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Charlotte Meets Gertrude and Ganet

We were delighted that our supporter Charlotte Walford, was able to visit Ganet’s Adventure School. Charlotte is a nutritionist with many years of working in Africa and so she is able to make a much valued contribution to our work on the Feeding Programme. Her time there was short but very valuable to us and to Gertrude. It was over the weekend and Gertrude had responsibilities at her church in Nkhata Bay for the celebration …

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Keeping our learners safe from malaria

We are very grateful to our supporters Jennifer and Kevin, who sent 30 mosquito nets to Malawi. The nets have been used by the Standard 8 class who stayed at the school while they revised for their recent Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations. Malaria is a big killer in Malawi, and the mosquitos which carry the disease are most active in the evening and at night time. Most people in Malawi are not able to afford mosquito …

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Ganet’s Adventure School Needs Water

Like all of us, the learners and teachers at the school need water for drinking, washing and cooking. In addition water is needed for the plants growing in the feeding gardens. Importantly, at the moment, water is needed by the builders to make the mortar to construct walls and the cement for the concrete floor.   Malawi is experiencing unprecedented power cuts with some areas having no power for over 24 hours. Escom, the electricity …

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Making Reusable Sanitary Pads – Kate’s Experience

We are investigating supporting our older girls with management of menstruation so that they do not feel that they need to miss a week of school each month or even to give up going to school.   The solution we are looking at is reusable sanitary protection.  There are a number of patterns out there which organisations are kindly sharing.   Our Trustee Kate, looked at a number of patterns and tried making two different patterns. …

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Exam Centre Number

We have already shared with you the good news that  Ganet’s Adventure School has met the guidelines to be awarded a Ministry of Education number. That happened in August when you helped us to fund the final school block.   Learners at primary schools in Malawi go through 8 Standards and at the end of their education at the school they take the Primary School Leaving Certificate. A pass in this exam qualifies learners to apply …

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News About the Feeding Programme

The Feeding Programme, was begun in February 2014, and has been supported by the Hilden Charitable Fund, for a two year period. For this term, the funding is going to be met by Ganet’s Adventure School Fund. We are looking for alternative funding. Follow this link to remind yourself of the importance of the Feeding Programme.     Gertrude has grown more maize and vegetables over the school holidays so that there will be fresh …

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Progress on block 3 and 4

The important drainage and windows on Classroom Block 3 are now completed and the Classroom Block is now being used for learning. It has been a long hard summer for the team of dedicated builders. When our volunteer Hanna visited the school in August, the building of the walls of Classroom Block 4 was in progress. We are looking forward to the next images that our Malawi Correspondent, Frank, is able to send us of …

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Gertrude thanks classroom supporters on video

As you can imagine this summer has been very busy at Ganet’s Adventure School Malawi – new school buildings, training in new curriculum, gardens to maintain. As a result some of the rewards to be implemented at the school have not yet happened. We will let you know when these rewards are complete. In the meantime, here is a special message from the school’s director Gertrude thanking everyone who supported the project: A long list …

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New Term, New Challenges

The new school year started on the 5th September, and teachers at Ganet’s Adventure School are busy preparing for exciting challenges ahead. The government of Malawi have announced changes to the Standard One curriculum this year, and Ganet’s teachers have been implementing these changes ahead of the new school term. School director Getrude Banda,  along with the Head, Section Head and Standard One Teacher attended two weeks of training on the new curriculum, at St. Maria …

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Hanna’s Volunteering Experience to Remember

In July, one of our volunteers, Hanna, went to Malawi, to spend some time at the school. Hanna had previously run a fundraising campaign to help build two new classrooms. She wanted to visit Nkhata Bay, to see how the work was commencing, and to meet the students. Here’s Hanna’s Ganet’s adventure in her own words:    In July 2016 I spent two weeks volunteering at Ganet’s Adventure School in Nkhata Bay, Malawi. I had …