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buildOn works to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and learning.
Jul 30, 2014

How your support made a difference in DC & Malawi

Thanks to your support, two students from Eastern High School in D.C. traveled to Malawi with buildOn last month to help build a school for the rural village of Msewa in Central Malawi.

The students traveled with a two teams of buildOn supporters from other U.S. cities, and they started their trip with a visit to one of buildOn's adult education programs in the nearby community of Jalo. The Eastern students enjoyed this side trip and mentioned that was really great for them to see another aspect of buildOn’s work and get a better understanding of the impact of literacy.

The community of Msewa was very enthusiastic, motivated and organized! In addition to breaking ground on the school and  working help with the construction, students also partook in cultural workshops. Specifically, they were able to meet with the Group Village Headmen, interview a traditional healer, spend time with a women’s group, try out basket making, and hoe making! The students also had a chance to live with host families and learn more about life in rural Malawi. 

The school that you are helping replace currently currently has two classrooms, two teachers, and two available grade levels in Msewa. Most importantly, there are 116 first and second grade students in the school and buildOn will work with the community to add more teachers, more grade levels and more classrooms.

We look forward to keeping you posted on the progress, but you can follow the construction through the link above.

The DC Chapter

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Apr 30, 2014

D.C. buildOn Chapter Update April 2014

Fantastic supporters,

I am excited to write my first report as the new D.C. buildOn chapter president! My name is Jackie Horstmann and in addition to leading the D.C. Chapter, I am also the Director of Development and Communications at Critical Exposure.

In January, I was first introduced to buildOn when I travelled to Nepal to build a primary school. I was immediately inspired to get involved in D.C.  You can read more about my personal journey on buildOn's blog.

With knowledge of the D.C. education landscape, and the personal experience of funding, traveling, and experiencing a buildOn Trek, I am excited to lead our team to success.

As you know, in 2013 the buildOn's D.C. Chapter and Eastern High School's buildOn Club sent six students to Malawi, Africa to construct the foundation of a school for a village in need.  The students from Eastern HS returned home inspired by their experienced and convinced that more students like themselves should participate in this transformational journey.

This year, the buildOn Club at Eastern hopes to send at least two students to Malawi and to build the foundation of another school! For every $4,000 raised, one student will be able to participate in this life-changing trek. Proceeds go directly toward travel costs and the construction costs of building the school. 

Thinking more long-term, the D.C. Chapter also plans on sending at least six students to Malawi in 2015. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am confident that with your support we can reach our goals.

Thank you!

Jackie Horstmann

D.C. buildOn Chapter President

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Jan 29, 2014

buildOn DC Update

Fantastic supporters,

I am excited to write my first report as the new D.C. buildOn chapter president! My name is Jackie Horstmann and in addition to leading the D.C. Chapter, I am also the Director of Development and Communications at Critical Exposure. We train youth to use photography and advocacy to make real change in their schools and communities.

In January, I was first introduced to buildOn when I travelled to Nepal to build a primary school. I was immediately inspired to get involved in D.C.  You can read more about my personal journey on buildOn's blog.
With a knowledge of the D.C. Education landscape, and the personal experience of funding, traveling, and experiencing a buildOn Trek, I am excited to lead our team to success.

As you know, in 2013 the buildOn's D.C. Chapter and Eastern High School's buildOn Club sent six students to Malawi, Africa to construct the foundation of a school for a village in need.  The students from Eastern returned home inspired by their experienced and convinced that more students like themselves should participate in this transformational journey.

This year, the buildOn Club at Eastern hopes to send at least two students to Malawi and to build the foundation of another school! For every $4,000 raised, one student will be able to participate in this life-changing trek. Proceeds go directly toward travel costs and the construction costs of building the school. 

Thinking more long-term, the D.C. Chapter also plans on sending at least six students to Malawi in 2015. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am confident that with your support, we can reach our goals.

Thank you!

Jackie Horstmann

D.C. buildOn Chapter President

Links:

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