Alfred Chidembo shares how he is wanting to reduce the 5 million books hitting landfill in Australia and how sending these books will help children in Zimbabwe have a future.
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Alfred Chidembo is a PhD graduate in Materials Engineering from the Institute of Superconducting and Electronic Materials at the University of Wollongong. Upon completion of his studies, he set out to collect only 2,000 books to send to Zimbabwe to help children in his village. Two months into it and 10,000 books later, together with his wife, Precious, Aussie Books For Zim was born.
Aussie Books for Zim is an Australian based charity with deductible gift recipient status that seeks to promote education and improve literacy in the remote rural communities of Zimbabwe.
There is no shortage of books in Australia as Australia sends 5 million books to landfill every year. Aussie books for Zim collect such books and upcycle them to set up libraries for children who may never have a chance to own a single book in their lives. To date, the organisation has shipped over 100 000 books to Zimbabwe and set up 14 libraries in rural Zimbabwe, built three more brick by brick, with the help of communities and partners including the Australian Embassy in Zimbabwe.
Aussie Books For Zim’s goal is to put 1 million books in the hands of 1 million children in ten years.
“Alfred talks about his charity Aussie Books for Zim. It is an inspired story. But it isn't one of a philanthropic pursuit, though there is generous work at play. It isn't because a profound moment changed his course, though there are pivotal events in the charity’s history. Alfred's story is deeply personal. It is about his childhood, his upbringing, his deep appreciation of books. It is about his friends. His family. His loved ones who hope for but often never reach a better life. It is the education gained from books – donated, reclaimed, sent back home, saved from the rubbish heap – and placed into the hands of people he personally knows and loves that gives them possibility. Just that small rare edge of humble learning in sometimes far distant lands in isolated places, for those trapped behind the barriers of mountain ranges, that empowers his friends and loved ones to create a chance for themselves. For their children. And sometimes, that is about urgent work that saves lives.”
Bradley Roche TEDxCanberra Speaker Coach