Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!

by Abundance Vetted since 2018 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!
Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!

In 2018, we raised $6,585 on GlobalGiving, this was due to your generous donations. $740 of this was driven by the GlobalGiving team through bonus prizes, matching money, corporate partnerships, gift card redemptions, and marketing efforts. We had a total of 68 donors from around the world. Your love and support as donors are what helps us continue our work. 

We started off 2019 fresh and enthusiastic, and was thrilled to hear from Global Giving that Abundance was given three recognitions: "Top Ranked Organization", "Vetted Organization" and "Effective Organization". These awards were based on ranking from our donors/supporters, our participation in the Global Giving campaign, sending reports on time and undertaking learning sessions online to become a more effective organization. 

The update regarding the eLearning center is as follows: 

1.  We have set up solar power at the eLearning Center

2. We supplied furniture to the eLearning center

3. We supplied the Rachel device to the Center 

4. We deployed 50 keepods to users and 100 more to be deployed this year. (We had initially promised 45 keepods, but thanks to the discounted rate, we were able to get 150 keepods)

5. We supplied three laptops to the center, two more to be supplied. The procurement for two laptops is planned for this coming week.

6. We undertok three training sessions with the users of the center in the village by a qualified trainer. Many more regular training sessions are planned for 2019.

7. We are planning maintenance of the solar equipment- These coming week engineers from Power-Aid, our solar power supplier would be undertaking maintenance of the solar power system. 

We will keep you posted of all the developments at the center through such reports and our facebook page. 

Hope you all heard the radio interview by Ruth and Brett about this project? It is on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5ZqPKKm9YE&t=2s

Thank you for your support and we hope your 2019 will be amazing. 

Warm regards, 

Deepa

Solar power installed at eLearning Center
Solar power installed at eLearning Center

Last weekend was an exciting one for Abundance, we got a lot done!

We are happy to report that over the weekend, solar power was installed, keepods distributed, Rachel device uploaded with requested learning materials and laptops were provided to the eLearning Center at Mbando village. 

If you remember in September this year, we introduced the Rachel and Keepod technologies to the Mbando village. At that session, the community had made a long list of learning materials. It ranged from technologies such as soapmaking, to school textbooks to leadership trainings etc. We are happy to report that most of these resources have been downloaded on to the Rachel server and the village can now access it. Thanks to University of Massachusetts's World Library, which freely provided these resources. 

Then, a little miracle happened, which helped us to scale up our impacts threefold at no extra cost!

We had initially planned to procure 50 keepods to provide to 50 users in the village. This was based on a budget of the "retail" price of keepods in Malawi. We were fortunate that ShiftIT's Carl Meyer, who is our technology advisor knew the Keepod founders in USA. Carl connected us to them and they offered us a discount for non-profit organizations. So we were able to procure 150 keepods directly from Keepod USA. So now, 150 people can access the eLearning Center instead of 50! 

We bought three keepod ready laptops and gave it to the eLearning Center this weekend. The laptops provided are working perfectly well with the solar power at the center. 

We want to buy a few more laptops in the months to come. If you have old laptops you want to get rid of please get in touch with us. It will be put to good use at the center, especially as more users will be accessing the center than originally planned.

During the weekend, Abundance also held a two-day training session. SourceIT sent an accredited trainer to Mbando village to train the users. Enjoy the photos of these activities and please click on the short 2 min video at the end of this message!

Thanks once again for being part of this exciting project. Please do know that all this was possible due to your generosity! 

Training at eLearning Center
Training at eLearning Center
Soap making was a learning resource requested
Soap making was a learning resource requested
The group that attended training @eLearning Centre
The group that attended training @eLearning Centre

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Workshop to introduce Rachel and Keepod technology
Workshop to introduce Rachel and Keepod technology

"We welcome technologies such as eLearning for rural communities, and are excited that this will enhance education", said MacDonald Kuse, Division head of Eastern Region, Ministry of Education, Malawi, when the Abundance team members met him on 21st August 2018. The team explained to Kuse at his office about Rachel and Keepod technologies and its potential to provide learning resources to communities which are cut off from the grid and have no wifi access. 

The team went on to hold a workshop on the 24th of August at Chilimba Secondary School, the location of the eLearning Center in Mbando village. It was a well-attended session, with the Chief of the village in attendance, mother's groups, youth groups, teachers and village committee members attending too. ShiftIT's trainer explained about the technologies to community members and Abundance team collected additional information requests from the participants. It was exciting for the community to access learning resources through laptops and smartphones. Many of them were seeing this for the first time and their excitement was evident on their faces as they clicked a button and a video started playing, or they scrolled down the long list of electronic books, and showed keen interest to learn through this center. 

The Abundance team asked the what additional learning resources rthey would like in addition to the 500GB of materials preloaded on to Rachel.  The participants made a list that ranged from "Leadership skills", to Malawian textbooks to DIY videos on making soap to "Climate Change"! The Rachel device has been sent to ShiftIT to upload these additional materials. 

The Abundance team had a fun-filled day on the 2nd of September gathering together volunteers and members to paint the room where the eLearning center will be hosted. We realised, painting walls can be a good team-building exercise! Furniture for the center was also donated on that day. A painting of the Abundance logo (tree of life) was done by a local artist and the names of all those who donated were painted on the logo. This painting, framed with bamboo is now proudly displayed at the eLearning Center room. A testimony that ordinary people can come together to do extraordinary things!

Abundance is now busy with procuring solar panels, keepods and laptops and will keep you posted as we go along this wonderful journey to bring the internet to remote rural Mbando village!

Meeting with Division Head Ministry of Education
Meeting with Division Head Ministry of Education
Information needs for eLearning Center
Information needs for eLearning Center
Donating furniture & gearing up to paint the room
Donating furniture & gearing up to paint the room
Painting the room for eLearning Center
Painting the room for eLearning Center
Finally, eLearning center room prepared!
Finally, eLearning center room prepared!
Donations analytics
Donations analytics

Eighteen days ago, Abundance embarked on a fundraiser for establishing an eLearning Center at Mbando Village, a remote rural place in Malawi. Little did we know that our very first crowdfunding campaign would be such a huge success with support flooding in from across the world! Thank you for believing in our vision, thank you for making it your vision too! Today, we received a total of $5,438 from 66 donations, from donors in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada, Qatar, South Africa, India, Philippines, Spain, Malawi, Swaziland and more.

During the 18 days, page views to our website and facebook page soared and donations came via various ways as indicated in the donations analytics. What we learned from this fundraiser is that there are many people who care about others. There are many good-hearted people around the world who would sacrifice and give for a worthy cause. We also learned that it really is a small world we live in and it’s amazing how we are all connected so easily. Even though Abundance team members are scattered in different parts of the world, we can jointly make efforts that work. An example is our fundraising video which you can view on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSYKweI_UZU&feature=youtu.be

We also learned from this fundraiser that no matter where we are we can all come together in a shared vision, the vision of improving lives of those less fortunate. We can all do our bit. And, they all count!

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuk Satoro

You helped us raise a total of $5,513! Donations came from United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, Qatar, UAE, Singapore, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland and many more. We had a total of 67 donations!

Having raised funds and surpassed the target, we want to go ahead full steam with implementing the project! We are in the process of finalising suppliers for solar panels, sourcing keepods, keepod-ready laptops and making furniture using a local carpenter. We will be updating you every major step along the way. Updates will also be posted on our website, facebook page and shared through twitter. You, as donors are our valuable partners in this project. Please be assured that every penny you donated will only be used for the project of the eLearning center. For any further information do not hesitate to contact us at abundance.future@gmail.com or d.pullanikkatil@gmail.com

 

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Location: Machinga - Malawi
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Project Leader:
Ruth Mumba
Machinga, Malawi
$6,550 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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