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Summer Report 2016
COMMUNITY SUPPORT -
Msikita is a large, remote, vulnerable village of 1850 households—about 7000 people —under a Village Head and 3 sub-
Back in 2009, a Nursery School—Zayambika (“it has started”) was founded which still runs today with the same 6 voluntary teachers, serving 3 villages. Eager for educational opportunities for their young ones, the school started under a tree and later, the villagers came together and built a simple school room. But, due to poor materials and lack of foundation, the building gradually collapsed and there were no resources to maintain or rebuild it.
Right from the beginning this project was challenging —to build a Community Centre that would house the Nursery School along with other educational and community events. The remoteness of the location and being inaccessible by road until after the rains meant we couldn’t even see the area earlier in the trip. But the villagers worked hard to build a “road” -
83 children are currently registered, 51 boys and 32 girls …. and no building!
No commercial trucks would venture out so far on such poor roads, so every item needed to be transported by our motor-
So, the decision made, we started to unpack the plan. The construction would be identical to the Mtikhe Community Centre we built last year—a very successful project. The foundations were dug as the ruins of the old building were torn down. We’d located and bought bricks locally and the villagers would transfer each of the 30,000 by foot, wheelbarrow or pushbike. They also brought in river sand in the same way.
Our part was to provide everything else—50 bags of cement, 51 iron roofing sheets & timbers, doors, windows and labour. The building took shape, and by the time we left Malawi, it was up to roof level and our staff continued to monitor progress in our absence.
Msikita Community Centre
Last year we built the Mtikhe Community Centre.
In March, we visited to check all was well, but noticed
little details hadn’t been properly finished, which we put
right. Window handles were fitted, the blackboards
plastered and painted, and a desk made for the office.
This prestigious building houses a wide variety of village pursuits, as well as the Nursery School, and is highly regarded.
We were delighted to see trees planted around the
edge of the concourse, and more seeds requested.
Old & new blackboards!
8th July 2016
So the time came for an assessment visit, and the welcome we received from the village was amazing—their eagerness to facilitate their children’s education, backed by years of voluntary teaching by dedicated villagers, impressed us enough to commit to the project. A hint about the novelty and importance of this development came as we left the village—most of the children ran ahead of us excitedly shouting “galimoto!” to each other. This means “car” in Chichewa —some had never seen one!
Crowds pour into the new building for the first time, amazed that their village would ever have such a facility……
….. and celebrated In traditional fashion, with
|A "Carbon Footprint"|
|Msikita Community Centre|
|Monjo School tank|
|How you can help|
|Testimony - Lynda|
|Community education - 2016b|
|News Jan 2014|
|OHP site development-2012b|
|Latest news-Feb 2013|
|On site news - 2010|
|Finally - 2010|
|Life in Malawi-2009b|
|Goats & Milk-2009a|
|And finally ...2009a|
|Pastors' Conf - 2009|
|A helping hand-2009b|
|Milk & Play Centres-2008a|
|Helping Hand -2008a|
|Chickens & water-2008b|