All donations can be sent to the following address:
The Mzuni Library Initiative, 201 Architecture Annex, 140 Otey Street, NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061
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.
We would like to thank Paul Hover (the Assistant Director for International Outreach, Virginia Tech, University Libraries) for writing the article below which outlines how his colleagues are working to support the Mzuni Library Initiative.
If you already shop on Amazon and would like to support the Mzuni Library Initiative, we invite you to shop at smile.amazon.com and choose the Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation as your charity of choice.
How it Works
1. Visit smile.amazon.com.
2. Sign in and Choose Your Charity. We have registered the “Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation” with Amazon so please search for us. We recommend you enter “Malawi” in the search box and scroll down until you see the name of the foundation. Once you have selected the foundation, you should receive an email confirmation from Amazon.
4. Begin shopping. After selecting the foundation, everything else functions the same. For each product you purchase via Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation.
5. Share with your friends. After you’ve successfully completed a purchase on Amazon Smile you can share the news with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or via email.
We would like to thank Radford University’s School of Communication for making a significant donation of several hundred books to the new Mzuni library. We would also like to thank Dr. Benjamin Corl (VT Dairy Sciences) and Matt Bender and Hunter McClelland (VT PhD Engineering Students) for also making book donations. The image below documents the start of Mzuni’s new library.
In the video below, Ashley Taylor (a graduate student at Virginia Tech) talks about the Mzuni Library Initiative and how you can help.
The presentation below provides a clear indication of the devastation caused by the library fire at Mzuzu University.
We are excited to receive the first books for the new library at Mzuzu University! Please let your organization, colleagues, friends, and family know about this important initiative. Our goal is to collect over 2,000 books so we still have some distance to go. Thank you for your support.