Everywhere I travel, there are kids playing soccer! Kilgoris in Kenya is no different. Before school, after school, during lunch, it's all soccer all the time. Kids play soccer with whatever they can. Sometimes they use a real soccer ball, but more often the "soccer ball" is an ingeniously rolled pile of plastic bags.
At one of The Kilgoris Project schools in western Kenya, soccer is starting to lose out to reading as a favorite activity. On June 22 the Ntimigom school received 65 Kindles loaded with thousands of books. Instead of running out of class when the bell rings, kids are asking "Can I keep reading to the end of the chapter?". After kids finish lunch they line up outside the school office to check out Kindles so that they can read more.
Intrigued by this new technology, parents are coming to school to see the "magic books". More parental involvement leads to better schools and more engaged kids. Worldreader, the organization that The Kilgoris Project worked with to roll out the Kindles has a simple goal - "Books for all". However, they deliver much more than books. They help build great schools and give kids hope.