For a donation of $100, we will buy two she-goats ($60) and pay one year of school fees ($30). No need to buy male goats; they are running wild. We will also pay a Monitor monthly, who will check on all goats, school fees, and keep records. She will have a phone and transmit records to us so we can track the program. We will buy her a bike so she can check on each family monthly. CLICK HERE to learn more and donate.
MONDE PRIMARY SCHOOL
MONDE PRIMARY SCHOOL, located in a poor village, has been the main focus of our efforts since 2007. Every school day we feed 350 students and 10 teachers a nutritious lunch of maize meal, sugar beans, soy chunks, and cabbage. Before our feeding program started, children were fainting from hunger and many did not have the strength to walk to school. Now attendance has improved and the students are full of energy and ready to learn.
SUPPORTING WIDOWS is a brand-new program. We provide 10-12 widows with staple foods several times throughout the year at a cost of $120 per widow.
In 2013 we helped provide funds for cement and sand and teachers made bricks and built a building for the smaller children, who previously could not attend school during the rainy season. The Monde community came together to put the roof on the building, funded by the United Methodist Thrift Shop in Durango.
Thanks to a ROTARY GRANT OF $15,000 from District D-5470, matching funds of High Noon Rotary, Daybreak Rotary, and Grand Junction Rotary, we are able to provide new desks and chairs for all classrooms, from Early Childhood to Grade 7. Previously children were squeezed around deteriorating desks and some had to sit on the floor.
Sometimes we Americans arrive and have a big party, complete with S’mores and water balloons! It is wonderful to see the kids have the rare experience of eating as much as they want, and have treats such as chicken, rice, salad, and cookies. Ski caps from America were distributed to each small child.
MONDE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Fresh paint improved the learning atmosphere, applied with the help of Steffie Wilson of Durango, Colorado.
Steffie spent several weeks volunteering at Monde School and, seeing the lack of school supplies, started a gofundme account for this purpose.
CLICK HERE to support her!
Educational TV comes to Monde School! Thanks to solar batteries producing electricity and a large-screen TV, the students will enjoy a new way of learning, with Sesame Street, Planet Earth, Khan Academy, etc. Thanks to a wonderful young lady’s Bat Mitzvah project, WiFi will soon be available. Here a honeymooning couple are delivering lots of DVD’s to get the project launched.
The Sewing Center is already a successful enterprise, thanks to the many creative products. Our goal is always independence and sustainability.
Tecla’s amazing garden, started with out-of-date seeds donated by a California seed company.
Long-standing financial troubles and drought in Zimbabwe have pushed millions to the brink of starvation. We have stocked up on maize meal in addition to serving 500 school lunches daily.
When the Duke family visited in July they were entertained with native dancing by the Monde students.
FEEDING THE WIDOWS
We gave the widowers and widows extra food in anticipation of food shortages. They also enjoyed a hearty lunch and dancing.
NOTEBOOKS & PENCILS
For the first time, every student at Monde School has a notebook and a pencil or pen.
DAYS FOR GIRLS KITS DISTRIBUTED
Days for Girls, sewed by Durango ladies, menstrual kits were distributed. We also brought patterns and fabric so our Sewing Widows can also help keep girls in school.
YOUNG CHILDREN PLAYING
A slide, swings and a teeter totter are making the early childhood classes very happy. Thank you to our donors for making this possible.
GOAT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
We now have 54 goats in our Goat Scholarship Program. We pay a Goat Monitor to provide support weekly.
UNIFORMS MADE LOCALLY
A new enterprise, off to an amazing start! Our Sewing Center is making uniforms for schools, lodges, etc. We have hired a tailor to teach these skills. Our focus is independence and sustainability.
CAPS FOR KIDS
Most of the kids at Monde School have caps which we have provided. It does get chilly in Victoria Falls and the caps are a big hit.
The next generation visited all the projects of Make All Children Smile and, of course, visit breathtaking Victoria Falls.