Ubaya Ibn Kacab Secondary School Girl’s Library

The Ubaya Ibn Kacab Secondary School was established in 1992 and is located in the city of Borama in Somaliland. Although the school had 1, 250 students (620 female, 630 male), there was no formal library.


Understanding that an important resource was missing, Lighting the Way collaborated with American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA) and the community on the ground to establish a fully-stocked library. To ensure the success of the project, we greatly emphasized community buy-in.


The library serves to promote female literacy and equal access to the resource. However, it is also meant to serve as a public resource for those living in the city of Borama.


Lighting the Way’s hopes that this library will be a step forward in combating the “book famine” in East Africa. The facility is a place for students to not only study, but to discover, imagine, and expand their horizon.


Most importantly, the Lighting the Way team greatly thanks our donors, partners, and the community for making this project a success!

“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man”-T.S. Eliot