A new chapter

As we look back on the year that has past, we are able to see how far the school has come and how the school continues to transform from a dream into a reality.

It is at a very exciting stage now as the one section of the school is complete and the next section of classrooms is at roof level. The toilet foundations are complete and the one duplex for the teachers is complete, except for a coat of paint and the enthusiastic teachers to occupy them. It has been a great year in terms of building and we look forward to watching as the school becomes a reality to so many children in the villages surrounding the school.

As one walks through the village and talks to some of the children it is hard not to catch onto their excitement of the school, as they cannot wait for the school to open and to have a school that they can call their own. The children that will be attending the school have the most amazing potential and such beautiful imaginations and they have a passion to learn, which is not always common wherever one goes. The school opening will be the beginning of an exciting adventure, one of dreams becoming realities and of beloved children learning to read and write, learning to become the leaders of tomorrow.

We look forward to what this year holds and would just like to say thank you to all who have been involved in the progress of this school and continue to be involved. Your involvement is greatly appreciated and cannot be demonstrated fully in words. We hope that as you continue to see the progress of the school that your excitement will grow and that you will not only see the building of the school, but the building up of the lives of wonderful children and the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of many.

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Our Year in Review

Well, here we are at the end of another year!

Each year seems to go by faster than the one before it!

This year has been an amazing year for us!

In May, we started laying the first bricks for the school building. Since then, we have worked steadily on the building to where we are now, six short months later, with the roof on the building.

As you can see from the slideshow below, this is a very labour intensive job! We don’t have the luxuries of cement mixers and large work forces to do the work for us. We source all of the materials ourselves, we prepare the equipment and materials ourselves, and we build everything ourselves.

When undertaking a project of this magnitude, it is always a blessing to have the help of short term teams, and this year, we have been blessed to have had five teams, from as far afield as the US and the UK, spend time with us. It has been a pleasure working with the teams, and we are very grateful for all the hard work that they put in.

The work on the school is winding down now for this year. We’ll take a much needed break for December and the first few weeks of January and then, rain dependent, we’ll be resuming work on the 4 semi – detached teachers houses.

Our goal for next year is to have the first school block operational, the four teachers houses finished, and the foundations and floor poured for the next school block.

We would all like to extend a heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who have so faithfully supported us through this! Without you, this would not be possible! Whether you’ve been directly involved in the building or not, you have, in some way, left a legacy for the children in these villages that will be felt for many years to come!

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The work continues

A very warm welcome to all of our friends and supporters!

We’re finally back up and running after a break while the Moller’s were in South Africa. It’s now heads down and flat out until the rains begin again in November.

I thought I’d kick things off by talking a little bit about why we’re building the school.

Did you know that 45% of Malawians are under the age of 15 years, that the average number of years that a Malawian adult has spent in school is just 3, and that less than 10% of people in the village are literate?

These are sad facts!

Malawi is one of the poorest nations in the world, and when one reads statistics like these, it is not hard to see why. There is a huge need in Malawi for education, and for people like us to reach out to the children and youth!

In the area where we work, most children simply do not go to school because the distances to walk are too great. Those that do make the walk and go to school can only go as far as primary school because the distance to the nearest high school is far too far to walk, and the villagers have no other means of getting a child there.

In the early days of their ministry, the Moller’s saw the need and realized that they were in a position to be able to help , and so the dream of building a school was born.

The beauty of the school is that not only will we be able to educate children, we will also be able to work with adults through adult literacy classes and other educational programs so that the entire community will be uplifted.

Obviously, our main aim and focus is always ministry, and this is where the school will really come into it’s own, as the infrastructure of the school will be used as a platform for ministry.

Our last blog at the end of last year showed us laying the foundations and pouring the floors. In May this year, we picked up where we left off with the building. Currently, the walls of the first block of classrooms are going up. It is tremendously exciting to see this happening!

There is still a lot of work to be done, and we will continue to show you the progress through the blog.

 

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Touching Lives

Hi everybody!

Welcome to the Mdala School Project  Blog. We are so excited that you can join us on this journey as dreams become a reality.

Mdala Village is a very rural African village situated high up in the mountains east of Lake Malawi about 64km / 40 miles from the nearest tar road.

The need for a school in this area has been obvious for as long as we can remember. The fact is, it’s not just one school that’s needed, the area could do with at least two more schools! It’s an unfortunate and sad fact, but many children do not attend school, not because they don’t want to but because there simply is no school for them to attend!

Living in very rural areas as the people do, they find themselves literally at the proverbial “End of the Line,” and access is not always easy. The tragic reality is that most development work usually occurs in easily accessible areas, and rural people tend to be missed out.

The ruralness of the village poses its own logistical problems that have to be overcome – the largest being accessibility. the road to the village is not what most Westerners would call  a road with its rickety bridges, jagged rocks that destroy tires and a rainy season that reduces the clay road to a sticky quagmire. It’s along this road that all the building materials are dragged by tractor and trailer.

At the end of the day though, the challenges and obstacles are worth it, and will be overcome! You see, this project is not about walls and roofs and classrooms. It’s about creating opportunities. It’s about little children having the opportunity of an education, something we in the Western world take for granted. It’s about creating opportunities where previously none existed and then opening those avenues and helping people to venture into bright and exciting futures. It’s all about touching lives…

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