Books fly in as rural areas start a new chapter

Donations of books for children in Matabeleland are gathering pace, according to the region’s development agency.

The agency, formed by predominantly émigrés, aims to revitalise communities in rural areas of the western region, and has already sourced a number of books that will be donated to primary and high school children.

The book initiative began in October under the name Help a Child, Donate a Book and has so far received support from companies and well-wishers in and around Johannesburg.

“We are very happy with the support we’ve received since we started sourcing books and, should it continue like this, we will soon get the required number and even more,” said Ezra Moyo Maplanka, who heads the campaign.

The campaign will collect books for three months and then donate them over the course of a year to schools and libraries.

“We want to source and run two mobile libraries for Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and South provinces and we are sourcing the books and other reading material from individual well-wishers, schools, other institutions of learning based in South Africa, private companies, embassies and charity organisations and churches,” said Maplanka.

The books will be donated in phases, with Bulawayo set to benefit in January, Matabeleland South in April and Matabeleland North in July.

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