Providing a classroom for Namibian school Children

by Steven J. Vanze

Dear Donors, The entire community of Mubiza and I would like to thank everyone who has given to this worthy cause. It has been a long, and at times taxing, process, but in the end we have succeeded in getting the new building block at Mubiza built! I congraluate all donors, as it is as much an accomplishment for you as it is for the community. At the start of the 2010 school year, there will be 2 new classrooms for grades 5 and 6. These classrooms will greatly improve the level of education they will receive - a place where they can focus properly, not be distracted by things such as rainstorms or even wandering chickens. In addition, they will have a brand new computer lab which will open their eyes to new horizons. The school staff, the students, and the community at large are very excited for this new era at Mubiza. You as donors have done so much to drastically change the course of education and knowledge in this village, and I cannot express how thankful we all are for your concern, commitment, and patience for the project. Without you, we never have accomplished such a great feat. I thank you all once more. Sincerely, Griffin Vanze

Completion is looming! Once the roofing materials arrive from So
Completion is looming! Once the roofing materials arrive from So

Only a small walkway and painting remain! Congratulations and th
Only a small walkway and painting remain! Congratulations and th

Update: Hello from the Caprivi Strip! After months of waiting for approval, we finally have the go-ahead from the central government in Windhoek! This week we will be contacting the contractors to begin construction as soon as possible. By mid-August, the foundation of the building should be complete. After each period of 30 days, the Education Planner from the regional office in Katima will review progress and pay accordingly – the more work that is completed, the higher the percentage of the total cost that is paid.

It’s about time as well! In this current term, students in Grades 5-7 have been completing collage projects on various topics including “body language” and “essentials versus luxuries.” Once the building is complete, the walls will be ideal places to put up their hard work, reassured that the elements will not tear them down.

However, we want to hear what you as donors think about the progress of the building. Frustrated that it has taken so long? Excited that it is finally starting? Thoughts or perspectives to share about development work? Please give feedback! I always appreciate words of encouragement, as well as constructive criticism that may help me improve my method of motivating progress with the project.

Thanks so much to all who have given and supported this project. The snowball that is our vision is picking up momentum and is starting to be realized. Though it may not seem like it, 90% of the work to complete the whole process has been done. Stay tuned for more updates!

From Mubiza, Griffin Vanze

As you may recall, the project includes building a new classroom facility. The Namibian Government has agreed to build it if we contribute half of the construction costs. We have almost raised enough money to fulfill this commitment. We are so close that we have asked the Namibian Government to start and have pledged the needed funds. The funding request, which lapsed while we raised our half of the construction cost, is in the process of being reapproved by the Namibian Government, so we are anticipating starting construction soon. Griffin has 15 computers ready to go in the computer lab once the construction is complete. We are hoping to be posting pictures of a completed school building within the next 6 months.


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Steven J. Vanze

Location: Chevy Chase, MD - USA
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