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Donate unwanted clothes to help Harpenden student's charity, Mission Zambia
A Harpenden young woman, who has set up her own charity in Zambia, is appealing to people to donate their unwanted clothes.
Emily Lloyd, who is also a medical student, set up Mission Zambia in February after visiting a Zambian village Mwandi for the very first time.
The 20-year-old was so touched by the work of Paula Van Zyl, who leads project Mwandi, she decided to set up the charity to offer her medical expertise and support children and older generations.
Miss Lloyd of Kinsbourne Green, said: "Paula is absolutely fantastic and I was keen to continue helping Mwandi after my first visit.
"Mwandi is a fantastic place with amazing people.
"Because of the rates of HIV, Mwandi has lost many of their middle aged generations who have children.
"Therefore the children are often care for by their grandparents and great grandparents who have around 15 to 18 children to look after.
"We aim to raise money to support them, keep children in a family unit and provide a stable home and loving environment." Since establishing Mission Zambia, Miss Lloyd has organised 30 university medical students to visit Mwandi.
She is currently in Zambia and returns on September 14.
Miss Lloyd is now urging residents to donate their unwanted clothes, shoes and football strips to fill take three bags full worth on their next travels.
She said: "Some children are wearing clothes that are hanging off them, with others barely wearing anything.
"The boys are crazy about football, so if we could have some football strips donated that would be great."
Miss Lloyd’s parents Tim and Julia have also been very supportive over the last six months, while her brother Rupert will be joining her in Mwandi later this year.
Her mother, Julia, raises money for the village by selling candles in tea cups with all proceeds going towards Mission Zambia.
Reflecting on the last year organising her own charity, Miss Lloyd added: "It has been a busy year and a really good experience.
"I love to organise things and strive to do things that will make things better for the future. "In the next few years we are looking to expand our outreach to other medical students in university."
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