Some of you might be wondering what the money was used for at Katherine’s Mission last year, so here’s an update.
My dad left for Africa on October 31st, and we were able to send over an even $2,000 with him. This money was used to build a much-needed school. They decided to name it Katherine’s Primary School. Here is what Pastor Malyi reports about the progress of the school.
They are beginning with a Kindergarten class and hoped to have an enrollment of 30-40 students. Two teachers have been hired to teach the children with a college level education, both who have been members of the congregation since birth.
Not only is the money being used to provide teachers’ salaries, but it is also being used to construct a quality building which will be used as a church as well as a school building during the week. The existing structure which was being used as a church was a poor wood frame that did not keep out the weather very well. This is a very wet area on the eastern slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, so keeping out the weather was a very important need. Stones were purchased to build a solid and weatherproof structure to serve as a classroom for the children. With the $2,000 my dad took over last year, they were able to get a good start on the construction of the school.
Also, back in January someone anonymously donated $2,000 to my Mission, to be used for one of two choices. It could either be used to send me over to Africa with my dad or to help the orphans. He left the choice up to me. Because of the high of the construction in Marangu, Tanzania, the $2,000 we sent over last year was not enough to complete the construction. In April we decided to send the additional $2,000 to Pastor Malyi by wire transfer to complete the construction. This will be used to purchase doors, windows, desks, other needed building supplies and ongoing classroom needs.
You can take a look at some of the pictures of Katherine’s Primary School and the children who attend below (as of February).
In addition to that, we have raised $1,400 in 2014! Thank you to everyone who has helped make this possible. I’m sure the orphans appreciate it!
For the orphans,