How can I help?

Even as they endeavor to 'put their money where their mouth is', the Jesuits know all too well that this noble task will not be accomplished with their own resources alone. Like in most of their other projects that serve the church and humanity in general, they trust that many good-willed people will see the value in this initiative and, in one way or another, collaborate with them to make it a reality.

In fact, several individuals and institutions have already started to take part. With the help of such, nearly four cubic metres of books and journals about Africa in the 19th and early 20th century have been collected in the United Kingdom and are now at the Historical Institute in Nairobi, gradually swelling the JHIA catalogue, which can be searched online. This sizable collection of relevant and rare material resulted from donations which were sometimes made as single books and other times as parts of or complete series of specific publications.

JHIA is constantly looking forward to more collaboration. We solicit from individuals and institutions primary records and relevant printed material. Indeed some of our most treasured collections have come from Oxford's Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies and the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG), as well as from private holdings of retiring or former eminent academics and professionals, such as those of Dr Louise Pirouet (Homerton College, University of Cambridge) and Prof. Kenneth Kirkwhood (Professor of African History, University of Oxford, and Inaugural Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, 1954-1986). Furthermore, our Africa Thesis Bank, which accepts Masters and PhD theses written on topics that touch on African histories cultures and religions, has begun to see a trickling of donations from past and more recent graduates from all over the world.

In addition to books, theses, documents and records, JHIA accepts expert assistance on preservation of documents and dissemination of information. It also solicits financial assistance, desperately needed for the acquisition of necessary publications we cannot obtain for free, for the shipping of gratuitously-donated material, for meeting day-to-day cost of running the institute in Nairobi, and for supporting targeted research. JHIA also hopes to build facilities that will be designed specifically to serve its vision and mission, an undertaking that will require significant financial resources as well.

We strongly believe that haba na haba hujaza kibaba (small bits fill up the measuring bowl); so, every small donation matters to us because it eventually contributes to making the measuring bowl full.