Mpeni Update – September 2015

P7 have been thinking about how they would like to support Miss Collier and Mrs Munro’s visit and Mpeni pupils.

They decided they wanted to provide school bags for the children to carry their books as some have a long walk to school everyday. They also want to get pencils and notebooks for the learners. They have hosted a coffee and cake sale on Open Morning/Parent Consultations and organised and ran a Beetle Drive last week. To date they have raised £814.90. Mrs Burton approached SmartSack, the company from whom we buy the SmartSacks we use in P1-P3, who have agreed to provide their SmartSack Scrunch back packs at cost price. Miss Collier and Mrs Munro will take them to Malawi when they go this week.
Earlier this year Mrs Burton applied for a Mini Grant through the Scotland Malawi Partnership on behalf of Mpeni school. Luckily we received a grant for £1,500 as requested. This is enough to build a semi detached residence which will provide homes for 2 more teacher’s at the school.
The money raised by the P1 stall at the Summer Fair (£350) has been sent to Mpeni and has payed for the main administration block to be connected to the electricity supply which means the laptops sent to the school can be used by staff and pupils at the school. They also hope to be able to put on Film nights using a mini projector that James took back with him to help raise further funds for the school. The money was also enough to pay for around 80 fruit tree saplings to be bought and planted at the school and to get support from WESM the Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi to provide ongoing support in the care of the orchard. This will provide an extra source of food and income for the school.
As part of our shared project with Mpeni, our Edible Garden Project is going well. P2 have already harvested potatoes, courgettes, squash and run-ner beans. The Eco Group have just planted some winter vegetables and we have had some apples and redcurrants from our garden.
We are excited to see what we can achieve together next.