ASAP thanks everyone who contributed so far to this project.The last group of girls to receive vocational training for two weeks were very pleased with the results. As much as possible, training was adjusted to suit what each student wanted. These trainings have been very much in demand by the local communities. ASAP is planning to conduct another training once the remaining $2650 of funding has been received as it is only cost effective in larger groups.
There is more to the training than just sewing clothes.As these girls learn to produce garments they begin to feel more personally valuable with increased self esteem. The cost of clothes is high and getting higher in Zimbabwe so anyone who has the skills to actually produce decent garments becomes a real asset to the community. And it's not just clothes for adults; they also make school uniforms at a discount to the cost of buying in town. We thank everyone again for supporting this worthwhile project and we hope you will continue to support it.
Thanks to the generosity of all of the contributors to this project we are getting closet to our goal of 20 girls back in school. We now have almost enough funds to pay 14 girls school fees. We especially appreciate those wonderful supporters that give monthly towards this project. As the funds become available, we add deserving young women to the funded group.
One of the statistics that I think is really important, is the fact that if a girl is in school she has a much lower chance of getting pregnant and/or getting HIV-AIDS. The girls all thank you for your support.
Summer is finally here and BeeHive's volunteers have been brainstorming ideas to help this very special school on the other side of the world.
Currently, BeeHive's buildings are under construction with only 1/3 left to complete! With some classrooms still under construction, the completed classrooms are being shared. The school day is split into two shifts, with the younger students taking class in the morning and the older ones in the afternoon. This is working so far, but it's taking a substantial toll on the teachers and staff and BeeHive is anxious to finish construction. Two long-time supporters of BeeHive School - Katy and Abe - are dedicating their entire summer to help BeeHive complete construction.
Katy and Abe are taking a break from life as usual and hitting the road in the name of adventure and philanthropy. The adventure will involve pedaling and camping through Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland on a tandem bicycle. They're hoping to raise awareness and funds for BeeHive School - a primary school in Mzuzu, Malawi. Malawi is located in South Eastern Africa and is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Katy and Abe are planning to ride 3000 miles and their goal is to raise $1 per mile.
They are currently in Italy and have been enjoying centuries old ruins, gelato, vineyards, and pasta. You can dive into their week-by-week adventures on their personal blog:
You can also see where they've been and where they're headed on their bike tour through this really cool map complete with photos and posts. Katy and Abe are currently in Italy and making their way to Hungary.
Thank You for supporting BeeHive School and Katy and Abe on their marvelous adventure! Happy riding to all this summer!
( p.s. Niall Dorey, the founder and director of BeeHive School, has been working hard to get ADSL internet installed, so that he can send more photo and video updates for us all to enjoy. We're hoping to have more photos of construction by the end of the summer. If you are headed to Malawi this summer - then why not take advantage of the opportunity to spend a couple of days at BeeHive and help us collect some photos and videos of BeeHive School. You can take advantage of your time in Northern Malawi to also visit Lake Malawi and Nkhata Bay - I'm sure Niall has some recommendations for fun spots off-the-beaten track. )