My fellow trustee (and wife) Stefanie and I have just returned from a visit to Malawi. We visited the newly completed classrooms and permaculture garden, and were blown away by how much has been done since our last visit a year ago.
To allow you to get a sense of what the school’s grounds now look like, I have put together a panoramic view of the grounds. Click on the image above to view a large version, and scroll along it to see the big new Rainbow Arch (Uta Wa Leza in Chichewa) classroom block, the permaculture garden with its various plots ready for crops to grow in, the new brick toilet blocks, the two new temporary wooden shelters, the roundabout and the car park! Cars are not a common sight in this part of Mkondezi village, but Gertrude Banda, the school’s director, wants to make sure that there are parking spaces for any visitors who do arrive by car.
Gertrude is awaiting a final inspection from the education ministry, plus the checking of teacher references and qualifications, then the school can fully reopen. Once reopened, there will be opportunities to volunteer at the school in a variety of areas, from teaching English, maths, music, crafts or games to helping with the permaculture garden – email email@example.com if you would like to find out more.