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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!

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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eLearning training held between 2-3 Nov 2019
eLearning training held between 2-3 Nov 2019

It is with great pleasure that we report the launch of our eLearning Center which was held on the 11th of September 2019. The event was attended by community members of Mbando village, users of the eLearning centre, academics from the University of Glasgow, our International Volunteer from France and members of Abundance team.

Brian Barrett and Kenneth from the University of Glasgow tested a drone at Mbando village, which was very exciting, particularly for the younger members of Mbando community.

Julie Charmetant, our volunteer from France spent a month in Malawi and stayed at Mbando village at Moses Phulusa's house. She also participated in the launch event.

Ruth Mumba, Grace Moyo, Clifford Mkanthama and Andrew Kamvazakazi, our Abundance team members were all present for the launch. Clifford and Andrew stayed with the team from Glasgow and Julie at Moses's house the day before the launch, getting a flavour of Mbando village life. Enjoy some photoes from this event, which YOU all helped set up!

It was a successful event and the laptop which underwent maintenance (total 8) was given to the center and all keepods deployed. Kayetha Banda from ShiftIT provided a three day training, which started a day before the launch. We took advantage of the event to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals which are related to Abundance's work. Enjoy some photoes from this event. 

In the past months, our volunteers have been busy and have successfully translated 10 books for our eLearning center. We are keen on making learning resources relevant to the users.

This weekend (2-3 November 2019), we held another training session focussing on the regular users particularly the youth. We will continue updating you on the progress of this project which YOU all helped set up!

Launch of eLearning center on 11 Sept 2019
Launch of eLearning center on 11 Sept 2019
Drone testing at Mbando village
Drone testing at Mbando village
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Today, we want to honour Volunteerism, which is the spirit that has built Abundance. 

“The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good. ” – Ivan Scheier.

Our Director Ruth Mumba has been passionate about volunteering and giving back to society ever since she was 17 years old. Ruth Mumba was recently interviewed by The Nation newspaper in Malawi, where she opens up about her volunteering journey with Abundance.

Read it here: https://mwnation.com/ruth-mumba-helping-mbando-village-with-health-and-technology/%20Stewart

Our Secretary, Stewart Paul has been volunteering for many years and the journey has given him many positive opportunities. Stewart Paul was interviewed by Chanco TV as part of Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA) network's visit to Mbando. Through the network, he is going to the University of Glasgow to pursue his Masters degree. He talks about the connection between Abundance and the SFA network and how Mbando village is looking at issues of integrated development. The TV documentary is in Chichewa, but has subtitles in English. 

View it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCiFDp_rDBw&t=172s&fbclid=IwAR0H3HbsxBJJq99NgoLsghWe2YSDvN9RAZteqIU2SgH1VE2sw5S62je7JFA

Entire team members at Abundance work voluntarily. We believe in giving back. Both media articles above give information related to the eLearning Centre, which YOU helped build at Mbando village. 

We will be receiving the remaining funds from GlobalGiving by 25th August and hope to have an event including training session at the eLearning Centre in early September. We have timed this in such a manner that Julie Charmetant, a volunteer from France can join in the event. We salute Julie's spirit of volunteerism, where she is travelling alone for the first time, travelling to Africa for the first time and also volunteering at an organization like ours for the first time!

We will be updating you with all the news in the coming weeks. Please continue your support as we bring the eLearning Centre to completion and full usage capacity. 

Lots of love, and may Volunteerism thrive!

Deepa Pullanikkatil (Co-Founder, Abundance)

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Here is a quick update for you regarding our eLearning Centre. 

Bonus Day

Global Giving was giving us an opportunity to campaign for fundraising, with the chance of getting our funds matched on 18 July 2019. We decided to participate in this Bonus day as we wanted to carry on fundraising to reach our final target of $10,000.

On Bonus Day, we got a generous donation from Vivartana Ventures, who shared part of their income from holding a "Crank-out" in Doha, Qatar. The "Crank-out" is a one day workshop using a unique transformational learning model for ideas and business models to develop start-ups. Vivartana was created by our Co-Founder Cyril Anand and those part of Vivartana have been Abundance's loyal supporters over the years. On Bonus day, we also received two more donations from supporters of Abundance in the UK and Singapore. Donations were matched by Global giving with us receiving $500 in matching funding. 

Thanks to all your support, we have raised $7,801 of our target of $10,000. As you know, all equipment have been purchased for the eLearning centre, including solar panels and power system, five laptops,150 keepods and refurbishment of eLearning centre room was done and it was furnished with tables, shelf, mural of donors and stools.  In addition, we had received the Rachel device and three laptops (making a total of 8 laptops now) as a donation. Three training sessions were held so far. The additional funds raised on Bonus Day will help us deploy all keepods, continue the training and allow for maintenance of equipment in future. 

Translation of learning resources

Users at the eLearning Centre had requested us to translate the learning resources into Chichewa. We put that request out as a facebook post, calling for volunteers and within minutes we had eight volunteers. We then formed an email group with the technical advisors Shift IT and the University of Massachusetts and introduced the Kolibri content to the volunteers. To start off, the volunteers are now busy translating eight children's books into Chichewa and hope to continue translations of more books and resources. The translated versions will be uploaded on to the server and at our future training sessions, they will be shared with users. We want to thank our translation volunteers and particularly, the University of Massachusetts and Shift IT for supporting us with technical knowledge on this.  

We promise to continue updating you on progress with the eLearning Centre YOU helped build at Mbando village. 

With gratitude

Deepa Pullanikkatil on behalf of The Abundance Team.

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As promised, we are happy to share the documentary (22min) produced by Chanco TV about our eLearning Centre. A number of people were interviewed in this documentary including

  • Carl Meyer, our technology advisor who introduced us to Rachel and Keepod technologies
  • Hamela, the Headteacher of Chilimba Secondary School where the eLearning Centre is hosted
  • Four users of the eLearning Centre who explained how the learning resources were helping them. 

Here's the link to: ChancoTV Documentary on eLearning Centre

At the risk of appearing immodest, I want to share a draft video of my trip to Malawi, which was produced by Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA). It is a short 4.5min video (and has not been published by SFA yet, as it will be edited further). Some of you may know, Abundance is a founding member of SFA network an interdisciplinary international network with members in UK, Nigeria, Uganda, Botswana and Malawi. The reason I'm sharing this video is that it has a small snippet of our visit to Mbando village. Also, I thought you will enjoy the views in the video of the landscape of Malawi, dancing and singing of women from Mbando village, the background music of Jaco Jana and most importantly, some images inside our eLearning Centre including the shot of the mural with all donors names on it. 

Here's the link: SFA Short video featuring visit to Mbando village

Happy viewing! 

Donate to help us continue our work:

With your generous donations, we were able to set up this eLearning Centre at Mbando village. However, it is one thing to set up the centre, another to ensure its sustainability and making sure it continues to help users in future. We need more funds for holding regular training at the centre and for maintenance (for example replacement of battery every two years etc.). We estimate that we need $3,450 more to carry on our work comfortably and keep a fund in the bank for maintenance activities for the future. 

Please share our Global Giving fundraiser widely https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rural-offgrid-it-center-for-malawian-youth/

If you can spare any funds and donate, they are most welcome! Every penny counts.

Thanks in advance!

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Location: Machinga - Malawi
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Ruth Mumba
Machinga, Malawi
$8,044 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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