Funds have already been transferred and construction is already in progress for this third and final phase of the initial building of Emmanuel Secondary School. A lab and two teacher homes are being constructed. The teacher homes will assist with greater security and more immediate responsiveness to school matters. It also shows the community that we are serious about education. This could not have occurred without the generosity of the Antioch Foundation. We sincerely thank you. I will be going to Malawi in March and I will be posting pictures and video on the construction, both past and present. As we say in Malawi, zikomo kwambiri.
Just a little bit of really good news….The Minister of Education has signed the paperwork officially recognizing Emmanuel Secondary School as a certified school. Secondly, we are now an official examination site, again, recognized by the Ministry of Education. Director Patrick Magombo has worked tirelessly to make this happen.
The computers are almost at their destination. Patrick and I will be communicating in the interim to make things ready and to insure that everything is up and running by the time I arrive in Malawi in March. Again, this is all completely due to the generosity of the Wyn and Carol Laidig Foundation. What a blessing.
As of last week we were at 176 students and counting. We have also received multiple requests to receive boarders. Patrick has made some temporary shelters to accommodate the boarders.
To date Emmanuel Secondary School has approximately 158 students and counting. Donations that have been received have gone toward the purchase of new supplies. The Antioch Foundation grant for 2013 is become more and more of a necessity, and a gift warmly received with two open hands, as the needs of the school have far exceeded our initial conservative estimations.
Please follow the link for photos from Dr. Richard and Frank Kemme and their visit to Emmauel Secondary School.
Rev. Patrick Magombo sent the following picture showing that the exterior of the new school library is completed. The inside is yet to be finished, including book shelves, desks and more. It is our hope to place a few computers in the library to help with research and reading. Once again, the funds for this project come from the Antioch Foundation. We are most grateful for their generosity.
The building is going swiftly. The building shown in this picture will eventually become the administration offices of the school which would also include staff rooms etc. This is all possible because of the generous grant given to us by the Antioch Foundation. The latrines for the students have also been completed (but are not pictured!). Rev. Magombo has planted 200 indigenous trees on the campus to provide shade and an example to the students who will be coming to campus in September.
Rev. Patrick Magombo had a recent meeting with ISAMA (Independent School Association of Malawi) school directors and a presentation was given by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on curriculum and much more. He is working hard on getting the facilities completed in a timely fashion so that the hiring of teaching and administration staff can begin as preparations are made for next school year. Thanks be to God for his gracious blessings.
PS – Disregard the date at the bottom of the photo. I sent Rev. Magombo a new camera and he is still trying to figure our the date,time thing!
Director of Emmanuel Schools, Rev. Patrick Magombo of the Lutheran Church of Central Africa, sent this photo of the completed classroom blocks (they have been completed since the photo was taken!). We rejoice that there is progress and we are praying that it will continue as we prepare the school to open in September of 2012. Thanks be to God!
Patrick Magombo e-mailed a few pictures and informed me that they are going to be putting on the roof soon. Meanwhile, they are working on the second class block that will contain the headmaster’s office. They have the materials but are going slow because they want the work done well. They will be coming back later to the first class block to complete the flooring and the grouting between the bricks. Thanks be to God that it is going so well! CLICK HERE to see a photo of the progress.
“First block of classrooms will be completed by the end of the week, ” says Patrick Magombo, Director of Emmanuel Private Secondary School.