at Twabuka School
4th July 2008 ~ A message from
Yesterday we visited Twabuka school, taking with us four
clients who were on tour with us, all of whom had been teachers.
The children were initially very quiet but soon became excited
- first of all they had their photographs taken, then they
were helped with their mathematics work, before joining in
a variety of action songs: “If you’re Happy and
you know it clap your hands”, “One finger, one
thumb keep moving”, “10 green Bottles” “Incey
Wincey Spider’ and “In a Cottage in a Wood”.
By the time the visit finished they were all very animated
but Lawrence and Romance, the teachers, soon restored the
usual level of calm and good behaviour before they all lined
up for their lunch.
Since the kitchen has been running and food aid has allowed
all the children to have a hot meal every day, the health
of the children has improved considerably and this lunchtime
meal is also a good incentive to attend school.
Help in an existing classroom
Helping to serve lunch.
The building work was progressing well and whilst we were
there the last tin sheet was put in place on the roof, the
ridges should also be in place before the end of the week.
As well as finishing the roof the builders are concentrating
on plastering the inside of the classrooms, next week the
floor screed will be put down and this will mean that the
interior will be complete for the students from Cooper’s
School to paint and decorate when they arrive on 23rd July.
The main work remaining will then be plastering the outside
of the building, fitting the glass and making and fitting
the security gates.
The chickens are also making good progress and 99 of them
have become healthy, almost full grown hens thanks to the
care of Brian and Geoff. They are due to start laying in two
months so nesting boxes will soon be installed in preparation
for this. Unfortunately we had a break in at the chicken house
store and an expensive tilly lamp was stolen, so now we have
had to install security gates.
The new building. Fitting the last
Plastering inside the new classroom.
The Chicken House.
Quite a number of items have been donated recently by our
guests including a selection of hard and soft balls, Frisbees,
colouring pencils and books. We are also trying to gather
together enough sweat shirts for all the children to have
one, as the mornings are cold at present. A further initiative
is to try and give a toothbrush to all children. Many thanks
to our guests who have donated towards these initiatives so
far and thanks to the Cooper’s group who will help to
push this a stage further.
The next stage of eye operations has also been out in progress.
Lillian Mweemba took a further five to Zimba eye hospital
for their first assessment and they will return in August
for their operations.
We are delighted to report the additional classrooms were
completed on time, with the official handover ceremony taking
place on Friday 1st August 2008.
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