13 April 2014, Malawi – Several structures at Ganet’s Adventure School were damaged beyond repair last week by the flash floods which hit the Nkhata Bay area, and the school’s director Gertrude urgently needs donations in order to rebuild.
Temporary shelters being used as classrooms, two toilets and the school’s kitchen hut all fell victim to the worst floods in the area since 2001. The flooding came at a particularly bad time for the 17 Standard Eight students who were lodging at the school to study and revise for their PSLCE exams in May, and have had to return to their homes.
The school’s director Gertrude urgently needs to rebuild these structures and asks for donations from supporters around the world to do this:
“Please help us to rebuild our school buildings so we can continue to provide a good education for our 200 students. Parents are ready to help gather firewood and cook the food for the feeding programme but we cannot start this until the kitchen is rebuilt. The rainy season is just beginning, so some classes may have to be cancelled for the younger children who learn in the temporary shelters until these are repaired.”
The school is due to start a feeding programme after the Easter holidays, meaning every child will receive a nutricious meal at the school each day, but this cannot happen until the kitchen is rebuilt. We hope to improve the structures as we rebuild, this includes replacing the damaged toilets with compost toilets, which require no water and will provide compost for the school’s permaculture garden. The school’s permanent structures, which include 4 classrooms, an office and a teacher’s house funded via Ganet’s Adventure School Fund and other organisations, were not seriously damaged, which is a testament to their robust construction.
In the wider community, many homes were damaged, crops have been washed away and the road to the nearest large town Mzuzu is impassable due to a damaged bridge.
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Donations are administered by Ganet’s Adventure School Fund (UK registered charity no. 1141352). The charity is run 100% by volunteers, meaning that over 96% of the money from donations goes direct to the school in Malawi (most of the other 4% goes on bank and transaction fees).