Send DC High Schoolers to Malawi to Build a School

 
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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

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Oct 7, 2013

We did it! Returning from Malawi

As the students return from Malawai and bring their summertime experiences with them into the new school year, we thank each and every one of you for contributing to this project and making the trek possible! Just to give all of our wonderful donors a small update: we are working to secure a time for a welcome reception for the students so that their stories may be heard, and they can truly reflect on the wonderful experience they have participated in.

 

As of now, buildOn as a whole is excited to announce the release of CEO and Founder Jim Ziolkowski's book: A Walk in Their Shoes. This book, written by New York Times best-seller James S. Hirsch, details Ziolskowski's journey from young financier to philathropist. Every book purchased will be matched by a $15 donation to our Global School Construction programs in Africa, and will automatically enter you into a contest to go on a trek, just like the studends from Eastern High School! http://www.buildon.org/walk-in-their-shoes-contest/

Keep an eye out for upcoming projects that will help send even more kids to another trek in the upcoming months! Again, we thank you for all that you have contributed to the DC BuildOn chapter, and we look forward to keeping up the good work! 

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Jul 6, 2013

WE DID IT - Students on the way to Malawi!

Students and their faculty advisers getting ready
Students and their faculty advisers getting ready

Dear buildOn family, friends, and supporters, 

YOU made THIS happen! This Sunday, July 7th, six students from Eastern High School will leave for Malawi. 

Over the past few weeks, buildOn’s Skyler Badenoch has led pre-trip workshops to help the students prepare. These newly minted young global ambassadors are excited, nervous, curious, and eager to start on what will be a life changing experience. These six students are still getting over the shock that this IS actually HAPPENING - that this opportunity is actually REAL. The anticipation is palpable and they haven’t even stepped on the plane yet.

The students will be working alongside the community to expand a school in Kambanga, Malawi, where 348 students in grades 1 through 7 study in one school block. You can learn more about Guchi Junior Primary School, in the attached buildOn profile.  

The entire buildOn DC chapter and Eastern Senior High School want to thank each and every one of you for your support. The road was long but well worth it. When these six global citizens step off the plane in Malawi all the work, dedication, and funds you all gave will pay off tenfold. 

We look forward to keeping you posted on the progress of their trip. 

From all of us at buildOn DC, a very BIG thank you!!


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buildOn

Stamford, CT, United States
http://www.buildon.org

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Skyler Badenoch

Washington, DC United States

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