Sep 19, 2018

Update: Preparing the eLearning Center at Mbando Village

Workshop to introduce Rachel and Keepod technology
Workshop to introduce Rachel and Keepod technology

"We welcome technologies such as eLearning for rural communities, and are excited that this will enhance education", said MacDonald Kuse, Division head of Eastern Region, Ministry of Education, Malawi, when the Abundance team members met him on 21st August 2018. The team explained to Kuse at his office about Rachel and Keepod technologies and its potential to provide learning resources to communities which are cut off from the grid and have no wifi access. 

The team went on to hold a workshop on the 24th of August at Chilimba Secondary School, the location of the eLearning Center in Mbando village. It was a well-attended session, with the Chief of the village in attendance, mother's groups, youth groups, teachers and village committee members attending too. ShiftIT's trainer explained about the technologies to community members and Abundance team collected additional information requests from the participants. It was exciting for the community to access learning resources through laptops and smartphones. Many of them were seeing this for the first time and their excitement was evident on their faces as they clicked a button and a video started playing, or they scrolled down the long list of electronic books, and showed keen interest to learn through this center. 

The Abundance team asked the what additional learning resources rthey would like in addition to the 500GB of materials preloaded on to Rachel.  The participants made a list that ranged from "Leadership skills", to Malawian textbooks to DIY videos on making soap to "Climate Change"! The Rachel device has been sent to ShiftIT to upload these additional materials. 

The Abundance team had a fun-filled day on the 2nd of September gathering together volunteers and members to paint the room where the eLearning center will be hosted. We realised, painting walls can be a good team-building exercise! Furniture for the center was also donated on that day. A painting of the Abundance logo (tree of life) was done by a local artist and the names of all those who donated were painted on the logo. This painting, framed with bamboo is now proudly displayed at the eLearning Center room. A testimony that ordinary people can come together to do extraordinary things!

Abundance is now busy with procuring solar panels, keepods and laptops and will keep you posted as we go along this wonderful journey to bring the internet to remote rural Mbando village!

Meeting with Division Head Ministry of Education
Meeting with Division Head Ministry of Education
Information needs for eLearning Center
Information needs for eLearning Center
Donating furniture & gearing up to paint the room
Donating furniture & gearing up to paint the room
Painting the room for eLearning Center
Painting the room for eLearning Center
Finally, eLearning center room prepared!
Finally, eLearning center room prepared!
Jul 6, 2018

Report on the Fundraising Drive on Global Giving

Donations analytics
Donations analytics

Eighteen days ago, Abundance embarked on a fundraiser for establishing an eLearning Center at Mbando Village, a remote rural place in Malawi. Little did we know that our very first crowdfunding campaign would be such a huge success with support flooding in from across the world! Thank you for believing in our vision, thank you for making it your vision too! Today, we received a total of $5,438 from 66 donations, from donors in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada, Qatar, South Africa, India, Philippines, Spain, Malawi, Swaziland and more.

During the 18 days, page views to our website and facebook page soared and donations came via various ways as indicated in the donations analytics. What we learned from this fundraiser is that there are many people who care about others. There are many good-hearted people around the world who would sacrifice and give for a worthy cause. We also learned that it really is a small world we live in and it’s amazing how we are all connected so easily. Even though Abundance team members are scattered in different parts of the world, we can jointly make efforts that work. An example is our fundraising video which you can view on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSYKweI_UZU&feature=youtu.be

We also learned from this fundraiser that no matter where we are we can all come together in a shared vision, the vision of improving lives of those less fortunate. We can all do our bit. And, they all count!

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuk Satoro

You helped us raise a total of $5,513! Donations came from United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, Qatar, UAE, Singapore, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland and many more. We had a total of 67 donations!

Having raised funds and surpassed the target, we want to go ahead full steam with implementing the project! We are in the process of finalising suppliers for solar panels, sourcing keepods, keepod-ready laptops and making furniture using a local carpenter. We will be updating you every major step along the way. Updates will also be posted on our website, facebook page and shared through twitter. You, as donors are our valuable partners in this project. Please be assured that every penny you donated will only be used for the project of the eLearning center. For any further information do not hesitate to contact us at abundance.future@gmail.com or d.pullanikkatil@gmail.com

 
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