IEEE Photonics Society Kenya Chapter Launch Event & Library Set-Up in Kawangware – Kenya

Date: 22nd November 2021
Venue: Kawangware, Nairobi, Kenya
Theme: A Better Future for Every Child

After three (3) years of preparation, IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) Kenya Chapter was finally petitioned, approved and formed in 2021. In addition to the Kenya chapter, IPS has two student branch chapters in Kenyatta University (KU) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). The Kenya Section has been experiencing tremendous improvement and development where IPS KU student branch chapter was recognized as the IPS Chapter of the Year 2020.

 ‘A Better Future for Every Child being the theme for this year’s world children’s day, IPS Kenya Chapter had the pleasure to celebrate it through a gracious library launch event. It couldn’t have been any better! IPS Kenya Chapter organized a social outreach-based launch ceremony under the coordination of the IPS members led by Kithinji Muriungi (IPS Kenya Chapter Chair who also serves as the IPS Global Strategy Representative in Africa under Globalization & Young Professionals committees) and Student Volunteers Team, on 20th November 2021 from 9:00 am EAT. The main agenda of the event was to launch the IPS Kenya Chapter and also facilitate launch of a community library in Mti Moja Muslim area in Kawangware (Nairobi, Kenya). This event was organized in collaboration with IEEE Kenya Section, Taifa Teule Network, Maktaba Yetu, Bestilaya and Maisha Yangu Organization. In attendance was Eng. Paul Kanja, Advisor – IPS Kenyatta University SB Chapter.

IPS Kenya Chapter donated Four (4) complete desktop computers to the library to enable the children to have access to e-learning materials as well as equip the library users with digital literacy skills. Well versed team of volunteers set up the computers in the library. This brought smiles to the children’s faces as they would now be able to access the internet to do research, connect, collaborate, learn and even play games.

Over #1000Books were shelved courtesy of this event. Nothing beats the joy of providing access to knowledge to the younger generation. IEEE Kenya Section also played a vital role by facilitating transport logistics, snacks, and the ceremony cake for the entire team and the children too. On the other hand, Bestilaya provided free access to their resourceful platform. What a lucky community these children are!

It is of importance to enable access to a conducive environment and academic resources to the young ones. This is especially when they lack these both at school and at home. All was enabled through the Watoto Wasome Project to benefit children in the area, enrolled members in the Maisha Yangu Organization and the general public. IPS Kenya Chapter hopes to keep its members engaged and also impact the community through initiatives which are transformative and impactful.


Special thanks to the partnering organizations, IPS Volunteers (Allan Koech and Sera Maina) and Kenya Section volunteers (Fiona Mugambi, Esborn Orina, Mukami Njeri, Mercy Ngulat) and all other participants and volunteers for their efforts in making the launch a success.

Article By: Mercylyne Jepleting & Kithinji Muriungi