Boost for African library
A STUDENT from Bucks is raising funds to help build a new library in Ghana.
Angelica Lindsey-Clark, who is originally from Seer Green, is part of a larger group of Oxford University students who are hoping to Crowdfund £9,000 for a new building.
The Crowdfunding campaign was launched on Monday as part of the Somerville Ghana Library Project.
Crowdfunding is a way of raising money for a particular project, usually online, involving a large number of people.
The project was originally started in 2003 by students from Somerville College, Oxford University, who set up a library in the Cape Coast called Molly’s Library.
Since then the students have been fundraising to pay for the maintenance, rent and wages for the librarians and have been visiting almost every year.
But at the end of last year the librarian Molly was told the library was no longer available to rent and had to move to a temporary location.
Members of the group are hoping enough money is raised that they can build the new library in Ghana, a country where, according to UNICEF, more than 28 per cent of the population aged over 15 is illiterate.
Miss Lindsey-Clark, who is charities officer at Somerville College, said: “We’re working really hard. I think it’s an amazing project.
“We’re the first Oxford college to launch a Crowdfunding platform.”
Crowdfunding is not the only way the group are planning to raise the money.
According to Miss Lindsey-Clark, they have been doing karaoke, bake sales and ‘anything we can do to raise funds’. She added: “I’m really excited about it.” “It would be such a shame if that library ceased to exist after all the students’ hard work. This is the biggest project we’ve launched so far.”