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Help Us Build a School Library in Kenya

Thornton orthodontist Dr. Brandon Scheer is a firm believer in the spirit of service and the power of education. That’s why he’s thrilled to announce our current charitable initiative: building a library at the Ihwa Primary School in Kenya.

Dr. Scheer has partnered with the father of one of our patients to create the school library in the small village. From coordinating with the school to providing books, our efforts are underway! By building the library, we can provide children with much-needed access to books, educational materials and programs, ensuring they have the opportunity to learn and grow.

Now you can help too! We are accepting donations to complete Ihwa Primary School’s library. Help us raise money for the community in Niyeri, Kenya, and receive a Readers-R-Leaders Lion plush toy! Recommended donation: $20 USD

Receive a free Readers-R-Leaders Lion plush toy when you donate $20 or more!

Help Us Build a School Library in Kenya

Thornton orthodontist Dr. Brandon Scheer is a firm believer in the spirit of service and the power of education. That’s why he’s thrilled to announce our current charitable initiative: building a library at the Ihwa Primary School in Kenya.

Dr. Scheer has partnered with the father of one of our patients to create the school library in the small village. From coordinating with the school to providing books, our efforts are underway! By building the library, we can provide children with much-needed access to books, educational materials and programs, ensuring they have the opportunity to learn and grow.

Now you can help too! We are accepting donations to complete Ihwa Primary School’s library. Help us raise money for the community in Niyeri, Kenya, and receive a Readers-R-Leaders Lion plush toy! Recommended donation: $20 USD

Receive a free Readers-R-Leaders Lion plush toy when you donate $20 or more!

Want to Adopt Your Own Library?

While our library is being built at the Ihwa Primary School, children across Kenya are in need of libraries. The students at some schools don’t have adequate access to books and materials that promote literacy and learning. If you’d like to further support the cause, consider taking part in the Adopt-A-Library program and funding a school library of your own.

Whether you’re an individual, a team, a business, an organization or a group, the logistics are already in place. Dr. Scheer can connect you with his Kenyan contacts who will use your donation to provide books and shelving to a school that doesn’t have a library. The program also involves training teachers in library management and inspiring a positive reading culture in the school community. Not only will you bring joy to students, the library will also be named after you or your business. Contact Dr. Scheer today to learn more!

    The Story Behind the Project

    Even before becoming an orthodontist in Colorado, Dr. Scheer was dedicated to giving back. In 2011, while he was in dental school, he went on a cooperative mission with Kenyan dental students at Moi University. They provided dental care to homeless children in the city of Eldoret. The experience was so meaningful to Dr. Scheer, that he went on another mission trip the following year, traveling village to village in Ecuador offering dentistry to those in need.

    While both trips were life changing and strengthened his already strong spirit of service, during his month in Kenya, Dr. Scheer fell in love with the country and the people. Since then, Kenya has held a special place in his heart.

    Serendipitously, Dr. Scheer began treating a patient at Shine Orthodontics who is Kenyan. The patient’s father, Robert Mwangi, and Dr. Scheer discussed their experiences in the country and the needs of the children there. Upon learning that the Ihwa Primary School didn’t have a library or storybooks and that the students struggled with written and spoken language, Dr. Scheer partnered with Mr. Mwangi to create a library at the school.

    After a period of planning and communication, the school agreed to set aside one of the new classrooms being built to serve as the library. Dr. Scheer provided funding and a team from Text Book Centre, a bookstore chain in Africa, designed and delivered a mobile bookshelf to the school. They also conducted training for teachers and several students on library management and running activities, such as debates, book club discussions, essay writing competitions and storytelling.

    On August 24, 2021, Dr. Scheer and Mr. Mwangi had books delivered to the school and some of the excited students were reading them before they even reached the shelves. Our hope is that the library will help provide a solid foundation for learning and a love of reading with free access to books, educational materials and programs.

    While Dr. Scheer and Mr. Mwangi have been laying the groundwork for the project and it’s off to a running start, additional funding is needed to add more shelves, books and programs. That’s where you come in! By donating or simply sharing this story with friends and family, your contribution is important to supporting early education in Kenya.

    The Timeline

    Stay up to date with the latest news on our Thornton orthodontist’s charitable project.

    June 2011

    Dr. Scheer went on a mission trip to Kenya where he worked side by side with Kenyan dental students from Moi University, providing dental care to impoverished children in the city of Eldoret. During his month in Kenya, Dr. Scheer fell in love with the country and the people.

    June 2021

    Dr. Scheer partnered with the father of a patient at his Thornton, CO orthodontics practice, Robert Mwangi, and, together, they’re helping to build a library for the Ihwa Primary School located in a small village in Kenya.

    August 2021

    The build-a-library project is officially underway. We had a mobile bookshelf built and teachers and students received training in library management. On August 24, 2021, the books Dr. Scheer purchased arrived at the school.

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