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WATU WA MAANA CHILDREN’S HOME BOOK DRIVE

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As Bellapacebooks, we have a place in our hearts for institutions that go out of their way to support children from wanting backgrounds. The most striking feature is how ardent the institutions are to educate the children besides providing the basic of needs. Watu Wa Maana Children’s Home at Ruiru is no exception. On 11th March 2017, Bellapace books partnered with Maktabas Inc, an organization based from California with a mission of promoting the reading culture and we had our debut book drive at the Home.

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Our experience on a Saturday crispy morning was awe-inspiring. As soon as we passed through the gates, we were welcomed with a rush of jovial, bubbly and playful kids anticipating hugs and who looked grateful we found our way there regardless of what package we had brought along. We donated 50 hardcover kid’s books and we were keen to ensure each child at the children home can get a variety of books to read despite their age.

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Watu Wa Maana Children Home was founded in 2002 as a feeding program, and it was not until 2003 that it converted into a boarding home. Their primary target was the children from the streets, and their initial number was nine children. The number has since escalated, and currently, they are supporting four university students, 29 high school student and 41 in nursery school and primary school level. They have five workers and eight volunteer students from United States International University(USIU).

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The gleam on the kid’s faces and the management upon handing them books was nothing to hide. We went further and had a reading session where our members read aloud to the children as well as some of the children willingly reading a story to the rest. The epitome of our day was when the children declined in unison when we informed them the reading session was over. They will since have an hour of reading per week! That was impactful. No?
Till our next book drive, keep spreading positive vibes and love to be the change you seek.

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2017 READING CHALLENGE

readingchallenge4“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down, and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them, and they always love you back.”

― John Green,

 

Happy New Year Fam bam! Honestly, I missed you all and the rousing news is that I am back and I feel more perked up. Who isn’t?  The year is still young anyway. How many books did you thumb cover to cover in 2016? Did you hit your booklist target? Are you one of those who leafed through a single book the entire year and to add fuel to the flames, you were nowhere close to the back cover. Well, we all prepped resolutions as 2017 dawned; feeding our brains,  ought to be one of them. Let’s do this bibliophile!

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READING CULTURE IN KENYA

 

reading-culture2Have you heard about schools where it is illegal to be found with novels, biographies or self-help books?  The furthest the students can go with reading beyond the mandatory subjects is reading the specified set books, biographies of leaders in History and the Bible.

What is the rate of the reading culture in Kenya? Kenyans read, but, the reading habits only transcend to educational materials more so when the examinations come calling. Beyond  the classroom walls, a good number, though not good enough take it upon themselves to leaf through a book.

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WHAT DJs READ

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DJ Pierra Makena

The adage LEADERS ARE READERS will never be erstwhile. Professionals doing exemplary in different fields have relentlessly evidenced that to remain relevant, our brains need to be constantly fed. Books are immensely helping in bridging information gap, books,  in this case, entail a hardcover book, a multimedia book application, or an audiobook. The pleasure of reading comes from what we read and not what we read on. ‘A book is a device to ignite the imagination,’ Alan Bennett

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POETRY IS A CUP OF TEA

poetry1Poetry is a literary work in verse writing of high quality, great beauty, a piece of art, with emotional sincerity or intensity, a graceful expression showing imagination and deep feeling with beautiful and elegant quality. It is a profound insight that enables a poet to idealize reality and to see the things or situations in a particular way, to express his feelings of his own accord and to represent them in such a way as to delight the readers.

 

 

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Book Nerd Problems

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Dealing with books can be a sensitive issue to bibliophiles, investing in books and handling them is not a walk in the park. Book nerds take books for precious gems in their life and mishandling a book can cause emotional turmoil so next time I lend you a book take good care of it, a mere dog ear or highlighting my book can be the end of our good friendship. It’s ‘MY BOOK!’

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Auntie… I Love The Smell of Books!

 

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I want to be a pilot!

We all have those little ambitious siblings, nephews, nieces; children…name them, who will often bombard you with their dreams. Some aspire to be a neurosurgeons and pilots, which are high profiled careers, as you acutely listen to them you can only hope that a personal prescription of Panadol Extra won’t be the end of our future ‘Ben Carson’ or watching gracefully as their dreams slip off their fingers into thin air will not be the farthest they will ascend as pilots. We all want the best for our little ones, don’t we? Unless you are so malicious that your heart glows at the downfall of others, may it bleed twice as much when they succeed.

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A Broken Love Story

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Bibliophiles have at least one thing in common: the love for books. However, each time I talk to another reader I am reminded that we express our affection for written works in totally dissimilar ways. I’m referring to how we read.
Juggling multiple of books, is it a yay or a nay? Reading multiple books always feels like cheating, actually let’s call a spade a spade, it’s cheating! Stolen meat is always the sweetest but it’s undeniable that at one time we will get caught. Don’t open that second book before finishing the first, or the book police will make you do community service in your local library for the rest of your life, lol!

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Stop Reading And Start READING

   
Are you reading at a disturbing pace?…and by disturbing I mean where you find yourself holding your chin the moment you look at your bookshelf, smack your head often  for  failing to finish up a book as soon as you wanted to,  not saying the many times you told a white lie to a reading buddy whom you got a  book at the same time and they are done already!
Its fine dearies ,at least you made an effort ,but hey! You cant  live in consolation forever you got to make progress .
I will be sharing tips on how to break the record of the number of books you will read in 2016. Reading was one of the resolutions you made for this year, right? Hahaa don’t you deny…and you are halfway the book you got yourself on 1st January…better late than never though. ALAS! We said no excuses so let’s stop reading and start READING!

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Beyond School Books

While it might be a nightmare for quite a good number to flip a book beyond our classroom walls, that maybe just as important .Maybe I should just start by asking ,when was the last time you read a book or a substantial newspaper article? Do your reading habits centre around Facebook updates, tweets, Instagram hash tugs or directions on your instant noodles packet? If you are one of the countless people who don’t have a regular reading habit, you are missing out largely!

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