We have good news to report! Thanks to your generosity and support we are back on track!
Reconstruction after the hurricane has gone well and we were able to repair much of the damage to the school. Unfortunately, we did not raise sufficient funds to replace the library books, so we will be looking for ways to replenish the school library in the future. If you know of any organizations that specialize in donating books to schools in Africa, please let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library and computer room block are fixed now, and we took the opportunity to extend the roof to cover the central courtyard to create more shade for the kids. We have paid for planks for roofing the hall, but not all have been delivered yet. We have also paid some deposits for the iron sheets for the hall, and the sheets are at the warehouse in Mzuzu but have not been delivered yet, because we are not ready for them. The new construction is strong and sturdy and designed to withstand future events like the hurricane/storm that hit us a few months ago.
In the coming months, we hope to focus on replenishing the library. We dried out the existing books as much as possible and some are still in use, but they are wrinkly and the pages stick together and tear easily. We are exploring getting a shipping container for a large shipment of donated books.
The kindle fires we got for the school alongside the computer lab are a huge success and there is always a rush among the kids to use them. Kids that had not formerly expressed an interest in reading are excitedly reading on the kindle fires.
Thank you all for supporting us and helping this hurricane be a hiccup along our path to create a great school and educational experience for the BeeHive students. You inspire us and fuel us to keep pushing past the obstacles and challenges that present themselves.
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