Lang’ata Women and Children Library, Kenya
The Mandala Trust provided funding towards a brand new library at Lang’ata Women’s Prison in Nairobi. This first of its kind facility will provide more than six hundred women and children, as well as prison staff and their families, with access to a wealth of relevant educational materials and supported learning opportunities such as book clubs, debates and creative writing.
The Lang’ata Women and Children Library was officially opened by the Commissioner General of the Kenya Prison Service, Isaiah Osugo, in 2016. There was a tremendous sense of pride from the Commissioner General as he stated ‘This is the best library facility that we have in the country.’ These facilities will be key to the Life Skills Programme which also includes a Functional Adult Literacy course and vocational training, providing prisoners with the opportunity to enter employment post-release. The brand new facility, alongside the training of library assistants, will provide the Lang’ata prison community with a remarkable resource to support access to education.
The library itself will play an invaluable role in seeing prisons in Kenya as places of positive transformation.