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Krishna Khetia Library

About Krishna Khetia

Krishna Khetia, Monash Woman of the Year (2009)

Krishna Khetia

Krishna Khetia was an exceptional student, role model and volunteer at Monash South Africa. She was named Monash Woman of the Year in 2009 and was chosen as one of the Mandela Rhodes Scholars for 2010. As well as achieving academic excellence, Krishna was also passionate about making a difference in our local community - spending her Saturdays tutoring local children through our Saturday School project in an effort to improve literacy and learning opportunities for the young people of Zandspruit.

Tragically, on the 2nd January 2010, Krishna was killed in a car accident. In memory of Krishna, her spirit of volunteerism and passion for the education of children, we will open the Krishna Khetia Library

Our history

Boy reading a book

Our Saturday School volunteer programme began our journey in providing educational support to the youth of the Zandspruit region. At its peak we were providing educational support to approximately 200 children, but results from the two local schools still showed very poor literacy skills. With Saturday School growing rapidly in popularity, a clear gap in available resources with no library in the area, and research showing that children with poor reading skills and habits are in danger of low educational attainment, we saw a need for creating additional formal learning and literacy spaces.

Our vision

Boy reading a book on baby elephants while another boy reads over his shoulder

In November 2012 we opened the Monash Krishna Khetia Library at Zandspruit Primary School and another one is still under construction at Masakane Primary School. We also support already existing community libraries with book donations and training. Currently we support over 10 library sights.

It is our goal to uplift the community by promoting access to reading Materials. We truly believe, and to quote Dr. Seuss, that "the more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go."

We aim to provide the twelve thousand local families with children new purpose-built learning environments, giving them access to books and resources which will open their eyes and broaden their horizons. We hope to foster in the children an appreciation and enjoyment for reading and learning, in a space where creativity is inspired and promoted, to prepare them for all the opportunities that life will present.

How you can help

Donate a book

Children reading books in a group

A library is not a library without books on the shelves. We want to create a collection of books that will have a positive impact on the lives of the children who read them - books that transport, engage, excite and inspire.

All of the books for our children's sections and libraries will be gathered by donation. We are still appealing for donations for the other libraries.

Reading is a very personal experience. In an effort to encourage the children to read we ask that you to write a message in the book you donate (new or good second-hand condition is preferred) which explains why this book was important to you. You can then send it to:

Monash South Africa
P/B X60
South Africa

Donate your time and skills

If you have the time, we'd love for you to come and help us. Like us on Facebook and we'll let you know what we're doing and when.

Donate to inspire

Decorating the libraries to make the spaces attractive and appealing is also a big part of the project. If you are an artist and would like to be involved, have colourful art or photographs to donate, or would like to write a letter encouraging the children who will use the library, we'd like to hear from you.

Make a cash donation

If you would like to donate to aid in the project, please contact us.

Contact us

If you'd like to join the team or would like more information about our projects, please visit us at the Community Engagement Office - C6.8, call +27 11 950 4009 or +27 11 950 4310, send us an email or like us on Facebook.

For the love of reading

Community read-a-thon

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