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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Our Schools' Scouts Association

In addition to carrying a full academic schedule, our Nairobi Kids also have the opportunity to participate in after school activities such as the Kenya Scouting Association.  Scouting has a long history in Kenya, dating back to 1910.  The focus of the Kenya Scouting Association is on community service and character building.  Scouting has become very popular in Kenya in recent years, and troops can be found at schools across the nation, including Galilee Primary and Waddington High Schools. 

The video above was taken in late 2012 during a celebration of World Water Day on the Galilee campus.  The occasion was organized by the Haki Water Organization and sponsored by the manufacturers of Life Guard Soap, which provided bathing soap to all of the children.  The GPS/WHS Scout Troop can be seen marching in the video in their uniforms.  We are so happy to know our students can participate in these learning opportunities.

~Submitted by Brooke

Monday, March 17, 2014

Child of the Week

 Meet Purity – HH507

Birthday – June 2

Purity is fourteen years old and in Form 1 at Waddington High School.  She is a good student and scored a 320 on the KCPE Exam.  Purity was living with her widowed mother, but she was unable to adequately provide for her so Purity was offered an opportunity to move into Holly House.  Purity enjoys reading and drawing and would like to be a lawyer someday.  Can you reach out to Purity and be her sponsor?

You can sponsor Purity for only $30 a month.  Sponsorship of a child living at Holly House covers the child’s room, school fees, and three meals a day.  You will receive an annual photo and at least three letters from your sponsored child per year. 

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

~Submitted by Brooke

Friday, March 14, 2014

Five Fast Facts about Kenya

 (Image courtesy of Darwinek/ CC-BY-SA-3.0)

1.    Kenya is located in East Africa on the Equator.  It borders Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean.

2.    Kenya has a population of approximately 43 million people. 

3.    Kenya achieved full independence from Britain in 1963.  The country celebrates its independence day on December 12. 

4.    Some of the oldest human remains ever found were discovered in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. 

5.    Kenya has two official languages: English and Swahili.  In addition, dozens of tribal languages are spoken in villages across the country.

~Submitted by Brooke

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Child of the Week ~ Birthday Child!

 Meet Shaki - Today is his birthday!
Shaki's birthday is today.  He is 15 years old and in form 1.  He scored 373 on the KCPE which is excellent!  His best subject is social studies and he wants to be an engineer someday.  He enjoys playing football.  Shaki's father was in a road accident, requiring him to be hospitalized.  His mother is unemployed.  Shaki was living with his brother who was only able to do menial jobs to earn a living.  Shaki had to walk long distances to attend school, often without food to eat.  Therefore, the WHS school director reached out and offered him a place to live at Holly's Heart on the WHS campus.  Can you help Shaki and be his sponsor and friend?

You can sponsor Shaki for only $30 a month.  Sponsorship of a child living at Holly House covers the child’s room, school fees, and three meals a day.  You will receive an annual photo and at least three letters from your sponsored child per year.  
For more information, please visit or email
Please make a difference in the life of a child today.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Annual Photos of Our Nairobi Kids

We have received updated annual photos of our Nairobi Kids!  Our volunteers are working diligently to get the annual photos out to sponsors by email.  In the meantime, links to photo albums containing all of the annual photos are available in the private Yahoo Group.  Thank you to Katja, Kerstin, and Ina who volunteered to take on the annual photo project during their recent trip to the GPS/WHS campus!  They did an outstanding job of capturing the faces and personalities of our wonderful kids.  There were a few sponsored children absent the day the photos were taken.  The school is in the process of taking photos of the absent children and we hope to get those pictures out to sponsors soon. 

~Submitted by Brooke

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Letters From Our Kids Are On Their Way!

First term letters from our sponsored children have arrived at Plant-a-Book headquarters! Brenda has already sorted the letters and sent them off to sponsors, so look for yours in the mail soon!

Children write their sponsors at least three times per year (once per term).  Sponsors may write to their children as often as they like.  The children love receiving letters, pictures, and postcards from their sponsors.  The encouragement and love you convey in those letters means more than you can ever know.

Thank you to Kerstin and Katja who organized the letters during their recent visit to the GPS/WHS campus, and to our mail coordinators who work to sort and get these letters out to our sponsors around the world!

Are you are interested in sponsoring a needy child in Kenya and realizing the great personal rewards of the sponsorship relationship?  If so, please select a child in need from our website at or email for more information.  Make a difference in the life of a child today!

~Submitted by Brooke

Friday, March 7, 2014

KCSE Results Are Available

Results for the KCSE (Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education) Exam taken in November by our 2013 Form 4 students have been released!  Sponsors can find results under the “Files” section in the private Yahoo Group (click on “KCSE Results”).

The KCSE Exam determines eligibility for admission to university, technical, and vocational schools.  Obtaining the KCSE is also important for students who are unable to continue their education, as it is required for most of the better-paying jobs in Kenya, including those in offices and the tourism industry. 

We are very proud of the Class of 2013, which performed quite well on the KCSE Exam.  Approximately half of the WHS students taking the KCSE Exam obtained a score of C+, which is the minimum grade required for entry to universities in Kenya.  In comparison, across Kenya only 27.46% of candidates achieved this score.  In addition, we are pleased to see that a number of WHS students earned scores high enough to qualify for university tuition subsidies.  For most of our students, qualifying for subsidized tuition is the only way that they can afford to attend university.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters who donated to our KCSE Exam Fee drive to make taking this exam possible for our Form 4 students!

~Submitted by Brooke