Supporting Libraries in East Africa

The main purpose of the Akili Trust is to develop libraries in rural areas of Kenya to contribute to the promotion and development of literacy. We aim to work with local and national communities and NGOs to improve literacy and expand access to education.

The Akili Trust

The Akili Trust achieved charitable status in May 2006. ‘Akili’ means ‘brains’ or ‘intellect’ in Kiswahili. The purpose of the Trust is to contribute to the promotion and development of literacy.


The Akili Trust works in East Africa to establish and support community libraries, provide educational resources, fund library bursaries for secondary education, organise professional training.

Akili Community Libraries

The Akili Trust has funded the registration of a sister organisation in Kenya known as Akili Community Libraries (ACL) to provide advice, support and guidance.

Akili Community Libraries

We work in the very rural part of northern Kenya, Kilifi District, in villages that are just being connected to electricity

Dabaso Library

Kakuyuni Library

Bursary students

Get involved

Financial donations are used to support all aspects of our work.
You can also specify if you are interested in sponsoring a bursary for one of our students.
Your donation will be used for this purpose, we do not make links between donors and individual students.

Please donate via our Givey page.

News & Events

Trustee visit: June 2019


I visited the libraries at the beginning of April 2019. It is over 3 years since I was last there and it was good to be back. I was made very welcome by the management of local schools as well as the libraries, as everyone appreciates the contribution Akili makes to the communities of Dabaso […]

Kakuyuni: July 2019


Here is an extract from the report. After the main hall ceiling repair which we did in March 2019, we had nothing in our account, though the ceil- ing at the corridor was as well damaged. When Jenny visited us, she also saw the problem and asked us to get the quotations which we did. […]


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