Dear GlobalGiving Donors,
The thanks of our entire community goes out to you for your generous support of our project! These contributions have made a real difference and will continue to help well into the future. The main focus during the last few months has been on the school project because of its immediate importance and lasting value to the children of the village; however, we also have continued to develop the two associated projects, rabbit rearing and making sanitary pads, because the funds raised with those efforts will help families to pay school fees and purchase uniforms.
A key development in June was the finalization of the land acquisition from the Catholic Church thus allowing us to begin implementing plans for construction of the school. Plans now have been completed, materials acquired and actual construction has begin on site, with full completion set for the end of September. The school will have four classrooms, to accommodate the various age groups/grade levels, and we also are providing two on site latrines. The new school will permit us to expand the current program, bringing in more children, and also provide employment opportunities for new teachers.
This is an exciting time for the community as we anticipate being able to move from the church where we are currently operating, to the new building with multiple classrooms. And, of course, the school and the educational opportunity now available will be of lasting benefit to the community as many, especially girls and orphans, now for the first time will have a chance to benefit from the education provided.
“This is an amazing opportunity for our children, it opens a road for their future”, said one mother at the group meeting, with many others nodding in agreement.
Rabbit Keeping Project
The rabbit project is continuing, but suffered a setback when we lost several of the rabbits to illness, a problem that has occurred in nearby communities as well. The rabbit rearing group, consisting of some 40 women split into five groups, has pooled resources to ensure the viability of the population. Additionally, we plan to acquire more rabbits so that each group has a sufficient number (at least five per group). Hutches are already in place at each group location.
We have identified markets for the rabbits, so the women are motivated knowing that it will be possible to generate revenue once the rabbits are producing. After equipping the women with skills of rearing the rabbits we are hoping that they can use the same skills to rear their own rabbits and be a source of income. As noted, the revenue from this projct will directly benefit each of the participating families, especially helping them to pay the school fees.
Girls Sanitary Project
A second group of girls has been recruited into the project and are being taught how to make the reusable sanitary towels. The project is of value because many girls miss school every month when they have menses, because they cannot afford to buy the disposable pads. Such absences hurt the academic performance of girls and contribute to higher rates of leaving school early. With affordable reusable pads available this problem can be alleviated. Additionally, the families involved in making and selling the pads will generate a profit helping them economically.
The parents of the school age girls also have expressed an interest in being involved in the project. To achieve this, we have held meeting with the parents to describe the pad making project and to hear from them their ideas for proceeding. Parental involvement will be of great value as the project grows and their active participation will be most helpful.
For all three of our projects, we are grateful for your support- you are changing lives!
With sincere thanks,
School construction 2
Woman caring for rabbits
Sanitary towel project