As of August 1st, 2016, approximately 5,000 textbooks (230 boxes = 7500 pounds!!) are being prepared for shipment to Mzuzu University! We are amazed and grateful and humbled by all who have worked together to make this possible.
Many thanks to members of the Virginia Tech Unmanned Systems Lab, Masoud Shirazi, Andrew Jung, and the Repisky family for helping move the books to their temporary home. Currently, the books are awaiting shipment, and we are very excited!
The USL lab truck, usually used as a testing hub for autonomous aerial vehicles, doubled as a great transporter for the boxes of books.
In just a short time, the books will be on their way to Mzuzu University!
Last night, Virginia Tech students braved the weather to help organize another basement full of books that we received from a large number of individuals and organizations. We greatly appreciate these donations and all the help we have received in transporting many boxes of books from donors to our storage location.
I created a short video (below) of the book organizing activity to provide some behind the scenes footage of the students who are supporting this effort. We are now working to develop a plan for shipping multiple palettes of books to Malawi this summer.
In May 2016, Mzuzu University opened an interim library. The former students’ dining hall has been remodeled into a small, but functional, university library. Some book donations have already been received from individuals and organizations in Malawi, the UK, and other countries, and more will soon be sent from the US. However, many of the specific titles needed for student’ course work are missing. Click HERE for more information about how you can help.
I’d like to thank all of the students and faculty who volunteered their time this evening to sort through and pack the first wave of books that we hope to ship to Mzuzu University in the near future. The pictures below capture our evening’s activities.
We would like to thank Darien Book Aid for their kind donation of several boxes of books to the Mzuni Library Initiative. We would particularly like to thank the volunteer who took the time to select books that align well with the needs of Mzuzu University.
In one of the images below, Hayden Boyd (President of the Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation) is standing behind a number of the books we have received from Darien Book Aid.
David Wilson, Associate Director of Virginia Tech’s University Bookstore, delivers three boxes of books for the Mzuni Library Initiative. We are very grateful to David and his team for supporting our initiative.