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Literacy in a Box send its 500th box to Zambia

From the Rotary District 1290 December 2014 Newsletter


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"Literacy in a Box have now sent over 500 Boxes to Zambia.  Their December shipment included the 500th Box, which was funded by Scarcliffe Primary School in Derbyshire.  Chairman Ian Parker and his wife Andrea made a presentation to the pupils in Scarcliffe and the pupils gave Ian and Andrea personal letters for the Zambian children which were packed in the box.

In addition to 34 boxes which are now bound for Zambia the Trust also packed 20 Boxes for the Philippines in December.  The Boxes are destined for Tondo School, Manila in the Philippines.  The school is run by the Philippine Community Fund, a charity providing education, food aid, fair employment and health care to some of the poorest adults and children in Manila.  Literacy in a Box was able to assist this school thanks to a grant of £5,564 from the Rotary RIBI Donations Trust.  The successful grant application was made by Literacy in a Box sponsor, Roborough Rotary Club, who also provided the additional funding to enable 20 boxes to be sent.

As well as Literacy Boxes the Trust also provides Zambian children with local curriculum text books.  A current project, which is supported by 6 Clubs, 4 Rotary Districts and charity Goodwill and Growth for Africa, is enabling the Trust to provide Manaca Community School, on the outskirts of Lusaka, with 16 Literacy Boxes and around £3,000 worth of text books.  Roborough Rotary Club provided £1,000 towards the project through their President's Team Triathlon fundraiser.  This was increased to £1,500 by a District Grant of £500.