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Knls Buruburu library runs a women empowerment club that seeks to equip young mothers with basic life skills. In the course of providing quality and relevant information to the public, the library looks out for innovative ways of bringing services closer to community. This is done through user segmentation and tailor making programmes that respond to user needs. In this regard, the Library entered into a partnership with Teen Seed, a community-based organization in Kiambiu slum located in Eastlands Area of Nairobi County, on 3rd November 2021. Teen Seed focuses on shielding young women and girls from gender base violence, early marriages, teen pregnancies, and also caters for some survivors of the post-election violence.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Knls Buruburu women empowerment club activities are geared towards endowing the young women and girls with basic life skills to help them enhance their economic aptitude and social confidence. Such skills include (but not limited to):

  1. Basic ICT
  2. Cooking and baking
  3. Social skills and etiquettes
  4. Personal grooming and self confidence
  5. Personal Healthcare                                                                                                                                                                         

The club members are categorized in different cohorts and they meet on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am to 12 noon for lessons at the library. The training modules are scheduled to take one and half months for each cohort. For ICT skills an ICT officer from the Library goes to Teen Seed every Monday for two hours to help the young women and girls with practical ICT lessons. The first group to benefit from the training, which started on 8th November 2021, comprised 14 participants aged between 19 years and 32 years, with the majority being in their 20s.                                                                                                                                                                       






 With the support from the knls CEO’s Office, Buruburu Library acquired a cooker/Oven and also reached out to friends of the library to volunteer their skills and time. Vyombo Chama and two well versed Chefs came on board as initial trainers and also provided ingredients to start off the course.  The first cookery lesson started off with familiarization with the cooking appliances and hygiene. The members made their first cake on Monday 15th November 2021 and another one on Tuesday 16th November 2021. The lessons have progressed from simple chapattis, marble cakes to queen cakes and gradually to birthday cakes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Through the Librarians’ guidance the members are able to get adequate information about the different cookery recipes. This makes the practical lessons interesting since the reference information materials are readily available in the library both in print and electronically.


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