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Sep 20, 2019

The School is nearly built and needs a roof!

First school block up
First school block up

The Mlambe Project Update on Nankhono School

 

Dear Friends of The Mlambe Project,

ZIKOMO ZIKOMO! We thank you for your generosity so far.

The Nankhono School building Project is coming along nicely, we completed our first build at the end of August which is a huge upgrade on them learning under trees. Through the first set of donations we were able to build a school block that accommodates 120 children. We trialled a new building technique, called SSB, which is made of compressed earth, which is ecological and saves us from having to cut down trees in order to kiln bricks. The technique is incredible.

Each brick is pressed individually in this giant hand press, which is a mix of setting solution, earth, clay and sand.

We also built a brick hut so we can carry on building bricks through the rainy season, which means we will be able to keep prepping new buildings over winter! Ready to carry on building in March.

The first block has delighted the entire community.

The project has delighted the families, children, teachers and the villagers immensely, and we have received official thanks from Chief Boxi. We would especially like to thank the May-Millers, and Michael McGowan who made this building possible.

Now this is completed, we have been able to start on an identical school building (just a tiny bit smaller) funded by Global Giving, that will still have a capacity for 120 children.

Here is the progress of the build you funded in pictures! (Attached)

This school block has gone up a lot faster, as our building team have got so proficient at building we have been able to get it up in record time so far!

We are now working on the roof !

However, we need your help. One of our donors, who had pledged to finish the school has changed his mind and decided to direct his funds towards one of our other projects, which means that we don’t have enough funding to finish the roof before the rainy season starts!

Can you help us by making an additional donation, big or small to help us put a roof on before the rains come! Donate now on Global GivingIf you would rather donate in GBP, you can also visit our Justgiving Page at https://www.justgiving.com/mllambeproject*

How did we get here?

We usually raise everything for a school building before it is built- but this time, one of our donors, who has a long term relationship with the charity, after pledging to the school decided to build a bore hole in one of the other villages we serve, Mlambe, and donate funds to the infant feeding programme. Then,one of our other committed donors to the project has had some delays getting a grant they have been raising for us. Therefore we need to urgently raise £5000.

We have over 101 donors through Global Giving now, so if you each gave us a donation of £50.00, we could reach our goal in no time! If this is too much for you though, we totally understand. Any donation, big or small would make a mightily huge difference. Don’t forget to Gift Aid your donation at the checkout and this will add an extra 25% on to your donation.

Another way you can support the charity is by setting up a regular donation.

Finally, whether you can give again, or not, we want to say a huge ZIKOMO from all of us here at The Mlambe Project for your incredible contributions making our project a reality!

Thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts, for this incredible contribution, and each and every one of you who have made this collective effort. In the words of Margaret Mead, “Don’t think that a small group of committed minded citizens can’t change the world, because it is the only thing that ever does!”

If you are interested in learning anything about our project, we are always happy to answer any questions, and can help you maximise your donation through us. Through the direct impact of your donation, we have been able to raise the school leaving age at this school to thirteen!

We are sending our very best wishes, and deepest gratitude for your support.

 

Anna Day FRSA and all the team at The Mlambe Project

Chief Executive

The Mlambe Project

+447733305042 email anna@themlambeproject.org

 

*We know the JustGiving page has a spello, it is actually a mistake in the way they set it up, we are working to change this.

 

 

 

The community celebrating the school block.
The community celebrating the school block.
Nankhono Block 2- Global Giving funded School
Nankhono Block 2- Global Giving funded School
The roof trusses in progress for the classrooms
The roof trusses in progress for the classrooms
Jul 2, 2019

An update on our GlobalGiving Accelerator Appeal

Project report- update on the GlobalGiving Campaign!

Dear Supporters,

I am really delighted to let you know that we have in total raised a total of £8,017 (10,159 USD) and we have had a series of further pledges of $20,200 USD outside the campaign window and which has meant that we have raised enough funding to fund an entire school block, and a toilet block. We are going to commence the building project in September for the first school block, and most likely commence the toilet block at the beginning of the next building season in March.

We are so tremendously grateful to everyone who has supported this time limited appeal, which has meant that we have managed to fund most of the infrastructure for Nankhono. Our next priorities will be teachers’ homes and an bore hole, which we are already making strides towards.

We also wanted to let you know something that came to light only after the campaign started-that we thought we would be match funded £1 for £1 but in fact, the ‘match funding’described when we applied was actually just top up grants of between $1000-$5000 if you happened to be the charity with the most donors (which we were not) and the campaign who raised the most (which sadly we came 9th). This was not well communicated to us by the platform at the start of the campaign.

 We are sorry that the campaign won’t be matched dollar for dollar, but in fact, we have done so well that the campaign exceeded all of our expectations, and we are over the moon that we still hit the target as if we were match funded, but that its you, our donors, that have made this happen.

We have briefed our building team on the campaign update and we are absolutely over the moon that your donations will help us to help the children of Nankhono Primary School to all be in a classroom by the end of Spring next year. We will be in touch soon with an updated project report.

Thank you to each and every one of you, who have made this possible! Zikomo Zikomo!

Warmest wishes,

 

Anna Day and The Mlambe Team


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