Several years ago, the founding members of Jifundishe coordinated donations of supplies and resources from the United States and Tanzania and in November of 2005 opened the doors to the Imbaseni Free Library. The small, two room library provided books and gazettes and hosted specialized programs such as eye clinics, malaria prevention workshops, children’s reading programs, dental clinics, and writing workshops.
The Imbaseni Free Library quickly became a central gathering place for students, children, and plenty of “Mama’s” and village leaders. After assessing the growing needs, the responsible usage, and the way in which this educational resource was embraced, it was clear that it was time to expand!
In January 2009, Jifundishe opened the doors to the newly expanded Jifundishe Free Library. The library is an active hub for the community and is utilized daily by students, children, womens’ groups, and patrons from all walks of life.
The library contains over 4,000 books in both English and Swahili. Copies of all books associated with the government school curriculum are also available – a valuable and otherwise unattainable resource for these village students. The library staff is trained to help local villagers who are unfamiliar with the process of a library and are also able to help people access the internet.