We are delighted to announce that we will be taking part in an event at Hay Festival this May!
Head of Communications, Emma Taylor will be joined by the former Guardian Environment Editor John Vidal, historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes and Patrick Kamzitu from Malawi. Together they will chart the inspiring true story of how a small rural village in Malawi has, over the past 16 years, set itself on a path out of vulnerability to drought and famine using books and education.
The village of Gumbi first came to the attention of the British public when John Vidal wrote a piece about the Malawian famine of 2002. He was so moved by the plight of this village that literally had nothing that he ended up visiting four times in the space of a year. As the months went by, help arrived, the rains came, the village rallied – and villagers decided to pursue a new way of taking on the future: education.
“The Gumbi Education Fund was set up as a result of readers’ response to the article,” says John Vidal. “And today, thanks to Gumbi Education Fund and Book Aid International supporters and others, Gumbi has a small library, three villagers are qualified teachers and three more are going to university. Three other villages have also had books from Book Aid International and the future is now immensely brighter. I have seen the difference that books and education make to a community. They can make the difference between a life of toil and penury, and the chance of a better life. I can’t wait to share with the audience at Hay the incredible difference people like them are making by supporting communities like Gumbi.”
“Book Aid International is so proud to partner with The Gumbi Fund in filling their libraries and local schools with brand new books. I have visited Gumbi and was there when the books for their libraries arrived. The celebration was incredible! I hope you’ll join us at Hay to find out more” says Emma Taylor, Head of Communications at Book Aid International.
It starts with a book
Saturday 26th May , 16:00
If you’ll be at Hay, get your tickets here!
Find out more about our work to support readers in places like Gumbi using the links below.