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Culford School to Provide Life Changing Support to Library in Malawi


Culford School has been successful in a bid for a literacy grant of £1,000 from Better World Books, for the library at Good News Orphanage in Malawi, which we set up in 2014.

This money will enable the team in Malawi to install solar lighting so they can use the library in the evenings and buy a laptop with internet capability to provide access to online resources and help with library management. They will also be able to buy a bicycle and trailer so they can take books out into the local community, and buy more books and resources.

It will make a huge difference in increasing literacy and access to books in a very poor area where there are no community libraries and few schools.

Since their first visit to Malawi in 2009, Culford has supported the Good News Orphanage. In 2014, Culford raised money with support from the Rosetta Trust to convert an unused building into a library, paying for new furniture and shelving and donating nearly 1000 books.

The literacy grant will develop the work pupils did in 2014 and ensure that the Library continues to grow and aid the community.

Culford’s most recent visit to Malawi was in July 2016, where students visited schools, orphanages, and even a prison. The money for this expedition was raised not only by the pupils, but also through generous sponsorship from the Rosetta Trust. Pupils are supported by the Trust and fundraise throughout the year, with events such as a charity restaurant and non-uniform days.

During this year’s visit, Culford pupils continued their support of the Good Food Project serving phala to hundreds of school children and villagers and they visited our partner school in Nankhufi to help renovate a classroom block. In addition, pupils worked on Project My Girl and The Man Project, allowing them to deliver sexual health, respect, puberty and menstrual hygiene lessons.

Lesley Martin, Librarian, is delighted with the grant from Better World Books. She said: “This will enable the Good News Orphanage to maintain and develop their library. This will support children in their education, improve literacy and allow the wider community to benefit from access to books and information on essential topics such as health and agriculture, as well as reading for pleasure.” Lesley Martin, Librarian

Culford’s annual trip to Malawi is just one of the fulfilling and rewarding experiences that make up Culford’s Sixth Form Enrichment Programme, and proof that an education at Culford is indeed challenging, enriching and fun.
Published: December 5 2016

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