Update – November 13, 2015
Slideshow of images showing how our Village Schoolhouse Project is progressing
Update – July 22, 2015
On our recent visit to Malawi, we stood on site where the future Village Schoolhouse will stand and dreamed of how education will provide life-changing opportunities to the children who attend. We met with a committee of leaders representing 21 villages that will all benefit from the Village Schoolhouse. This committee oversees communication with the federal and district government bodies and manages the partnerships between participating villages. It was a pleasure to meet them and witness the excitement over the project they share with us.
The land has been cleared. The well has been dug, and water from that well is being used for the molding of bricks. In fact, 65,000 bricks have already been made, and the community has a goal of making 110,000 more this year.
As we walked the perimeter of the site, the enormity of this project began to sink in. To date, this is the largest undertaking that Equitas has confronted. Despite this reality, we believe the rewards of the finished project will be seen and felt for generations to come, and the Village Schoolhouse will make innumerable contributions to the struggle against the poverty gripping Malawi.
Mercy is a child in Gadi Village who will one day attend the Village Schoolhouse
Steve with the Schoolhouse Development Committee, which is comprised of leaders representing 21 villages in the community
Steve with the chiefs of four villages that are partnering with us in the Village Schoolhouse Project. Their villages will all benefit from this new endeavor.
Site of the Village Schoolhouse in Gadi Village. Families of 21 different villages will send their children to this school.
These three girls from Gadi Village followed us around the entire time we were at the site. One day they will attend the Village Schoolhouse.
Children from Gadi Village who will one day attend the Village Schoolhouse
We met the mother of these two girls and she talked about the need for a school in the area.
The girl on the left should have been in class, but the walk, at her age, is too long.
Two workers making bricks for the Village Schoolhouse
Making bricks is strenuous work, as you can see from the video above. This brickmaker on the school
construction site is enjoying a much-needed break as he waits for his freshly molded bricks to dry.
Clay and tools used to make bricks
Bricks that have dried in the sun and are now ready to be baked in the kiln
Construction of the Village Schoolhouse Well was just completed weeks ago. Workers are using water from this well to make bricks. When the school opens, it will serve as the primary source of water for drinking and cleaning for the students and teachers.
Children in Gadi and the surrounding villages are often unable to start school until they are eight or nine years old because of the long distance they are required to walk. Chief Mwape expresses his concern over this issue.