It was fun to be part of this connecting experience and watch kindergartners-fifth graders' (and adults) fascination at work. The Dwankhozi partnership brings our school together and connects us to new friends and the way of life of those halfway around the globe.
In rural southern Africa, subsistence farmers experience a Hungry Season (January-March) when their stored food grown is depleted as they wait for the rainy season to end and the March harvest to be ready. That means their children are coming to school hungry, which makes learning very difficult for them. The school day has to be shortened during this period as the students have no energy to learn. About half of the students don't make it to school as their focus is on finding food.
They told us that some women in the Dwankhozi Primary School community are willing to make the students a school lunch during this Hungry Season. They just need us to help buy some maize. Then they invited us to participate in a Raise for Maize Campaign that will start on Monday. They encouraged students to ask friends and family if they could do chores, or service projects, for a Raise for Maize donation. They suggested things like raking leaves or cleaning extra parts of the house or caring for a pet.
Dwankhozi is a community of people who care deeply about their school and want to help. When the students are provided with a nutritious meal during the school day for the duration of this tough season, school attendance remains high and the students’ and teachers' momentum for learning is sustained.
$10 feeds 60 students for one day.
$50 feeds 300 students for one day.
$100 feeds the entire school for one day.
They only need to be fed for 6 weeks
(30 school days.)
That's $3,000. ~ which is our fundraising goal.
To keep 600 students learning!
Here are some videos that highlight our partnership.
2014 Dwankhozi Week
2014 Zambia Trip
2013 Zambia Trip
"The Martin" Video, this was also a video that helped launched our Water PBL unit
"The Martha" Video captures the day-in-the-life of a female student from Dwankhozi
All this fun and Caroling too!
Photo credit: Ms. Sara