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Charity Christmas cards which really do make a difference

Ganet’s Adventure School charity Christmas cards   We have created two new designs of our ever-popular Christmas cards, based on drawings by the children of the school in Malawi. They are printed on uncoated, sustainably sourced paper and are not laminated to give a natural feel and to be environmentally friendly. A minimum of £4 per pack of cards sold will go to Ganet’s Adventure School, Malawi, supporting the education of the children at the school. …

Thank you! Our UK Christmas store raises £1,000 for our school

The staff and children of Ganet’s Adventure School pass on a big thank you to everyone who supported our 2014 Christmas store, which raised £1,000 after costs for the school in Malawi. The money will go towards vital running costs such as classroom materials, water bills and teacher salaries in order to keep the school running. Our Give As You Live Christmas campaign has also resulted in a large increase in money raised this way. …

Talking fish and illuminated alphabets: an art lesson in Malawi

Trustees Steve McInerny and Stefanie Posavec were joined on their recent visit to the school in Malawi by GASF supporter and artist at large Deirdre Nelson. Deirdre has supported the school before, having set up and created the work for Wordbespoke, our ebay art auction from 2011. We discussed a selection of art projects with the teachers, and worked with them to integrate these with the children’s current subjects of study. Standards three and four …

Illuminating lessons at revision time with Little Suns

The Little Sun solar lights donated to the school in Malawi have been put to great use since they arrived. Trustees Steve and Stefanie saw them in action during their recent trip to Malawi, as the Standard 8 children, who are around 14 years old, used the Little Sun lights in revision classes for their recent final year exams. Between January and April the children in the final year are encouraged to revise and offered …

A Volunteer’s diary, Part 1

Gill Buckley and Lisa Bennett, mother and daughter, got in touch with Ganet’s Adventure School about volunteering after finding the website. They are no strangers to volunteering and Gill is a retired teacher, so when they were looking for somewhere to volunteer in Malawi, Ganet’s school sounded perfect. As well as volunteering their time and using their expertise to introduce new teaching techniques, Gill and Lisa also raised a fantastic amount in donations and secured …

5 easy ways to support Ganet’s Adventure School (and it needn’t cost you a penny!)

Do you want to help our award-winning school in Malawi but are not sure how? We’ve made it as easy as possible: Give As You Live Sign up to this free scheme and every time you shop online with them, thousands of stores will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to us, for free! Click here to get started: http://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/ganets-adventure-school Donate You can make single or regular donations with Virgin Money Giving. It’s …

Gertrude, an inspirational mum in Malawi

Life as a mother in Malawi can be tough, as British writer Aurora James found out when interviewing Malawian mum and our school’s founder Gertrude Banda. The interview is for an article published on Yahoo! UK for Mother’s Day: http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/gertrude-inspirational-mum-malawi-173700495.html Gertrude is an incredibly hard working widow, mother of four and grandmother of two, who combines caring for her family with running the school which she founded in 2004. She rises at 5am each day, …

Get on your bike for Ganet’s North Downs Adventure!

We are excited to announce our second group cycle ride, Ganet’s North Downs Adventure, on Sunday 24 June 2012. The 46 mile loop starts and finishes close to historic Hampton Court on the outskirts of London, location of this year’s Olympic cycling time trial. We will also ride up Box Hill along a section of the Olympic road race route. We are an official Bike Week 2012 event, and will be raising money for the …

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A bumper Christmas means new desks in Malawi

We’re pleased to report that we had a very successful Christmas in 2011, raising over £1,300 for the school in Malawi through our market stalls, online store, donations and our Christmas video. At St Margarets Christmas Fair, we were visited by the mayor of Richmond, as well as a couple of rather butch looking ugly sisters on stilts from the local production of Cinderella! Our first ever Christmas video, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas – …

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The 12 days of Christmas – African style!

We have released our first Christmas video on YouTube, and it’s already drawing the crowds. It shows the children and teachers singing a very special version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, adapted for Malawi and complete with actions! The teachers worked with our volunteer Jean Ni from the US to customise the song and teach it to the children. Thanks also go to Jean for filming the song. Here are the lyrics to the …