Help schools in Malawi

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Olivia Sparks writes: I am 13, and together with my friend Ella White who is 11, am setting up a collection of old stationery to be donated to a small rural school in Malawi.  We thought as it is nearly the beginning of the new school year and most of us, children, are getting new stationery it would be a perfect time to collect your old stationery for children in Malawi. The stationery needs to be working properly but does not have to be brand new. We are collecting stationery such as pencils, pens, rubbers, rulers, colouring pens, sharpeners, highlighters, pencil cases, scissors, calculators, maths instruments like protractors etc.  I lived in South Africa for ten years and our housekeeper was Malawian.  She often told me about the little school resources she had, and that I was incredibly lucky to be able to go to school all year round. We have also recently watched the movie The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.  It is about a boy who built a windmill to irrigate his village crops in the drought.  This movie opened our eyes to the poverty and lack of education in Malawi. We have set up two drop off stations; one at Home Close, Main Street, Sibford Ferris and another at Barthrop Cottage, Burdrop (one of the pair of white-fronted cottages opposite Bishop’s End). We would love it if you could contribute to this cause.

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