Making music for African library

Books provided by the Za Foundation.

Books provided by the Za Foundation. - Credit: Archant

A CONCERT at Portishead Methodist Church on Saturday will help provide a library for a deprived area of South Africa.

An artist's impression of the new library.

An artist's impression of the new library. - Credit: Archant

The concert, by the Long Ashton Orchestra, is free but donations to the Za Foundation, a charity based in Portishead, will be welcome.

Za helps sustain a generation of vulnerable and orphaned young people in Nkomazi.

The organisation has set up educational links between schools in North Somerset and schools in Nkomazi and for the past two years has been raising funds to provide a library for the Nkomazi community.

Villagers currently face a 30-mile round trip to the nearest public library and schools have little more than standard textbooks to offer, but Za aims to change that.

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With the end of the project now in sight and only £3,500 of the £13,525 target left to raise, members of the charity are confident that the concert in Portishead High Street this weekend will take them to the final leg of the project, allowing them to deliver the completed library later this year.

A spokesman for the charity said: “We are delighted that the orchestra has once again decided to support the Za Foundation in this way.

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“Previous concerts given by Long Ashton Orchestra have raised more than £1,000 for Za, so we are hopeful the event will help us take a step nearer to the opening of the eagerly awaited library.”

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