Members of a Luton charity have returned from Africa with a message of thanks after spending their Easter distributing books donated by Luton schools.
The books were collected by Unleashing Potential, a charity set up to empower communities, as part of their Project Malawi initiative.
The team was led by Sufian Sadiz, a Luton Sixth Form tutor, and Amar Azam, a governor at the college.
Project Malawi aims to create self-sustaining communities through innovative regeneration projects related to health and education.
Amar Azam said: “The teachers that we met were overwhelmed with the generosity shown by schools in the town.
“Working with our partners in the country, we were able to assess the need of the school and distribute the right books to them.
“Even in impoverished communities, the desire to read is there. It is inspiring to see.”
Amar and Sufian also ran workshops on business and enterprise and journalism and creative writing.
Foster Katupi, assistant headteacher at Namitsitsi Primary School, said: “The class teachers are really pleased with the support from the people of Luton. We just do not know how we can thank them.”
Eight-year-old pupil Peter said: “It makes it special to know that these books have come to us as gifts from other boys and girls who have read them.”
Project Malawi supported the development of water-based projects which included wells, gravity-based irrigation schemes and fish farms.
For more information on Unleashing Potential, visit: www.unleashing.me