HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

HANDS AROUND THE WORLD seeks to help vulnerable children around the world, encouraging enthusiastic and well-prepared volunteers to offer practical help, skill-sharing, support and friendship.
Oct 1, 2015

October 2015 Update

Classroom cupboards under construction
Classroom cupboards under construction

The project partnered by Hands Around the World in Mnukwa village near Chipata in the Eastern Province of Zambia is progressing well.

The resident carpenter Wilson has now been working for 12 months putting secure cupboards and preparing the 3 classrooms for the community.

We are now planning the purchase of the first orders of raw materials so that both the carpentry and sewing areas are fully used and productive. £1500 has been set aside for this and will be paid over the next 6 months.

Meanwhile the Chief has started the production of bricks for the extension to the clinic. A new ward for maternity patients is planned and discussions are ongoing to secure an extra nurse to work in the extended building. We are still raising funds for this build with £6000 in the bank, but a similar amount still needed.

Thank you very much for your support in the past - please help us to continue to make a difference in the lives of those, especially the children and young people, in this rural community.

Classroom cupboards ready for action!
Classroom cupboards ready for action!
Clinic brick production well under way
Clinic brick production well under way
Sep 29, 2015

September 2015 Update

Anupam
Anupam

The New Life Centre school was awarded Secondary status from the Indian government in February this year. This will change the lives of the children who attend the school forever! They will be able to stay on until they are 16 and take the compulsory Board exam which all students at school in India have to sit.

The big difference will be that whereas in the local Government schools 90% of the children fail this exam, we are confident that with the high standard in this school the students will pass and then have the opportunity to go further in higher education.

For this reason the school is desperate for more classrooms, as more children will stay on, confident of a brighter future.

Alindra Naskar the principal writes: "This is a co-educational School, so the Boys and Girls can grow up with equal opportunity. They are in no way less intelligent than city children; opportunities for them however are limited.

I am narrating about a boy and a girl among many of our children as examples.

ANUPAM N - He was an abandoned boy brought up by a poor farmer and began in our school from the age of 4 years. We took full responsibility for him and now he is 15+ preparing for Secondary Board exams in 2016 February. He secured 75% and above marks in every class throughout the years.

MASUMA K - She comes from a poor family, started schooling from the age of 4 years. Now she is 14+, studying in class-IX, and will appear in Secondary Board Exams in 2017 February. She also obtained around 70% marks in every class so far.

There are many other promising children like them to sign up in life provided they have the opportunity and their parents are constantly motivated to bring change in life.

Our aim is to provide them a better educational environment with more ideal class rooms and up-dated study materials.
My personal appeal to you is - please help to grow this school up to college level and we will be able to help many children of this rural community, give them a purpose in life and ultimately they will bring change in their own society.

Thank you so much for your help."

You can read more here:

http://hatw.org.uk/2015/09/29/please-help-us-grow-a-wonderful-school/

Masuma
Masuma
Sep 29, 2015

September 2015 Update

Bonaventure at work
Bonaventure at work

Work and training at Paluoc Carpentry workshop continues to go well. The workshop has carried on as usual with teaching the trainees new carpentry skills, whilst at the same time seeking real carpentry/joinery work for them to do to help them earn a few shillings for themselves and their families.

Most of their work is to do with providing desks, benches and lockers for local schools. The school population of Kisumu continues to grow quite rapidly so there is a fairly steady demand. However the demand for desks etc is very seasonal. Schools want them and order them at the beginning of the school year but by this stage all of those orders have been delivered.

There is some demand for bed frames for people’s homes, and for tables and chairs for churches and community centres, but these are not sufficient to provide a continuous flow of orders and work.

In some ways this is good as it allows Paul to concentrate on teaching new skills to the trainees, but if the workshop is eventually to be self-sufficient then they always need to be on the lookout for other ways of earning money.

Recently Paul has been loaning out some of his more experienced trainees to help with carpentry jobs on building sites - they have been fixing wardrobes, door frames and doors.

This is Bonaventure, one of Paul’s most skilful and trusted trainees fitting a wardrobe.

Kennedy and Stephen are hanging a door in a newly built home.

Meanwhile Maurine, one of Paul’s two female trainees, works at improving her skills back at the workshop.

Slowly but steadily the workshop is establishing itself and becoming accepted as a successful way of providing free training for youngsters who have earlier missed out on their education.

Thank you very much for your ongoing support for these needy young people!

Kennedy and Stephen tackle a door
Kennedy and Stephen tackle a door
Maurine learns new skills
Maurine learns new skills
 
   

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