The Holland House of Books is one of the Ilula Orphan Program’s most innovative projects. Beginning construction in July of 2010, the library building provides a safe and enriching environment for learning to all ages in the whole community.
Rooms are dedicated to servicing adults and children alike and the House of Books provides so much more than just literature. The building consists of four separate rooms: a Children’s Room, Adult’s Room, “Magic Room” and “Grandma’s Room,” each with their own functions. The Children’s room is for preschool and primary school aged students and will provide both books in English and Kiswahili as well as a safe space for them to play in when school gets out. The Adult’s room provides an enriching environment for all ages. The “Magic Room” is aimed at providing children with an opportunity to explore culture and the arts through projects and their imaginations. “Grandma’s Room” is a room dedicated to the idea of spreading the knowledge of older generations to the younger generations.
The Holland House of Books has the potential of being the embodiment of a long-time vision of the founding director of IOP, Berit Skaare, who envisioned a safe and comfortable place, “to stretch the brains of everybody, to see how far we can push them into knowledge and education.”