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KIND-HEARTED Uttoxeter volunteers are needed to help with a project which ships thousands of unwanted books to educate children and adults in poverty in Malawi.

The Krizevac Project, based in Brookside Business Park, has been running since October and to date has shipped thousands of books to the project in Africa.

The team of book lovers give a few hours of their time every week to sort through underused or unwanted books to make sure they get to where they are really needed.

Volunteers are lead by Zoe Kasiya, Krizevac resources manager, who said she is ‘amazed’ by the success of the project to date.

She said: “Not only have the volunteers collected and shipped thousands of books to our projects in Malawi, they’ve successfully raised over £4000 towards the shipping costs by listing some of the books on internet auction sites.

“Volunteers are helped to learn all the skills needed to sort out which books will be best suited to Africa and which books will raise the most money to pay for the transport costs,

“I also seem to spend a lot of time making cups of tea and dishing out biscuits but that’s all part of the job, the team are worth it, there’s such a good feeling working here.

“I cannot thank my volunteers enough for all their hard work.”

Sending books to Malawi, Africa is vital to help with development; the charity’s long term aim is to end poverty via education and training.

A quarter of all adults in Malawi cannot read, and Krizevac Project is addressing this in many ways.

The Krizevac Project built St James Primary School in Chilomoni Township, a children’s centre which runs a community book library and an IT Training Academy which provides opportunities for hundreds of young Malawians.

The ethos of the charity is focussed on helping some of the most disadvantaged people to help themselves.

Mrs Kasiya said: “If you can use a computer, and you don’t mind a bit of hard work, we’d love to hear from you.

“We especially need people who can offer three hours of their time on a Wednesday or Friday.

“Come down and see us at Unit 1, Brookside Business Park, in Uttoxeter, or give me a call on 01543 888494.”

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