"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
We were able to support a Volunteer English Teacher (one of our previous guests) to help at the school for 6 months by providing accommodation, utilities and transportation for her. This had a huge and positive impact (too many things to cover in this short update) and we already have a second volunteer (the daughter of one of our guests) lined up to continue this effort in 2017.
We provided some important infrastructure upgrades to help the school: Air-conditioning units to help cool the classes, where temperatures can reach 95+ F in summer. Basic internet service (12-month contract) for the first time ever in the school's history. Twelve new chairs to replace very old, damaged and dangerous chairs in one of the class rooms.
We have established a small English library with about 30 children's books. It has been a big hit. Parents tell us their children keep them up at night wanting to read the books. We are also starting a rewards program for reading a book and writing a basic book report about it. More books are planned for 2017.
We delivered a wide range of school supplies including notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, puzzles, posters, backpacks and more, as well as basic sports equipment like balls and bats. These are things that we often take for granted, but most of the children here cannot afford them and the school is unable to provide them.
We were able to buy shoes for children that desperately needed replacements.
"Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived." - Sidney Sheldon