It’s Monday 1st September 2008 and an update on Kawaza


It’s Monday 1st September 2008 and an update on Kawaza

It ’s been a little while since we have updated everyone with the happenings at the Kawaza School Fund. We have had a very busy year with all of the projects – building, students and volunteers.

Young girl looking after her siblingYoung boys loving having their photo  taken

First of all I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated this year. We have had very generous guests who have donated US$ 50,000 either in camp or after their return home. In addition to hard currency we have had lots and lots of school supplies donated. One guest donated a box of crayons for every child at Kawaza School (over 800 boxes), and another provided plenty of absolutely essential notepads, pencils, pens, chalk, blackboard erasers and much much more. Of course the children also love the footballs, skipping ropes and other games donated. So THANK YOU VERY MUCH … it is much appreciated, and we cannot continue the projects without all of your support.

Kapita  school children in donated shirtsKatapilla  school children playing with a frisbee

The building projects are by far our biggest spenders and we are moving along swiftly with these … the toilets are nearly completed and the houses are well on their way. We have three fabulous builders who are taking their responsibilities very seriously. There has also been a slight change of design with the outside being smothered in rough cast rather than smooth plaster and paint. In this dusty environment it will keep all the buildings looking smart and clean for a little longer!

Kawaza girls' toilet - with the new rough cast  finishNsefu house at foundation level

We tried a new builder out at Kapita – Alfred Mbewe, a member of the Kapita community, who had not built at a school before. He has built a fantastic toilet and is getting started on the teacher’s house. At Nsefu and Kawaza Basic Schools the builders (Simon and Isaac) are building the houses and toilets concurrently. They are almost finished with the toilets and the houses are up to window level. This year we have tried to source as much of the building materials as we could locally – with all of the door and window frames being made by local artisans.

Alfred and workers at the Kapita toiletBlock making

We are just about to start our third and final term of 2008, and all of the students gathered at Cool Runnings (Daudi’s bar) for the day to receive their school fees, school supplies and transport money. Daudi’s nephew Loti was an invaluable assistant. The students are doing very well this year, as we are being very tough with grades and making sure that the students provide their report forms and results. Several were on warnings that they needed to improve their grades to continue sponsorship and luckily they all had! I hate saying no to people so it is a great relief to congratulate students on a good term and encourage them continue their hard work.

Loti, Fiona and students receiving sponsorshipStudents waiting their turn in the  shade

We also started our volunteer project in earnest and had four lovely ladies staying at the volunteers’ house. Brenda was our first guinea pig and stayed for ten days (her story was told in a previous It’s Monday). Then Ann joined us for a whole month and really became part of the school and village life. Not only did she teach but she had lots of children interested in the school garden and came up with great ways to re-use water bottles to provide more efficient watering. Ann was joined by Hazel (her daughter) and Erin. Everyone found the work challenging and rewarding – a completely different experience from teaching in a well-resourced school where the internet provides many teaching tools.

Ann, Hazel and ErinMatt and students  learning about radio-tracking wild dogs

While volunteering at Kawaza we organised a slightly different Conservation Club meeting. Matt (from African Wild Dog Conservation) came for a demonstration on the radio tracking. The teacher volunteer programme has evolved a little with much discussion with David Mwewa (the headmaster), the teachers and the volunteers so that everyone can get the most out of the programme.

Our plans for the future include continuing the construction so that there are more physical places for students to attend school and ensure that the quality of education received by the students continues to improve.

Thanks again to all the supporters of the Kawaza School Fund – your contributions really make a difference.

Cheers

Fiona

(Fiona)

Ellies crossing Luangwa

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