Mar 31, 2020

Slowed down due to COVID-19

Hope you are all safe at this time of global pandemic. Last week Government of Malawi declared a state of emergency, which means all schools are closed, travel is restricted and all large gatherings of over 100 people are banned. Although thankfully, Malawi does not have any confirmed case of COVID-19, precautions are advised including social distancing and washing of hands.

In line with this and as advised by our technology partner ShiftIT, we have suspended eLearning centre training and so users can only access the RACHEL server at their centre offline and with their own personal device and not share and touch shared devices. As a result, trainers who would have to travel from Blantyre to get to Mbando village will not be coming to provide training until the situation improves. We are trying to avoid all unnecessary travels which may put Mbando village at risk through contacts with persons from outside the village. 

Thank you for your continued support and let us hope the situation improves and we can restart training soon. Keep well and most importantly, wash your hands regularly. Sending lots of good wishes your way. 

Feb 3, 2020

2020 is here!

2020 started off on a positive note for Abundance and we are excited for the future!

The eLearning project campaign on GlobalGiving raised $2,045 in 2019, of which $514 was raised by the GlobalGiving team through bonus prizes, matching money, corporate partnerships, gift card redemptions, and/or marketing efforts. Eight donors donated during this year, one of them very generously giving Euros171 close to new year's eve! We have been awarded "Top Ranked organization", "Vetted organization", "Effective organization" and also voted by staff of GlobalGiving to be "Staff favourite organization". We are mighty pleased with all this. 

Learning at the centre continues with regular training sessions and much interest at the village. A young boy from Mbando village, Keishas Chilumba, was unanimously chosen as "eLearning Champion" by users of the eLearning center. Keishas is a regular user and assists others at the center to learn and even does troubleshooting on the laptops. 

Just two days ago, the founder of "Mentors without Borders" got in touch with us after seeing our project featured on GlobalGiving and expressed interest to partner with us to provide free mentorship to Malawians in computer programming, goal setting and visualization exercises. We are grateful to GlobalGiving for this exposure. 

Our hard-working team led by Ruth Mumba and Grace Moyo continue to support Mbando village and are in constant touch with all other members of Abundance. Some of us hope to meet in March/April 2020, where we are expecting some visitors from the University of Glasgow and the Sustainable Futures in Africa network to visit Mbando village. We will be sure to show them the mural at the eLearning centre with your names. Many thanks to our regular donors and new donors, every penny sent is utilised for the centre and helping young people learn. 

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Nov 5, 2019

We launched the eLearning Center!

eLearning training held between 2-3 Nov 2019
eLearning training held between 2-3 Nov 2019

It is with great pleasure that we report the launch of our eLearning Center which was held on the 11th of September 2019. The event was attended by community members of Mbando village, users of the eLearning centre, academics from the University of Glasgow, our International Volunteer from France and members of Abundance team.

Brian Barrett and Kenneth from the University of Glasgow tested a drone at Mbando village, which was very exciting, particularly for the younger members of Mbando community.

Julie Charmetant, our volunteer from France spent a month in Malawi and stayed at Mbando village at Moses Phulusa's house. She also participated in the launch event.

Ruth Mumba, Grace Moyo, Clifford Mkanthama and Andrew Kamvazakazi, our Abundance team members were all present for the launch. Clifford and Andrew stayed with the team from Glasgow and Julie at Moses's house the day before the launch, getting a flavour of Mbando village life. Enjoy some photoes from this event, which YOU all helped set up!

It was a successful event and the laptop which underwent maintenance (total 8) was given to the center and all keepods deployed. Kayetha Banda from ShiftIT provided a three day training, which started a day before the launch. We took advantage of the event to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals which are related to Abundance's work. Enjoy some photoes from this event. 

In the past months, our volunteers have been busy and have successfully translated 10 books for our eLearning center. We are keen on making learning resources relevant to the users.

This weekend (2-3 November 2019), we held another training session focussing on the regular users particularly the youth. We will continue updating you on the progress of this project which YOU all helped set up!

Launch of eLearning center on 11 Sept 2019
Launch of eLearning center on 11 Sept 2019
Drone testing at Mbando village
Drone testing at Mbando village
 
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