In our last update, we mentioned that we were planning to install electricty, thanks to a generous donation from The ESC Foundation, a small German family foundation. It was installed last month!
A Learning Opportunity
BeeHive School does not have much in the way of science equipment. This is due to the budget being tight, because all the construction expenses the school has had recently, and being located in Mzuzu, where resources are scarce and science equipment is expensive. Despite this lack of supplies, the teachers are creative and come up with many out-of-the-classroom learning experiences. The students grow gardens, have made clay structures from clay in the ground, build towers and bridges from old newspaper, and go on field trips to local shops and the airport. Although leaning through sitting in a classroom is important, BeeHive believes learning through experiences is also important in a child's development.
When the electricity was installed last month, the teachers thought it was a great chance to do some hands on learning. The Standard 6 class did a unit about electricity, learning all about currents, conductivity, and being safe around electricity. Watching the electrician install the electricity was very exciting for all the students. Many students do not have power at their homes.
Now that the electricity is installed, the school is eagerly waiting for the computer lab!
ASAP has just signed an agreement with Salesian Missions to supply tool kits for their Vocational School graduates around the world. This is an important part of our plan because ASAP wants to avoid duplicating infrastructure in each country. The Salesians have requested that we start with Haiti and so that will be our initial focus instead of Nicaragua. We will do Nicaragua at a later date. In the US, donated tools will be refurbished, if needed, by volunteers, then made into tool kits and sent to Haiti for these needy artisans.
Entrepreneurs and artisans in Haiti will go from poverty to productive community members because of your support for ASAP’s Tools for Empowerment project. Thanks to the agreement with Salisian’s Missions, these Haitian artisans will be trained in their chosen skill and receive their tool kit upon graduation. Unable to buy the tools needed for employment or entrepreneurship, an ASAP tool kit makes a life-changing difference.
Vocational Skills training has been identified as the best way to give unemployed youth hope for the future and help families rise out of poverty. But skills without the tools to put that learning into practice are useless. Poor quality Chinese tools are usually what is available in most developing countries. But even these are out of the reach of most young artisans after learning their trade skills.
In partnership with the Salesian Vocational Training Center near Port-au-Prince Haiti, ASAP’s Tools for Empowerment project will provide the tools needed by graduating entrepreneurs and artisans to practice their new craft. This changes everything for them and their families by empowering them to not only survive but to thrive.
Providing the tools to help new graduates put vocational skills to use to generate income is critical in a country where there is little hope of finding formal employment. If there were any jobs, only with tools would someone be considered. And an entrepreneur will be able to prosper with their own tools of the trade. These tool kits will provide hope for the future where currently they have none. As artisans improve their skills and confidence and acquire more customers, ASAP’s Tools for Empowerment will help create future jobs.
"Acquiring a few simple tools can be a life changing event for someone working to eke out an existence for their family.”
Mid January saw a new school year start in Zimbabwe. The well deserving girls that ASAP is assisting with their school fees have been selected. Their names and photos are below:
Thembinkosi age13, father is a pensioner, mother in rural area She stays with a brother who has 3 children
Paraffin age14 father is late, Mother is a low paid nurse’s aid
Shamiso age17 both parents are late
Mureyani age 15 both parents not working
Nyasha age 15 from a broken home
Tariro age 16 both parents late
These girls all attend St. Dominic’s High School in Mutare, Zimbabwe where they get a very good education. You will notice that there are no fancy hairstyles allowed. The girls are strongly encouraged to focus on their studies with few distractions. Just by being in school gives these girls an advantage in life. They have much less chance of contracting AIDS and much greater chance of a better life. Your support is instrumental in making this happen. Thank you.