Organizing the First Wave of Books

13 04 2016

The Mzuni Library Initiative

I’d like to thank all of the students and faculty who volunteered their time this evening to sort through and pack the first wave of books that we hope to ship to Mzuzu University in the near future. The pictures below capture some of our activities.

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Congratulations Nneoma Nwankwo!

10 04 2016

Congratulations Nneoma for being named Virginia Tech’s Undergraduate Student of the Year! The pictures below were taken this evening during Virginia Tech’s Student Recognition Banquet at the VT Inn. Nneoma began the day by giving a presentation at the ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference in Syracuse, NY. Fortunately, the snow stopped this afternoon and she was able to return to Virginia in time for the ceremony. She had quite the day!

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Dr. Yehyun An Receives Outstanding Dissertation Award

25 03 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Yehyun (Hannah) An for winning the Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Social Science, Business, Education, and Humanities category at Virginia Tech’s Graduate Awards Banquet last night.

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Help Mzuni via “Amazon Smile”

21 03 2016

Please consider helping the Mzuni Library Initiative via Amazon Smile.

The Mzuni Library Initiative

If you already shop on Amazon and would like to support the Mzuni Library Initiative, we invite you to shop at and choose the Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation as your charity of choice.

How it Works

1. Visit

2. Sign in and Choose Your Charity. We have registered the “Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation” with Amazon so please search for us.  We recommend you enter “Malawi” in the search box and scroll down until you see the name of the foundation. Once you have selected the foundation, you should receive an email confirmation from Amazon.


4. Begin shopping. After selecting the foundation, everything else functions the same. For each product you purchase via Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation.

5. Share with your friends. After you’ve successfully completed a purchase on Amazon Smile

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How You Can Help

9 03 2016

Ashley Taylor provides a great example of VT’s motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

The Mzuni Library Initiative

In the video below, Ashley Taylor (a graduate student at Virginia Tech) talks about the Mzuni Library Initiative and how you can help.

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IRRT International Leads Article

9 03 2016

The Mzuni Library Initiative

We would like to thank the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) of the American Library Association for including an article about the Mzuni Library Initiative in their International Leads publication (see page 5).


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Launching the Mzuni Library Initiative

12 02 2016

Please consider supporting the Mzuni Library Initiative.

The Mzuni Library Initiative

In the early morning hours of Friday, December 18, 2015, the Mzuzu University library in Northern Malawi was completely destroyed by fire. The Mzuni library contained the textbooks and other study materials used by students. It was the main place on campus for students to study, read, and use computers. It housed the University’s network servers. All of these resources were destroyed by the fire. The University is moving forward to establish an interim library for the current semester, to plan for a permanent replacement, and to seek funding for these tasks.  It needs our help.

IMG-20151218-WA0002You can help rebuild this vital resource.  Virginia Tech and the Malawi Education and Children’s Welfare Foundation are collaborating to help Mzuni rebuild its library.

What books are needed?  Books urgently needed for students to use for their coursework are listed here. The University is seeking immediately to replace more than…

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