Plant-a-Book International helps Nairobi Kids! This blog represents two registered nonprofit organizations, PAB and KKIN-UK, that provide support for the students at Galilee Primary School and Waddington High School, and children living in the Holly House orphanages in the slums of Nairobi Kenya. We are dedicated to lifting children from poverty through literacy and education. For more information, please visit PAB's website at

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Passing the Torch

As our sponsors already know, I'm retiring from running the sponsorship programs at Galilee Primary School, Waddington High School and Holly House children's homes and have passed the torch to His Hands for Kenya, an established nonprofit organization which is able to continue the same programs we provided through Plant-a-Book International to these schools.

If you would like to sponsor a child at Galilee, WHS or Holly House, please contact Holly, the new program coordinator.  You can find the HHK website here:

Plant-a-Book International will continue, focusing on literacy and books in the USA and overseas on a smaller scale.  Please visit our website at if you would like to contribute to literacy programs.

KKIN UK is also continuing on, serving the sponsors who live in the UK.

Thank you for all of your love and support to our Nairobi Kids over the years.  Let's continue on, supporting and caring for these precious children!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Letter of the Month Club

Welcome to the Letter of the Month Club (LOTMC)!  This is a monthly feature on the blog that we hope will help you develop a deeper relationship with your sponsored child through letter-writing.  Since we are all in different stages of getting to know our sponsored kids, we have several suggested topics so that you can choose the one that works best for you and your sponsored child.  We have also provided suggestions for “extras” to send along with your letter, and questions to ask your sponsored child.

This Month’s Topics:
Getting to Know You: Your Pets
Tell your sponsored child about your pets (either those you have now or those you had growing up).  What types of animals do you have?  Do they live in the house?  What do you like to do with them?
Suggested Extras: A picture of your pet.
Questions to Ask: Have you ever had a pet?
Topic in Focus: Favorite and Least Favorite Subjects in School
What were your favorite and least favorite subjects in school?  What did you like/dislike about them?  Share any tips you have for excelling in a subject you dislike or find difficult.
Suggested Extras: Something that symbolizes your favorite class (a printout of a poem for literature, an article about a scientific discovery for science, etc).
Questions to Ask: What are you favorite and least favorite subjects?
Holiday/Seasonal: Summer traditions
What are your summer traditions?  Do you host barbeques, go to the beach, celebrate the Fourth of July (if you live in the US), go fishing, etc.?
Suggested Extras: A picture of you engaged in one of your summer traditions
Questions to Ask: What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
Reminder: The purpose of the LOTMC is to facilitate getting more letters in the mail to our Nairobi Kids, so please do not get bogged down in worrying about writing the perfect letter or gathering the “extras.”  If you are short on time this month, just drop a postcard or greeting card in the mail with a few short lines to let your Nairobi Kids know that you are thinking of them.  

~Submitted by Brooke

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Child of the Week!

 Meet Alex- WH511

Birthday – June 26, 1998

Alex is turning sixteen years old on June 26 and is in Form 1 at Waddington High School.  His mother is deceased and he lives with his father in the slums.  Alex helps his father at home by washing utensils.  His best subject is science and he scored a 263 on the KCPE Exam.  Alex is athletic and enjoys swimming and playing football.  He dreams of being a pilot one day.  Alex has been waiting for a sponsor since April.  Can you make his sixteenth birthday special by reaching out to him as a sponsor? 

You can sponsor Stephen for only $12.50 a month on the basic program, or $20 a month on the reduced-cost lunch program.  You will receive an annual photo and at least three letters a year from your sponsored child.  You will also be informed of the child’s grades in school.

For more information, please visit or email
Please make a difference in the life of a child today!

~Submitted by Brooke

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Football in Kenya

Football (known as soccer in the United States) is the most popular sport in Kenya, and is a favorite of our Nairobi Kids. Although the Kenyan national team failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup, the entire nation is watching the tournament with rapt attention. Here are a few interesting facts about football in Kenya: 1. The Kenyan national team is known as the Harambee Stars. Unfortunately, the team has never qualified for a World Cup tournament. 2. In addition to local teams, many Kenyans have a strong allegiance to British teams such as the Manchester United. 3. Kenya has several regional football teams. In addition, some large Kenyan companies field their own football teams. 4. Major football matchups are often played at the Moi International Sports Center on the outskirts of Nairobi to a crowd of up to 60,000 Kenyans. Tickets range in price from approximately $4-$8. 5. It is said that the streets of Kenya are deserted during the World Cup as Kenyans crowd in front of any available television to watch the matches. If you have taken an interest in this year’s World Cup, be sure to share your enthusiasm with your sponsored child!

~Submitted by Brooke