The start of the new year was busy. Steps for the two-story Water Tower are complete. Construction begins on the St. Peter’s Assembly Hall and our first grant is received from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) for the future development of the first Greenhouse on Campus
A pumping system and pumping station house are installed. Perimeter fencing is constructed around the perimeter of the campus to provide additional security for the students, staff and facilities. Construction begins on the first Teacher’s house on campus. Having a teacher live on campus provided community for the girls, all of whom are without family while attending school. Presently, a Housemother lives in the Hostel with the girls. The school hires a Nurse to visit to provide health talks and treatments. A tree-planting program, landscaping and an abundant outdoor Community garden is producing a greener landscape. This is in stark contrast to the barren lands of Malawi. Survival and hunger have stripped the trees and foliage in search for firewood. The first harvest of tomatoes and greens happened in the Community garden tended by the students.
The first marketing campaign for the school is launched. The “Soul Lifting” Gift Catalogue goes out for the Christmas Season, encouraging the support for gifts that will significantly impact the school. Starvation in the communities surrounding the school is significant as they await the harvest from the fields. Our partners in Malawi and the school provide bags of flour to the communities, providing the bridge to sustain them until the harvest. The compassion shown by our students and staff significantly impacts the communities surrounding Kuwala.