Build an eLearning Center in rural Malawi!

by Abundance
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!
Youth who became a welder
Youth who became a welder

Dear Supporters,

We are so grateful for your support for this project and can't thank you enough for making this dream a reality. We began this fundraiser in June 2018 and have surpassed our target of $10,000 this month! With your donations, we have been able to purchase solar panels, furniture, 8 laptops, 150 keepods and set up the eLearning center at Chilimba Secondary School at Mbando village, an offline, offgrid community.

Here are some pictures of the recent training done at the eLearning center. As you can see the youth are showing great interest in gaining knowledge from the electronic learning resources.

Moses Phulusa, our Community Coordinator recently shared a picture of a youth, who he said was inspired to become a welder from reading about the profession and watching some videos at the eLearning center. He is now an apprentice with a local welder. See his photo next to the metal window that he assembled.

Moses's Whatsapp message when he shared the photo: "A youth after  seeking information from e learning has a keen interest  welding and fabrication and has joined the welder at Mbando"

Some women learnt how to make soap through the eLearning center. Students of both primary and secondary school study at the eLearning center from local text books which have been uploaded on our server. We have also translated (through volunteers) many books from English to Chichewa and uploaded on the server. These educational materials mean a lot to the community. 

Your donations made this possible. As we have achieved our objectives of setting up the center and have surpassed our fundraising target, the Board of Abundance has decided to conclude this fundraiser. You can continue getting updates on our projects through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABUNDANCEWORLDWIDE

Please remember that you are part of our Abundance family. Let us continue spreading abundance where there is lack. Wishing you an amazing 2021 and thank you once again for leaving this legacy at Mbando village!

Recent training at eLearning center
Recent training at eLearning center
Recent training at eLearning center
Recent training at eLearning center
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Students sport the masks provided by Abundance
Students sport the masks provided by Abundance

Hope you are all keeping well? After some rises in COVID-19 cases, Malawi's number of cases have been declining, which is great! Lets hope it continues this way. We have slowly started our work and allowed field trips recently, after many months of working remotely. 

Quick updates from our side on the eLearning center:

1. On 17 September, Ruth Mumba and Grace Moyo went to Chilimba Secondary School which hosts our eLearning center and distributed 300 masks for learners. In addition, they distributed 200 masks at the primary school too. This is with kind donation from Road to Relief facilitated by Augustine Mumba, our supporter. Enjoy two pictures - one of handing over of makss to Hamela, the Headtecaher of Chilimba Secondary School and the other of learners sporting the new masks distributed. The masks are made from cloth and reusable. 

2. Schools opened recently and further to that, we have tasked Moses Phulusa to hold a meeting of the eLearning committee to select a date for a training session at our eLearning center. The trainer is ready to provide his services during the weekend, as he works as an educator during the week. Once we hear back from the commitee, we will swiftly arrange a training session.

Very many thanks for your continued support and we will continue updating you with the progress made. Do follow our facebook page "Abundance Worldwide" where we provide more regular updates. 

Ruth hands over masks to Hamela, the Headteacher
Ruth hands over masks to Hamela, the Headteacher
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Francis, our trainer for the eLearning Center
Francis, our trainer for the eLearning Center

Dear Supporters,

Hope you are all well and safe during this time. It is not easy to lead an organization during these difficult times of COVID-19. We had slowed down our field activities particularly the trainings at eLearning center. 

Perhaps you may have followed on the news that Malawi did not carryout a lockdown and there are 620 confirmed cases and 8 deaths in the country, with 91 recovered cases as of today. At Mbando village, there was one confirmed case of  COVID of a young man who returned from South Africa. He was quarantined at home for two weeks and is now fine. The District Health Office visited Mbando village to brief the community about taking precautions. Another sad news was the demise of the wife of our late Chief Mbando. We pray for strength for the Chief's family, who are now left with three daughters and five sons; two of the sons are in South Africa, while the rest are in Malawi. 

These are difficult times, however, we have realised that it is now time to continue our projects with precautions, as we navigate this new way of working under COVID-19.We had been in discussions with our technology partner ShiftIT and as advised by them, we hope to restart trainings at the eLearning center soon with safe distancing. Carl of ShiftIT suggests training the teachers of the secondary and primary schools, so that they can carry out the trainings to the children, rather than having an external trainer going to the village regularly. This could be a good option to reduce travelling by outsiders to the village and also sustainable in the long run. 

ShiftIT has identified a trainer -Francis (photo attached), who works as a Physics and Computer Studies teacher under the Ministry of Education. He is currently stationed at St.Michael's Girls Secondary School in Mangochi. We are in discussions with the eLearning commitee to plan a date for Francis to come to Mbando village and train the teachers. Schools are likely to open next week, so this is an opportune time to start trainings. We will use part of the elearning budget to buy soap for handwashing during the trainings. Wish us well as we try to continue our work in the times of COVID-19, and as always very many thanks for supporting us. 

Stay safe! Stay well!

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Hope you are all safe at this time of global pandemic. Last week Government of Malawi declared a state of emergency, which means all schools are closed, travel is restricted and all large gatherings of over 100 people are banned. Although thankfully, Malawi does not have any confirmed case of COVID-19, precautions are advised including social distancing and washing of hands.

In line with this and as advised by our technology partner ShiftIT, we have suspended eLearning centre training and so users can only access the RACHEL server at their centre offline and with their own personal device and not share and touch shared devices. As a result, trainers who would have to travel from Blantyre to get to Mbando village will not be coming to provide training until the situation improves. We are trying to avoid all unnecessary travels which may put Mbando village at risk through contacts with persons from outside the village. 

Thank you for your continued support and let us hope the situation improves and we can restart training soon. Keep well and most importantly, wash your hands regularly. Sending lots of good wishes your way. 

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2020 started off on a positive note for Abundance and we are excited for the future!

The eLearning project campaign on GlobalGiving raised $2,045 in 2019, of which $514 was raised by the GlobalGiving team through bonus prizes, matching money, corporate partnerships, gift card redemptions, and/or marketing efforts. Eight donors donated during this year, one of them very generously giving Euros171 close to new year's eve! We have been awarded "Top Ranked organization", "Vetted organization", "Effective organization" and also voted by staff of GlobalGiving to be "Staff favourite organization". We are mighty pleased with all this. 

Learning at the centre continues with regular training sessions and much interest at the village. A young boy from Mbando village, Keishas Chilumba, was unanimously chosen as "eLearning Champion" by users of the eLearning center. Keishas is a regular user and assists others at the center to learn and even does troubleshooting on the laptops. 

Just two days ago, the founder of "Mentors without Borders" got in touch with us after seeing our project featured on GlobalGiving and expressed interest to partner with us to provide free mentorship to Malawians in computer programming, goal setting and visualization exercises. We are grateful to GlobalGiving for this exposure. 

Our hard-working team led by Ruth Mumba and Grace Moyo continue to support Mbando village and are in constant touch with all other members of Abundance. Some of us hope to meet in March/April 2020, where we are expecting some visitors from the University of Glasgow and the Sustainable Futures in Africa network to visit Mbando village. We will be sure to show them the mural at the eLearning centre with your names. Many thanks to our regular donors and new donors, every penny sent is utilised for the centre and helping young people learn. 

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Location: Machinga - Malawi
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Project Leader:
Ruth Mumba
Machinga, Malawi

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