that while the village had electricity, they could not always pay the bill...eReaders won't be very useful if you can charge them. I did happily leave them in good hands with the former head of the Kenya National Library Service and look forward to helping them ---including sharing your blog and also inviting them to demos that have taken place in Nairobi. I look forward to learning more about the efforts already in progress.