We received this letter from Jenny at The Mufindi Highlands Orphans Project and wanted to share:
"...On the work front, loads has happened- seminars, basket day, adult English class is in full swing, and we just got back from a 'field trip' with our older kids to go look at some volcational schools. They are all now inspired to be electricians and plumbers and seamstresses and radio DJ's:)
I will work on a wish list to send to you- but things off the top of my head already are cloth diapers with plastic covers, shoes (crocs are best for the weather here), rain gear, and backpacks, and any kids clothes (all sizes), as we are always desperate for those things.
The educational complex you saw is going along well- we are just making a blackboard and bookshelves, and have received tons of great beginner reader books for the school and my adult English class, and then, hopefully, by the end of August, we will open to the public!!! We have decided that the middle level will be a playground only, so the kids won't have to look out the windows at a roof of any kind, and the bottom level will be dedicated to the nursery school only. That way, its all education. The kindergarten room will have a small divider, and half of the room will be for the kindergarden and the other half will be our community library/computer room, open in the evenings and on the weekends to the public, but will also host study hall for our kids M-F evenings.....The health clinic will be moved up the road a bit, so that way if a kid is needing a shot or anything, the other kids won't hear the cries, and the patients will have a bit more privacy. We are just now working on building our fence surrounding the area, and then we will paint it....everything is falling into place.....
With the opening of the social center/kindegarten/computer room....access to internet will be better, and if we teach our kids how to email, we could start of a letter in form of email exchange, or do a collabrotive project with our two classes.....so many ideas!
As soon as I get some time, I will put some photos together and send them your way! I would LOVE for your kiddos to see my kiddos:)"
Response to CMLC donations:
"Oh my gosh! That is amazing!!!! These donations will help start up the preschool block completely!!!! We have just finished the kindegarten/library building...plans have sort of changed (but completely for the better..) The top level will be 1/2 kindergarten, 1/2 library/study hall/computer lab. They built a nice little fence blocking it from level two, but opening up into a HUGE open field, where we will have a learning garden, sandbox, and outdoor craft space. The middle area will be left open- we are going to make that into the area to have the playground equipment, litke swings and teeter totters etc, and the bottome level will be the classrooms for the babies-3/4 year olds. How did your school divide up the classrooms again? Do you guys do 8 months-16 months? then 17-2.5, then 2.5-4? We are trying to think of the best way/most feasable way to seperate the kiddos....advise? Then, we are building Dr Leena's health clinic BEHIND the top level, on the other side of the road,so that her clients will have a bit more privacy...nobody at school wants to hear their friends getting shots or crying, right? and directly behind the kindegarten, we will be building our admin. block, to use as a reception for both the school and the workers/cases for the orphanage. I'll send you some pictures very soon!"
Thanks again to all of our families who helped contribute to this wonderful program for children! To learn more about Mufindi, please visit their website: Mufindi Highlands Orphanage Project