Book donations help Kenyan university
by Courtney Warren
Dec 15, 2013 | 2259 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While many become consumed with the packages, boxes, and toys that sometimes can become the focal point of Christmas, a professor at Delta State University is planning to give back to his home country.

William Katembe, originally from Kenya, began teaching biology at Delta State University in 2000 and now plans to send textbooks back to Pwani University.

"The main purpose of this book donation drive was to stock a new library at Pwani University. Pwani University is a new institution of higher learning in Kenya that is going through a period of rapid expansion. As part of the expansion, they built a new, state-of-the art library that still needs books to stock the shelves.

"Providing books to PU is a way to help improve people’s lives by providing them access to reading materials. Books are always in short supply in young universities like PU.

"Being new, PU does not have a pool of alumni to donate funds for books and other projects. This help was timely and I sincerely believe that it will be greatly appreciated by the student, staff and the Kilifi community at-large.

"For DSU book donors, this was a rare and noble opportunity to get rid of extra books, which in a way makes a difference in the lives of others. Looking at the bigger picture, I am sure this gesture will put DSU on the list of significant donors for PU.

"On my part, I thank the DSU community (faculty, students and staff) for generously donating the books," said Katembe.

Pwani University is located in Kilifi, which is a small town, about the size of Cleveland, and it is located about 20 miles north of the city of Mombasa.

Right now Katembe has collected about 1,500-2,000 books and has packed them in 18 large boxes ready to be shipped off.

"The books I collected include textbooks for all kinds of college level subjects — math, chemistry, biology, sociology, English, management etc. However, there also books for general reading, and some children’s books," he said.

The book donation period has expired but Katembe looks forward to hearing back from the university to see if more books are needed.

"If so, I will start another book donation drive where everyone will be welcome to donate books.”

The books will take four to six months to arrive in Kenya but Katembe is excited for what the future holds and plans to continue with his book donation project if necessary.

"If I end up having to carry out another book donation effort in the future, I will give specific guidelines on how donors can submit books," Katembe said.