I feel extremely honoured to have my song, Close Your Eyes , chosen for the first song in this beautiful slide show about Katherine Ducharme’s Malawi trip where she and her team built a school …which is now certified.
Read on ( from Katherine…)
I have completed my video that includes pics from my last 2 trips to Malawi. Thanks so much for letting me use your song to start my video. I so get every word of your song Laura. It includes many of the messages that I so often try to share with people that ask about my visits to Africa.
I tried to match some of my photos to the words of your song.
I could write pages…actually I have done so, about my experiences, but one of the first things that I learned when I first visited the primitive village of Njewa is that we do not have to change these people. Many Westerners and Europeans have felt that is what they need to do in Africa, but I have to say that some of the most beautiful souls I know, live there. They are hungry, and have the right to clean water and education, but otherwise, they are mostly happy. There are challenges no matter where you live.
The school that we built in 2007 and the additional block with 2 more classrooms that we built in 2008 are now educating 350 orphaned and marginalized children. In October 2013 our school was finally recognized as a certified school by the Ministry of Education in Malawi. We have all certified teachers now and the teaching syllabuses and student books for all subjects.
I have just received a $10,000 donation that will keep our feeding program going for these children. They each get 1 meal a day of a fortified porridge where they otherwise may just have to go hungry. I could not believe how healthy the children looked last year. There is still a lot of malnutrition, but I believe we are tackling it head on. You will see pictures of the 60 new triple width desks we built last year. For the first time, all of our students our sitting in desks. We painted both buildings, inside and out. We handed out over 300 hygiene packs that we brought from home to our students and some of the secondary students that we know.
I should leave it at that for now, or I will never get this sent…
I hope that you enjoy the video.
To view the video check out this YouTube link :