A new charity shop has opened in Johnstone. Classrooms for Malawi will raise money to build a school in the African country.
The shop was set up by Carol Kelly, a Renfrewshire Council worker who will be heading to Malawi in the coming weeks with 32 colleagues.
During two weeks in Blantyre, the second largest city in Malawi, they plan to build a brand new school within the village of Williams.
Currently there is no school within 7km and no learning opportunities for almost 600 children who live in the area.
The children are currently being taught under the shelter of trees, exposed to the elements. When they are indoors they learn inside buildings which are crumbling and not fit for purpose.
Carol, along with her colleagues, will work alongside the local community for two weeks. They hope to build a three classroom school, with a kitchen area and teachers accommodation.
Carol says “It will be hard work but very worthwhile. Research to date has shown that the most sustainable route out of poverty for individuals and poor communities is through education.
“The children there have no school at present and no way out of extreme poverty. This school provides an opportunity to change their lives forever.
“We will build the school and Mary’s Meals are funding a teacher and a cook so the children will have a midday meal.
“Everything made in the shop goes towards the project so please come pay us a visit, or donate any items in good condition.
“The Classrooms for Malawi charity shop is now opened at 49 High Street, Johnstone next to the Clydesdale Bank.
“We are opened Monday to Saturday, 11 am until 5pm”
Carol set up the shop to help fund the project, to help towards the cost of travel, accommodation and purchase of tools and resources that will be required.
She said ” I have always wanted to do something like this and will be a dream come true for me. I know it will be a lot of hard work however that does not put me off. ”
Carol also has a collection page for donations, you can make a donation by going to this link: http://www.gofundme.com/malawicarol.