A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

Fostering cultural awareness through educational and entrepreneurship projects.
Jul 15, 2015

The First Tools Land in Haiti

May 1st was an exciting day.  We  shipped our first container of refurbished tools to Haiti. The shipment included power equipment as well as hand tools.  It was unloaded on June 2nd and generated quite a bit of interest.  These tools were then distributed to the various Salesian vocational schools and will be handed out to the graduates as they need them. 

As you know, poverty is quite rampant in Haiti and it is nearly impossible to get a job in the trades without your own tools.  We feel that these tools are a step up for these young people as opposed to a hand out because the tools will empower them to either get a job or start a small enterprise. This is the big step towards their independence and greatly improved lives for themselves and their families.

Your support has played a vital role in this life changing project.  These graduates will go from perpetual poverty to being a productive cummunity member.  Imagine a family will be able to buy enough food and afford medical attention when needed. Thank you again for believing in our work.

Jun 29, 2015

Rebuilding After the Storm

BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 1

BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 1
We have good news to report!  Thanks to your generosity and support we are back on track!
Reconstruction after the hurricane has gone well and we were able to repair much of the damage to the school.  Unfortunately, we did not raise sufficient funds to replace the library books, so we will be looking for ways to replenish the school library in the future.  If you know of any organizations that specialize in donating books to schools in Africa, please let us know by e-mailing info@beehiveschool.com.
The library and computer room block are fixed now, and we took the opportunity to extend the roof to cover the central courtyard to create more shade for the kids.  We have paid for planks for roofing the hall, but not all have been delivered yet.  We have also paid some deposits for the iron sheets for the hall, and the sheets are at the warehouse in Mzuzu but have not been delivered yet, because we are not ready for them.  The new construction is strong and sturdy and designed to withstand future events like the hurricane/storm that hit us a few months ago.

In the coming months, we hope to focus on replenishing the library.  We dried out the existing books as much as possible and some are still in use, but they are wrinkly and the pages stick together and tear easily.  We are exploring getting a shipping container for a large shipment of donated books.

The kindle fires we got for the school alongside the computer lab are a huge success and there is always a rush among the kids to use them.  Kids that had not formerly expressed an interest in reading are excitedly reading on the kindle fires.

Thank you all for supporting us and helping this hurricane be a hiccup along our path to create a great school and educational experience for the BeeHive students.  You inspire us and fuel us to keep pushing past the obstacles and challenges that present themselves.
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 2
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 2
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 3
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 3
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 4
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 4

 

Apr 16, 2015

Help Us Change A Life

Youth Group helping to pack tools
Youth Group helping to pack tools

Help us make a life changing difference for a young entrepreneur and his family in Haiti. He is close to graduating with a certificate in auto repair. The training was free thanks to the Salesian Missions and he is truly grateful for his new found skills. He is dreaming of having a job with a steady income. This will mean food on the table every day and medical care for his younger sister.

The only problem is employers usually require that you have your own tools. No tools – no job!

You can be a part of the solution with a donation to Tools For Empowerment. TFE collects donated tools, cleans and packages them for shipment to Haiti. These tools will become the bridge between acquiring skills and being empowered to use of them.

Later this week we will load the first container of tools to Haiti that will change lives from perpetual poverty to productive citizen. It gets more exciting as we move closer to the day we load and ship. The weather has finally warmed up so more people are willing to volunteer to clean and pack tools.

Please consider a donation to help us make a life-changing difference to young people who have worked hard to learn a trade and just want a normal life. Be a part of the solution.

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