We are a small organisation, whose charitable activities are entirely dependent on our generous community of donors and supporters. Because of our size and scale, we know exactly where any support goes and the impact it has. Find out below how you can get involved.


All donations go directly towards charitable activities in Kenya. You can support one-off, via our Givey page or cheque, or set up a regular donation by standing order:

If you would like to sponsor a bursary student, visit our Bursary Programme page to find out more and then feel free to contact us. Please note that for safeguarding reasons we do not create direct links between individual donors and individual bursary students.



Are you running a charity marathon, coffee morning or quiz and wish to donate any proceedings to Akili?


Do you have an idea for an event that you’d like to run, independently or alongside us? 


Fundraising events are our primary source of income, so we’d love to discuss running something together.



We occasionally receive some beautiful local crafts from our network in Kilifi County that we like to sell here in the UK.


This money raised goes directly back to the maker, helping to support and showcase some of their amazing work.

Face masks and bags made by Charo Mwamure

£y per z pack of masks

Handmade Soap

Dabaso Community Initiative

​Members of the Community Unit have been trained to make soap with coconut oil and neem (mkilifi/ muarubaini, Azadiracta indica). Neem is highly effective in preventing and treating heat rash, eczema, bacterial and fungal skin infections, scabies and jiggers. The group sells the soap within the community to ensure everyone has access to soap, and creates some income for the group to sustain it. 

£3 for bag of soap; £1 for round bar.

Facemasks and bags

By Charo Mwamure

These face masks and bags were made by Charo in response to the Coronavirus crisis. 

For prices and delivery please contact us.


In addition to providing an annual budget for the purchase of Kenyan books, revision guides and books in Swahili, our policy is to send good quality, relevant books to our libraries. We aim to send one shipment per year.

We are keen to collect new books from publishers as donations. Individuals can donate but we ask you to make sure that books are up-to-date and in good physical condition.

Our current priorities are:

  • Picture books of all kinds for all the primary schools

  • Books on sport (particularly football)

  • Annual donations to buy local, Kiswahili books


£20 per month

£30 per month

£40 per month

£170 per month


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Contact Us


119 Victoria Road 

London N22 7XG 

United Kingdom

The Akili Trust is a UK charity committed to the development of community libraries in East Africa (UK charity number 1114275)

Akili Community Libraries is the Kenyan partner organisation and is registered as an NGO in Kenya. NGO number OP.218/051/2008/017/5057

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