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.
There are many ways of supporting us. Check out our support page
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.
Kusoma Tu has developed a user-friendly phonics manual and lessons plans tailored to the needs of the children we work with.
No Kusoma Tu provides training to all our volunteers