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Akureyri Residents Build Schools in Mozambique

Over the past two summers, three women from Akureyri in north Iceland, Margrét and Marta Einarsdóttir and Gudrún Blöndal, have raised ISK 4 million (USD 52,000, EUR 33,000) to fund the construction of four schools in Mozambique which opened this week.

The women launched the initiative “Let’s Do Something Good, Let’s Do It Together” in 2006. They asked other Akureyri residents to donate furniture and objects they no longer needed and then sold them in an open-air market, ruv.is reports.

Marta Einarsdóttir, who works for the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA), attended the opening ceremony of the schools in Mozambique. “It was absolutely fabulous. I kept wishing everyone who helped us could have been there and seen it because it is so difficult to describe an atmosphere like this. Everyone was so happy and satisfied.”

Blöndal, who stayed in Akureyri, said she had never doubted that their project would deliver results. “We launched this project with the goal of succeeding and that those who supported us, local companies and townspeople, would see a concrete achievement.”

“It proves that you don’t have to be Mother Theresa to do something good; everyone can stand up and do a little thing like this,” Blöndal added. “The people of Akureyri were very supportive and gave us loads of furniture.”

Blöndal said she and her friends will continue with their charity projects. “We are advertising for laptops that are in good condition but not necessarily new.”

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