Organizing the First Wave of Books (Part 2)

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.

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Interim Library Open

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.

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Help Mzuni via “Amazon Smile”

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.

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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.

For more information about Amazon Smile click here.

Donations Have Started Arriving

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.

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Phil, Luke, and Ashley (VT graduate volunteers)