Cannon Lane

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Bookenya Update

Dear Parents and carers you may remember early this year the school supported an initiative called Bookenya where we asked that you to donate unwanted books to send to Kenya. Below is an update from the organisers.


Last year one of the students from Cannon Lane went to Kenya during the summer holidays. While she was there she visited Ronald Ngala Primary School and was surprised to see how few resources they had at the school. 


The students invited her into their library which contained very few books. The teacher informed her that the children really enjoy reading but did not have access to good quality books. She decided, it would be nice if we could collect some books for the students.
When she got back to London she started a project called Bookenya. She asked her fellow Cannon Lane students to bring in any unwanted books so they could be sent to Kenya. We were expecting to collect around 1000 books, but our students were so generous that we ended up collecting around 3000 books.

The cost of shipping, clearing and duties quickly added up so we were unable to send all the books to Kenya in one go. Kenya Airways helped us with free extra baggage allowance, and we managed to get 600 books over to Kenya free of charge.


  • 150 went to Mama Fatumas orphanage in Nairobi
  • 150 went to Street Children's network of Nakuru
  • 300 to Ronald Ngala School in Mombasa


We still have 20 boxes with approximately 1800 books left to send over to Kenya and are in the process of raising funds to pay for the shipment of these books. 


If you would like to donate towards the shipment costs, please visit the gofundme page here.


You can see a short video of the teacher and some students who have received the books here.


Thank you for your support!