Partnership forged by library to boost self-reliance in Busia

Children sampling books at Kiwimbi Library. The facility has forged a partnership with a forensic auditing firm to establish piggeries and poultry farms for the community that will help them be self-reliant.

A partnership deal has been forged between Kiwimbi Library and a Zimbabwean forensic auditing firm ARS Forensics Limited to roll out a programme that will help the Kiwimbi community to generate income through agriculture.

This was revealed by the firm’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Alec Kaguru after the tour of various departments of Kiwimbi Library.

Kaguru said the programme will support less privileged children, women and men and learning institutions, noting that their initial focus will be on piggery and poultry farming.

“I set up the forensic auditing firm in Zimbabwe, South Africa, United Kingdom and the US. In Zimbabwe, I support 44 counties with 20 projects with an average of 60 members each,” he said.

The CEO said ARS will buy pure breeds with beneficiaries only building houses for pigs, adding that he will also train them on artificial insemination (AI) and stock feed manufacturing for free.

On poultry farming, Kaguru said he will donate grinding mills and incubators to owners of the programme; their only task being to build poultry houses. Grinding mills will also apply to piggeries.

He said the piggery and poultry programmes will also be cascaded to schools with the aim of making education free within a short period of time since schools will be able to sustain themselves.

In addition to piggery, Kaguru said waste from pigs will generate a biogas digester, which will facilitate cooking in homes and schools for over five years, thus a boost to climate change mitigation measures.

Kaguru, who toured various departments of the library, appreciated the patron Prof Olubayi Olubayi  for a splendid job of lifting the library to international standards.

Professor Olubayi said Kiwimbi Library will sponsor two vulnerable children from the neighbourhood through secondary education. Dedan Omuchele scored 371 marks and Shadron Ichuma 340 marks. They have both joined SA Kolanya Boys High School.

Omuchele, in a stunning revelation, said he read a total of 432 books in one year at Kiwimbi Library before sitting his KCPE, as Ichuma said he read a total of 314 books.

Robert Ikedi, the manager of Kiwimbi Libary and a Masters graduate in Laser Physics from the University of Nairobi, said his success story didn’t come on a silver platter, having read over 4000 books since 2012 when the library in Amagoro opened doors to the public.

By Gilbert Ochieng

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