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Date: 3 July 2016
In June, the sisters who look after the children received 20 litres of cooking oil and 200 kg of beans provided by our donors.
Date: 12 June 2016
A delegation from the British town of Norwich, the Norwich Dedza Partnership, visited Mua in May 2016, they were shown around the school by Deputy Head Jailosi Gama and the IT teacher Maurice Manda. They met some of the students and one of the deaf members of staff. Everyone at the school was very hospitable and welcoming! The delegation were shown the computer room and they discussed the school’s computer needs. They looked at the hearing assessment equipment the school has and gave a demonstration of a hearing test program on a laptop. The delegation donated some books for the library and a number of computer programs plus a modern lightweight laptop with the test program installed on it so that hearing assessments can be made in the school and in the community.
We the Friends of Mua would like to add our thanks to Norwich Dedza Partnership for their visit and practical support for the school. You the reader can help too by making a small donation –go to our “contact us” page to see how.
More about the Norwich Dedza Partnership: http://www.norwich-dedza.org/
Date: 26 March 2016BK Eesti Ltd has made another donation which was used to buy 20 bags of maize for the children of Mua Deaf School - see photos below.
Date: 6 March 2016
In August 2015, Skyband made a commitment to donate a free Internet connection to Mua School for the Deaf – and now it’s finally happened. They’ve been working with Source IT Solutions, Keepod, W Cary Edwards Foundation, Outernet and Capital FM to ensure the installation was a success.
Maurice Manda, the school’s IT teacher, was taught how to install an Outernet Lighthouse device to enable a one-way data stream to the school from space. This installation is connected to the school computer lab where it’s now accessible on all computers.
The equipment needed for the connection was donated by Skyband and Source IT. In addition, Source IT, Keepod and W Cary Edwards Foundation have donated one Keepod device to all learners and teachers at the school. This means they now each have their own personal, private devices.
Two Keepod ready laptops have also been donated to enable a student ratio of 25 learners to one laptop. The good news is that Keepod is also compatible with all their other recently donated computers. Capital FM and STEKA donated the laptop bags.
Learners and teachers are now able to access and learn from the content being sent over the Outernet broadcast. As a certified Outernet installer, Maurice Manda will help connect another deaf school in Badawe, central lakeshore region.
Mua School for Deaf Children is now a certified Keepod Point. This will allow them to offer the local community access to the internet for a small fee.
Follow @Muadeafschool on twitter as their internet connection goes live.
For more information see: http://www.keepod.com/projectsblog/malawieducation
Date: 16 November 2015After a break of several years, Mua Deaf School is once again able to teach practical carpentry skills to students, thanks to financial support from the Southern Hills Church of Christ in Buda, Texas. A team from the Church visited Mua in September, when their proposal was welcomed by headmaster Mr George Nanthiko. The carpentry teacher Mr Collins Mbewe arrived to take up his duties in November 2015. Collins is himself a former student of Mua Deaf School - which will enable him to serve as deaf mentor and role model for the deaf boys.
Although teachers’ salaries at the school are government-funded, there is no direct provision for assistant teachers, whose salaries have previously been found in haphazard fashion from the general overheads budget. For over a year the Southern Hills Church of Christ has been funding the salary of another assistant teacher, Ms Chrissy Siwinda who teaches needlecraft to the girls and is herself deaf. Thanks to this generous support, the school is now able to offer good practical skills to all students in addition to basic education.
The Church of Christ team were also able to fund and arrange delivery of additional maize to the school, which together with previous donations means that the basic food needs of the school will be met until the end of the second term (to March 2016). More support is still needed to guarantee food supplies to the end of the school year so your donation will be welcomed – just follow the donate link.
If you would like to read about the Church of Christ team’s visit to Malawi, their blog is here. This was the team's third visit to Malawi and to Mua School, having visited previously in 2011 and 2013.
Woodworking classroom at Mua showing the previous carpentry teacher (photo taken in 2012)
Date: 10 November 2015
Last winter two of the student hostels at Mua were rebuilt by the Brothers FIC, the Catholic brothers who established Mua Deaf School in 1984. The Dutch Stichting Dovenzorg Malawi (Care Foundation for the Deaf, Malawi) has now furnished them and provided extra furniture for the school as well. In addition to helping Mua Deaf School, the Dutch Care Foundation are involved in supporting infrastructure projects at Mary View Deaf School near Blantyre in the south of Malawi. http://www.dovenzorgmalawi.nl/ (website in Dutch)
Mua Deaf School took part in the Zwakala Africa 2015 Gala Event, an annual performing arts competition for schoolchildren within the Deaf community. Altogether 88 children from 11 countries performed on stage at the John Kani Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa on 27 February 2015. Mua Deaf School represented Malawi and won the first place in Individual Musical Performance category and came second in the Individual Talent category.
Date: 30 March 2015
Date: 2 March 2015
A very big thank you to those of you who supported our 2014 appeal to pay the electricity bill to keep the water pumping. We raised enough money for electricity to be reconnected to the school, so the whole school has water and the children have electric light after sunset, which is important for them because in their dormitories they rely on the light to see each other’s hands to sign and communicate. A little help goes a long way in Malawi.
Date: 28 October 2014
For the past four months, Mua Deaf School has received no funds from the Malawian Government. As a result their financial resources have dwindled. And for the last two months they have been unable to pay their electricity bill. As a result, the water pump many of you helped to buy in 2013 cannot run, leaving the whole school without water.
No toilets or showers
The children cannot use the toilets, have a shower or wash their hands. Instead they have to physically draw water from the local borehole. However, as this is a communal resource there are often long queues, making this chore even more time consuming. Often, the students are late for class.
When night falls the school is left in total darkness. For deaf children this is even more distressing – because they rely on the light to see each other’s hands to sign and communicate.
Please give as much as you can
We need to raise at least 500,000 MWK, which will not pay the entire bill for the school (it is about half of the current debt) but should be enough to persuade Escom to reconnect the supply. That sounds like a lot – but it’s just: €860 or US $1,090 or £675 sterling or Australian $1,230. So please give generously. Every penny you donate will be sent directly to Malawi to be used for the benefit of the deaf pupils.
For four months, Mua Deaf School received no funds from the Malawian Government. As a result their financial resources dwindled and for two months they were unable to pay their electricity bill. As a result, the water pump many of you helped to buy in 2013 could not run, leaving the whole school without water.