History

K

usoma Tu is a Swahili phrase meaning “reading, period. ”Kusoma Tu works to improve literacy for children and adults who have weak literacy skills.

Kusoma Tu Foundation Trust was launched in 2009 following a conversation with a candidate waiting to begin her exams, who confessed that she couldn’t read or write. Kusoma Tu was established to respond to the needs of children in public schools who were completing primary school and had not learnt how to read. A majority of these children are from very low income households in the urban informal settlements.

Beginning with one volunteer with three books, Kusoma Tu established a reading intervention program at Kawangware and Jamuhuri primary schools in Nairobi County.  We worked mainly in Kawangware primary school, with support from individual and institutional partners like the Braeburn School and Nairobi Chapel. In the first six years, we were able to teach over 250 pupils how to read.

In August 2014, we organized our first charitable walk, a 100km walk to Magadi from Nairobi. A team of 13 walkers and 6 support crew walked from Nairobi to Magadi over two days to raise funds for Kusoma Tu and to highlight the plight of children completing primary school without functional literacy skills.

In 2015, Kusoma Tu extended our work to include adult literacy for those who would like to learn how to read, and to work in the Borstal institutions like remand homes, rehab centres and other non formal institutions. We also began to train volunteers and teachers from other institutions who were doing similar work. This was following numerous requests over the years from a number of adults to help them learn how to read and write. We have also been approached by a number of schools and organisations, primarily those working in marginalized areas to partner with them or train them on how to work with struggling readers.

we achieved

Schools

Kusoma Tu has graduated a cohort at Jamhuri Primary School and about 5 cohorts of over 250 children at Kawangware Primary School. Our aim is to reach 4000 children in 25 schools over the next 3 years.

Rehabilitation centers

We are currently working with about 250 children in 3 different rehabilitation centres in Nairobi. Our aim is to be in all the 49 Juvenile Centres in Kenya.

Training

To add capacity to our programmes Kusoma Tu has run a week long training course for 24 trainees. We aim to train 60 teachers per year over the next 3 years.

Our Great Team

IRENE KONDWANA MAKINA

Founder and Educational Resource Developer

JOYCE NDIFUNA

Strategic Director

Sophy Njoroge

Lead Operations Director

MUTHONI MAINA-MWANGI

Co-founder and Training Co-ordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

If I cannot teach, how else can I help?

There are many ways of supporting us. Check out our support page

Can I come when I have time?

While we value individuals giving of their time, Kusoma Tu has a minimum requirement of 3 hours a week for a period of 10 weeks.

How do you teach reading?

Kusoma Tu has developed a user-friendly phonics manual and lessons plans tailored to the needs of the children we work with.

Do I need to be a trained teacher to volunteer with Kusoma Tu?

No Kusoma Tu provides training to all our volunteers

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