Education
 Malawi
Project #4898

BeeHive School nurturing future Malawian leaders

by A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

Dear Champions of BeeHive School,

We hope this message finds you well.  Before we start on our update, I'd like to take a moment to express our unwavering gratitude.  Thank you for being part of our community and empowering our bright eyed and wonderful students.  Our work would not be possible without your kindness and generosity.

The new term has started and BeeHive is off to a great start! The school welcomed three new teachers and a lot of new students.

The computer lab is still functioning perfectly, after over a year after being installed. We have changed two power cables, one keyboard, one mouse, and one laptop battery...and that's all! It has survived a hurricane, water damage, and 150 grubby fingers on a daily basis.

The computer curriculum has also been improving, teachers have made excellent progress in their use of the IT lab and delivery of lessons. The students are becoming experts in computer use, and it is having such a positive effect on the curriculum. This term we are going to work on more use of the lab for things like word processing of English compositions, and printing out of resources.

A limited internet connection has been set up at the school. The older grades, standards 5 and 6, have supervised access where they can do research. The teachers have been trained on email and have set up accounts. We are working towards all teachers emailing the headmaster weekly lesson plans and communicating to the headmaster and parents through email.

And in other good new, BeeHive School was re-inspected for the license renewal by the Ministry of Education, and the school passed again, for another three years.

Wishing you all the best,

BeeHive School Empowering Young Girls
BeeHive School Empowering Young Girls
BeeHive Students Focused on Schoolwork
BeeHive Students Focused on Schoolwork
Questions & Ideas Abound As BeeHive Teacher Reads
Questions & Ideas Abound As BeeHive Teacher Reads
The New Classrooms Are Treasured & Celebrated
The New Classrooms Are Treasured & Celebrated
BeeHive Teacher Enthralls Her Students
BeeHive Teacher Enthralls Her Students

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BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 1

BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 1
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 info@beehiveschool.com.
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.
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 2
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 2
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 3
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 3
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 4
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 4

 

As the term runs to an end, BeeHive School can look back on this term very proudly. This term was one of the most intense terms of BeeHive's history. Some wonderful things and one terrible thing happened this term. The term started off on a very high note - the new computer lab opened, teacher training on the computer lab was a success and the lab is a wonderful addition to the school. In October, an enormous storm struck the school, ripped the roof off one of the buildings and damaged a large portion of the school, including the library and computer lab. Since then, wonderful donations of support have started to come in, and the school has started to recover.

The headmaster and staff has worked very hard minimizing the impact of the damaged school on the children. They worked tirlessly to clean up the damage and reopened the school just two days after the storm. The library and computer lab remained closed, but the students were able to attend class. The students do miss the closed library and computer lab but have continued to work hard and learn with the resources they have in their classrooms. They even performed a play last Friday for the end of the term.

Construction has already started to repair and rebuild the damage. This would not have been possible without the kind donations from everyone around the world.

BeeHive School's parents, teachers, students and supporters should be very proud - even after a terrible storm the children are still learning, playing and thriving!

Rebuilding After The Storm
Rebuilding After The Storm
Cleaning Up After The Storm
Cleaning Up After The Storm
The Computer Lab Is Back Up And Running!
The Computer Lab Is Back Up And Running!

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BeeHive student giving donation to patient
BeeHive student giving donation to patient

Standard 5 Class Gives Donations To Hospital Patients

BeeHive Standard 5 students (about 12 yrs old) wanted to give back to the Mzuzu community. They decided to collect donations for patients at the local hospital. The students managed to collect five big boxes of donations. They sorted and organized the items into care packages and then visited the hospital and personally handed them to the patients. The patients really enjoyed having the students visit and were very happy at the kind and thoughtful gesture. The students enjoyed giving back to their community.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. If you have a lot, do something...if you have a little, do something...everyone has some way or something that they can contribute to the community.

Way to go Standard 5!

Standard 5 class with their collected donations
Standard 5 class with their collected donations
In the Mzuzu hospital
In the Mzuzu hospital
Students and hospital staff
Students and hospital staff
Patients were happy to see the students
Patients were happy to see the students
Outside the pediatrics unit
Outside the pediatrics unit
poetry_contest
poetry_contest

In anticipation of the new computer lab coming at the end of the summer, BeeHive School held a poetry contest.

There were some very good entries, good job to all the students!

Congratulations to the first place winner, Lughano, who received a poetry book, and second place winner Chantelle, who received a water bottle.

Here are the winning poems:

Computers

Computers, what wonders of human making computers are
Simplifying peoples’ lives by basically simplifying their work,
Online shopping, online banking and one click onto the internet,
The largest database  on which you can search about anything in this world, all of this in one machine

Computers
Where you have Microsoft Word to write things like a letter,
editing options to make things better,
a place for Mr. Ngwira to form a test,
computers otherwise called a PC, a place to relax and play W.W.E.
computers allow you to make rapid calculations,
a place to keep movies like comedies or animations,
an electronic device both friendly to adults and kids,
where we can check on news feeds,
Ipod, phones, tabs are what people love,
but for me a PC is the best electronic I could have.

by Lughano (Std 6)

 

WHAT COMPUTERS DO

Computers are full of games
They all have different names
Computers are fun
There is one where you draw a sun
You can type stories
John typed one about lorries.

You can go on internet
Buy online at a shop called Jet
I typed a poem about a cat
Who was sleeping on a mat
You can online school
Which is really cool

On Friday when
the sun will rise
I hope I win a prize
If I win
A fish will clap
with its fin,

THANK YOU!

by Chantelle (Std 5)

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Organization Information

A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

Location: Peachtree City, GA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.asapempowers.org
Project Leader:
Eva Markiewicz
Scotts Valley, California United States