A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

Fostering cultural awareness through educational and entrepreneurship projects.
Aug 9, 2011

Getting Closer to Our Goal

Thanks to the generosity of all of the contributors to this project we are getting closet to our goal of 20 girls back in school. We now have almost enough funds to pay 14 girls school fees.  We especially appreciate those wonderful supporters that give monthly towards this project.  As the funds become available, we add deserving young women to the funded group.

One of the statistics that I think is really important, is the fact that if a girl is in school she has a much lower chance of getting pregnant and/or getting HIV-AIDS.  The girls all thank you for your support.

TA

Jun 13, 2011

Katy and Abe's 3000 Mile Tandem Tour de Europe

Katy & Abe with their trusty stead - a Tandem Bike
Katy & Abe with their trusty stead - a Tandem Bike

Summer is finally here and BeeHive's volunteers have been brainstorming ideas to help this very special school on the other side of the world.

Currently, BeeHive's buildings are under construction with only 1/3 left to complete! With some classrooms still under construction, the completed classrooms are being shared. The school day is split into two shifts, with the younger students taking class in the morning and the older ones in the afternoon. This is working so far, but it's taking a substantial toll on the teachers and staff and BeeHive is anxious to finish construction. Two long-time supporters of BeeHive School - Katy and Abe - are dedicating their entire summer to help BeeHive complete construction.

Katy and Abe are taking a break from life as usual and hitting the road in the name of adventure and philanthropy. The adventure will involve pedaling and camping through Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland on a tandem bicycle. They're hoping to raise awareness and funds for BeeHive School - a primary school in Mzuzu, Malawi. Malawi is located in South Eastern Africa and is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Katy and Abe are planning to ride 3000 miles and their goal is to raise $1 per mile.  

They are currently in Italy and have been enjoying centuries old ruins, gelato, vineyards, and pasta.  You can dive into their week-by-week adventures on their personal blog:

http://katyandabe.com/

You can also see where they've been and where they're headed on their bike tour through this really cool map complete with photos and posts.  Katy and Abe are currently in Italy and making their way to Hungary.

http://trackmytour.com/3678

Thank You for supporting BeeHive School and Katy and Abe on their marvelous adventure!  Happy riding to all this summer!

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( p.s.  Niall Dorey, the founder and director of BeeHive School, has been working hard to get ADSL internet installed, so that he can send more photo and video updates for us all to enjoy.  We're hoping to have more photos of construction by the end of the summer.  If you are headed to Malawi this summer - then why not take advantage of the opportunity to spend a couple of days at BeeHive and help us collect some photos and videos of BeeHive School.  You can take advantage of your time in Northern Malawi to also visit Lake Malawi and Nkhata Bay - I'm sure Niall has some recommendations for fun spots off-the-beaten track. )

Abe with the trusty Tandem Bike
Abe with the trusty Tandem Bike
Katy in Italy!
Katy in Italy!
Bikes and Trains Mix Well!
Bikes and Trains Mix Well!

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Apr 22, 2011

Youth Appreciate Vocational Training

The vocational training aspect of the Out of School Adolescents project partnership between ASAP and Catholic Relief Services had budget cuts. Community Facilitators were hired to give vocational skills training in carpentry, hair dressing and sewing. These facilitators were either school teachers or qualified practicing individuals from the communities where the project clusters are formed. Training was localized in the selected clusters to meet with the budget size. The training had been initially planned to run for 21 days but later during implementation the days were reduced to14 days to suit the budget size even with the Global Giving funding.

This approach is very suitable for our youth and adult Internal Savings and Lending (ISAL) members, as since 2002 they have been asking for skills training to boost their income generating activities (IGAs) by running them more skillfully. We have already started receiving request to expand this training to the community members(ISAL and non ISAL members ), local stakeholders and local schools where the trainings were held or those community members who heard about the trainings. The training was very practical and the trained youths have started to employ the skills they gained in their IGAs. The only limitation in this intervention was enough resources to buy start up kits for those who received the training. 

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