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Mike Makwela, Africa Programme Manager, visits Rumphi, Malawi

School Aid's Africa Programme Manager, Mike Makwela, visited Rumphi between 22nd and 30th September to provide library training, assist in the preparation of the launch of the new library at Bumba Primary School and provide support and mentorship to the Project Reading Officer, Kondwani Kamanga.   He was also able to foster the relationship School Aid has with Life Concern Organisation.

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School Aid makes a difference in Lesotho

A student from a school in Lesotho proudly holds up a book, showing the School Aid stamp on the inside cover.

What a journey that book has had, since it was stamped by a volunteer at the warehouse in Hedgerley, shipped out on a container to Lesotho many months ago, to be then transported by our partners in lorries, across often difficult terrain, to schools in some of the most remote parts of the country.

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School Aid volunteers visit a school in Lesotho

A group of School Aid volunteers who, at their own expense, have flown out to Lesotho to visit schools and communities, were able to see how the reading clubs and books and educational materials have made such a difference to the lives of the children there.

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School Aid volunteers prepare for their visit to Lesotho

In September, six School Aid volunteers will fly to Lesotho, at their own expense, and visit 6 primary schools in Maseru, where they will take part in assemblies, sit in on lessons supporting both children and teachers, interact at play time with the balls and equipment (which they will take with them) and assist the Project Reading Manager, Moso Ranoosi and his Reading Club Assistant, Refiloe Khau.

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Another container leaves the warehouse bound for South Africa

Bob Crisp and David Tarn, School Aid volunteers, worked extremely hard, on what was a very hot day in August,  loading a shipping container bound for South Africa.  This container is expected to arrive in mid September.

They loaded 19 pallets, containing 730 boxes of books, onto the container, which will eventually go to schools in and around Cape Town.  Two of the pallets of books are to be forwarded to schools in Johannesburg. 

 

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Families enjoy a day at the warehouse during the school holidays

School Aid welcomed some families to the warehouse during the school holidays. The children who attended were able to pack and decorate the boxes of books going to Africa and also enclose a lovely message to the children who will receive these books. They learnt about the work that School Aid does and completed a special open day activity sheet. All the children had great fun and received an attendance certificate at the end of the day.

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School Aid's 20th Anniversary Summer Party

School Aid held their Summer Party at Gerrards Cross Dukes Wood Lawn Tennis Club.  This year was particularly significant as it was School Aid's 20th Anniversary and also provided an opportunity to thank all volunteers for their hard work and dedication over the years.

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