Mar 23, 2011

A Short Update on Construction at BeeHive

A nearly completed building
A nearly completed building

Dear BeeHive Supporters,

Sorry for taking so long to post a new update, but communication with our field partners has been minimal, since the internet connection has been down for Niall.  A new connection should be established soon, so we'll have pictures and hopefully even video headed your way soon.  

We recently sent over $1000 USD, which at the current currency exchange rate works out to about 131000 kwqacha.  These funds came in the nick of time as construction at BeeHive School is still in full-swing.  They are working on the administration block, library, and computer room.  The funds went straight into cement, which is surprisingly expensive in Malawi.  Since Malawi is an under-developed nation certain materials which we take for granted in the United States are actually quite expensive.  As a point of comparison, $100 USD can buy you 6000 bricks in Malawi, but it will only buy you a few bags of cement.  Bricks are locally produced and there is a large market, therefore they are competitively priced.  Cement, wood, and glass are harder to come by and thus more costly.

Niall has taken some video with the small HD camcorder Katy, Spencer, and Eva bought him as a Christmas gift.  Since his internet connection is so slow we can't transfer the files online.  We have sent him a few USB memory flash drives and he will be sending those our way soon.  Unfortunately it can take anywhere from 1-3 month to mail packages from Mzuzu.  But you can look forward to those videos in the coming months!

I didn't want to leave you all hanging, so I have included some photos from Troy Smith who visited the school a few months ago.  

In some other news - a few of our volunteers are planning fundraisers in the form of garage sales soon when the spring comes, so if you're interested in hosting one contact us at info@beehiveschool.com for suggestions.

Niall also reports that the school is looking fantastic and he's excited to upload photos once he can get access to a good internet connection.  He encourages all his friends and supporters to come visit soon!

We will never be able to say it enough - but Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to all our BeeHive supporters.  It's because of your unwavering support that BeeHive has been able to weather all the challenges over the past couple of years and build a truly remarkable new school that will safely house generations of students to come.

Warmly,

Eva Markiewicz on behalf of The BeeHive School Team

Niall walking along the new school buildings
Niall walking along the new school buildings
Inside a classroom
Inside a classroom
Construction in Progress
Construction in Progress
Students enjoying recess at their new school!
Students enjoying recess at their new school!
BeeHive Student celebrating a soccer goal!
BeeHive Student celebrating a soccer goal!
Jan 18, 2011

Tariro Ruth Mudawariwo - A Successful Deserving Student

Tariro is looking forwared to Secondary School
Tariro is looking forwared to Secondary School

Tariro’s late father, Mathias Mudawariwo was lead carpenter at ASAP’s carpentry training-with-production center in Zimbabwe – Tinovaka “We Build”. Mathias was a skilled artisan with good leadership skills; when we succumbed to TB in 2000 it was a great loss recalls Tom Arsenault (ASAP’s President).

 ASAP has funded primary school fees for his only surviving daughter, Tariro Ruth Mudawariwo, who was born on 17 November 1997. This year we are proud that Tariro has been accepted at St. Dominic’s Secondary school in Mutare to begin her Secondary School education.

Tariro’s mother does her best to provide for her, selling vegetables and sweets and biscuits. The families plight was highlighted by her friend to the local pastor of the United Methodist church who has responded by giving her mother a part time job which earns her $90.00 per month. From this monthly income she pays Water ($35), Firewood ($20) Paraffin( $10) Groceries ($25).

The diet they take comprise of Sadza (maize meal), vegetables and beans. Once a month they have meat or fish. Tariro aspires to study medicine at the university and train as a medical doctor. She is inspired by her cousin named Tatenda Mudawariwo who is a trainee heart surgeon at the University of Zimbabwe.

Tariro feels lonely when her mother is away and she always thinks that it was better if she had a sister or brother to talk to. Tariro is a Christian and she loves playing hockey. She looks confident and speaks politely with a very innocent voice. She looks straight in one’s eyes when talking to her. Your contribution will fill Tariro's days with companionship, education and help to make her future bright and full of hope.

Tariro's father was a skilled carpenter
Tariro's father was a skilled carpenter
Mrs. Mudarawiwo works hard to provide
Mrs. Mudarawiwo works hard to provide
Tariro's father
Tariro's father

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Dec 21, 2010

BeeHive School Spelling Bee A Success!

Spelling Bee Winners
Spelling Bee Winners

A yearly tradition at BeeHive School is the much-talked about and much anticipated yearly spelling bee contest.  This year was a big success and the winners are pictured below.  The Spelling Bee took place in BeeHive's new classrooms, which are coming along nicely, but funds are running low.

Currently, due to the incomplete classrooms, the school day is split into two shifts, so that the classrooms can be shared.  The younger students take class in the morning and the older ones in the afternoon.  This is working so far, but it's taking its toll on the teachers and staff and BeeHive is anxious to finish construction.

BeeHive’s parents have already donated what they can and even pre-paid their dues for several semesters in order to further construction.  Unfortunately, this has not been enough to finish construction.

We are asking BeeHive supporters to pledge $10/month for at least one year on the Global Giving site to help with constructing a new bathroom unit at BeeHive.

Finally, we’d just like to take a moment and reflect on this past year.  BeeHive has seen some very low lows and high highs.  At this time last year, BeeHive looked like it was going to be shut-down and an entire community lost, but with the help of so many hopeful and generous people both in Malawi and around the world, BeeHive pulled through and every day is looking brighter and brighter.  Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us this year.  Thank you for your encouragement, thank you for your hope, and thank you for your constant support.

 
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