Akili Trust Newsletter – August 2014

We hope you are having a good summer. This newsletter will update you on our work and let you know about some forthcoming fundraising events

Good news and sad news

A great deal has happened in Kenya since our last newsletter in March 2014 – good news in the libraries but sad news for Kenya as a whole with a growing sense of instability. I am sorry to have to report that we decided to cancel our planned trip in May because of the political unrest on the coast. We hear from our friends in the hotel that locally everything is peaceful and, of course, much too quiet as there is very little tourism. We have rebooked for February 2015 so we can only hope that the situation will have improved.

The libraries have continued to flourish and develop. The libraries are busy and increasingly so as there has been unrest and strikes in the school system, so many students work in the library to continue their studies. There have been new headteacher appointments in Canon Mweri and Kakuyuni School and we look forward to meeting them on the next trip. Both are committed to continuing work with Akili.

Bursary students

We now have 25 students in secondary schools. The librarians are doing a good job in supporting them in their studies and helping with any particular problems. Two students recently lost all their possessions in a dormitory fire so we provided financial help for replacements and the librarian managed this with the students.



A Kakuyuni student, Ziro Garama, graduated last year with a B+ grade and has been offered a place to study Economics at Egerton University near Nkuru. The local Community Development Fund and Akili together have assisted him with the first year fees. He will be eligible for a grant next year.

Ziro says: I thank Akili For That Great Assistance. May God Bless
You So Much And I Promise To Continue Assisting The Works In The Library.

The plan is for him to help students with their Maths work when returns in the holidays.

THANK YOU to pupils at Garden Suburb Infants School

School Governor and Akili Trustee, Ruth Beedle writes: During the summer term the Reception year had mammoth biscuit baking sessions and sold the produce in ribboned packages in the school playground. They raised over £200, the plan being to buy books for children to read in the Akili libraries in Kenya.

It has been so impressive seeing how such young pupils have embraced the concept of fundraising and become so curious about life in rural Kenya. They had some exciting and thought provoking discussions about their favourite books and which they thought the pupils in Kenya would like best and why. They made a list together and a small group of pupils and staff went to the local children’s’ bookshop, where they spent their hard earned cash on children’s picture books.


I was invited to an assembly at the end of term where I was very pleased to be able to thank the pupils personally. They gave me several large parcels and bags of books to take to Kenya. There were many books illustrated by Quentin Blake, and I told the pupils I would show them photos of the pupils in Kenya reading their books in the Akili libraries but that the books had to travel all the way to Africa first.

A special thank you to Laura Menezes and Emma Woolston

Book Collections

We are starting to collect the books ready for our next shipment scheduled for November. We are very grateful to Walker Books and to Hachette for their significant book donations.
If you have children’s books, particularly picture books, in good condition, then do please let us know.

We are also sending some metal library shelving which has been donated by Grafton School in Islington as they are having a new library. We always need more metal shelving so if you know of any libraries being refurbished and with metal shelving to give away then do let us know. We can collect.

Akili Fundraising Events


Once again the annual Broken Wicket tournament has nominated Akili as its beneficiary charity.

This year’s tournament will be held at North Middlesex Cricket Club, Park Road, London N8 8JJ on Saturday 27 September from 10.30 to 6.30

All are welcome to come along and enjoy the cricket and the company.
There is a bar which also serves food.

Pay to Play 2

Steve Grocott’s music special is returning by popular demand on
Saturday 27 September from 8 to 11 pm at
The Horseshoe
24 Clerkenwell Close
London EC1R 0AT

www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/29/29428 (for directions)

An enjoyable evening for musicians and non-musicians alike.
Everyone pays £10.

If you want to play please contact Steve Grocott directly (steve.grocott@btinternet.com) – all skill levels welcome.

Otherwise come and enjoy the music.
Drinks from the bar, but no food. There are many good restaurants and places to eat nearby, especially in Exmouth Market.

All proceeds from this go to Akili so please make a donation even if you can’t attend.

Quiz Night

Our estimable Quiz Masters have agreed to run another quiz in November this year. The date will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Charity Commission

Our annual return is now available on the Akili website and the financial return has been completed for the Charity Commission. We are pleased to report that our income and expenditure have both increased this year and we now operate on approximately £27,000 per year.

All our funds are raised through grants, events and donations. Please consider becoming a regular donor or getting involved with our fundraising.
Thanks as always for your support.