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Project updates December 2018

We at Bwengu Projects Malawi wish you good health in 2019 – our 15th year working in Africa.

The currency exchange rate continues to fluctuate wildly on a daily basis and heavy rains continue and some delays to building projects will occur. In addition, limited village labour has seen the need to adjust the priority list from time to time.

Please see the page on School Bursary Fees for an update on the Malawi governments announcement of the abolition of tuition fees.

Below is a list of recently completed projects from last year and ongoing projects for 2019.

On behalf of all of the people in the Malawi villages that we work in, we thank you for your continued support.

Recently completed projects

2017/18     Adult education     4 villages     completed November 2018

2017/18     Toilet blocks (16 cubicles)     completed December 2018

Priority 2018/1     Mkombezi Secondary School furniture repair     completed August 2018

Priority 2018/2     Mkombezi Secondary School classroom renovation     completed October 2018

Priority 2018/4       Chinunkha Secondary School furniture repair     completed September 2018

Priority 2018/5       Enukweni Junior School furniture repair     completed September 2018

Priority 2018/10     Orphan care food project January 2019 to July 2019     £500     completed January 2019

Additional new projects for 2018 / 2019 funding summary

2018/3     Mkombezi Secondary School
2 toilet blocks     £540 each     Now funded

The 2 toilet pits have now been dug, but the rains continue to delay actual building of the 2 toilet blocks.

2018/9     Adult literacy
3 villages     £680 per village     Awaiting donor

This project seeks to extend into 3 additional villages (Chinunkha Village, Karonga Girls Secondary School and one other to be decided) These adult education projects are for all those within the community who cannot read, write or count.  These lessons last for 24 weeks and are free to all who wish to attend. Full use of the Whole Class Teaching Kits can be accessed.

2018/11     Kacheche whole school renovation
£1950     Now funded

The survey is now completed. Funds for the materials to complete this project will arrive in Malawi by 15th January.

2018/12     Chinunkha Secondary School
Boarding bunk beds / mattresses     90 girls     £1500     Reserved by donor

Chinunkha is a large secondary school with some 600 plus students on role. 180 of these are boarders (90 female and 90 male). At the moment they sleep on the floor. This project seeks to provide 22 large bunk beds and mattresses for the female dormitory. Each bunk bed will sleep 4 girls.

The cost per bed and mattress is £69 (£17 per student)

2018/13    Chinunkha Secondary School
Boarding bunk beds / mattresses     90 boys     £1500     Reserved by donor

Chinunkha is a large secondary school with some 600 plus students on role. 180 of these are boarders (90 female and 90 male). At the moment they sleep on the floor. This project seeks to provide 23 large bunk beds and mattresses for the female dormitory. Each bunk bed will sleep 4 boys.

The cost per bed and mattress is £69 (£17 per student)

2018/14     Whole class teaching kits & IT rooms
3 schools     £950 per school     Awaiting donor

This project seeks to extend and build on the whole class teaching projects now in 13 schools in Malawi. This project is a game changer in regard to the education of children within junior and secondary schools in and around the Bwengu area. The positive exam results of the year 8 student final year exams in 6 out of the 8 junior schools bodes well for the future of this project.

2018/15     Chinunkha Secondary School
50 desks     £10 per desk     Now funded

Work has now commenced  to make these 50 desks. The picture shows the first 30 desks being assembled and varnished. Anticipated completion date of this project is end of January 2019.

2018/16     Mkombezi  Secondary School
54 desks     £10 per desk     Awaiting donor

In this large secondary school before any projects arrived some 169 students sat on the floor during lessons. With new desks already supplied, and a furniture repair project, this still leaves 54 without desks. This project aims to ensure that no students in this secondary school have to sit on the floor.

 

Bwengu Projects is a small NGO run by Sue & Tony Melia together with their daughter Samantha and son-in-law Rob.

Each year we identify, fund raise and undertake various education and community projects in North Malawi.

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