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.
We are excited by the books that are arriving! We would like to send a BIG thank you to everyone who has contributed books, time, and strong arms to move these books over the past week. Below are some pictures of our volunteers at work!
Many thanks to Radford University Professors Jolanta Wawrzycka,Department of English, and her husband, Professor Jon Tso, Professor and Chair of the Geology Department, for their generous donation of many volumes of books to the Mzuni Library Initiative. We are grateful!
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.
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.
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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.
Phil, Luke, and Ashley (VT graduate volunteers)