In spite of the tremendous strides we have made in increasing access to education, one of the key challenges remains: Our literacy and numeracy levels are not improving as fast as we would like them to.

  • “More than two out of every three pupils enrolled at Standard 3 level in East Africa fail to pass basic tests in English, Kiswahili or numeracy set at the Standard 2 level”
  • “The poor do worse everywhere; children from socioeconomically disadvantaged households perform worse on all tests at all ages”
  • “Students in non-­‐government (private) schools perform better than pupils in government (public) schools”
  • The Government allocates only KES 1,420 per pupil for primary educaton
  • Only 56% of pupils who enter standard one complete primary school

Key Queston

How can Longhorn Publishers be a partner alongside the Government in the ambitious task of improving the country’s literacy levels?

Disadvantaged schools

While Government (public) schools perform worse than private schools, there is a set of public schools that face even more daunting challenges. These schools have a high presence of orphans, children from single parent homes, children escaping early marriages and those staying with distant relatives because of challenging situations at home.

One of the drivers of illiteracy at many of these schools is the lack of access to books and reading material. It is expected that books will be provided by the educatonal insttuton and when that does not happen, the level of literacy, numeracy and educatonal atainment remains low. This in turn feeds the cycle of poverty as these children grow up without the skills necessary to succeed in our rapidly advancing society.


Soma Caravan is an initiative by Longhorn Publishers that aims to help in bridging the gaps by providing books to community schools across the country.

We acknowledge that the task at hand is immense but we hope to accomplish it by working with like minded partners in getting much needed books to community schools all across the country.

We aim to distribute more than one million books to hundreds of community schools all around the country. You can choose to donate to one school, take on multiple schools or even adopt all schools within a county.



We will then identity partners who would be interested in working with us either across single geographical areas, by targeting specific types of institutions, sponsoring specific schools or coming on board as global partners.


Once we partner and select beneficiary schools, distribution can either be done by the partnering organisation, by Longhorn publishers or by both parties. The event will then be highlighted on Social Media, on the Local Dailies or select TV stations – further positioning and enhancing your brand as a socially conscious enterprise.


By partnering with the Soma Caravan, you get an opportunity to demonstrate to communities all around the country your commitment to their development. It allows you to bring the candle of knowledge to many communities across the country.


To the children benefiting from your participation, your brand will always be perceived as a positive influence. The impact of the lives of these children may win you lifetime fans who choose your brand above others.

Begin the Journey

To indicate your interest in SOMA CARAVAN ,

Please contact us at:

Funzi Road, Industrial Area

Tel: +254 2 6532579/558551

Cell: +254 708 282260, +254 722 204608