Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Volunteer Video

Our volunteers made a video. Check it out. It was from their trip in July 2012 and it's amazing to see how much has changed in such a short time.

Thanks to all our volunteers. We couldn't do this work without your help.

Experiencing Amatongas from Michael Kline on Vimeo.

Monday, March 3, 2014

First Senior Class

The first senior class began the school year in new classrooms built over the holidays in December and January. We transformed an old parish youth center into two classrooms for the 11th and 12th grades using money saved by the brothers in community over the past three years. A drop ceiling was installed to reduce heat, new desks were purchased, new paint applied, a new entry way installed with a door and awning, and additional windows were installed to improve lighting and ventilation.

Seniors busy at work in their new classroom

View of the junior and senior classroom
building from the brothers residence

Students enjoying a break outside the library

Morning assembly, flag raising and national anthem
Our library gets used all day every day. Students can check out resource books or text books and make copies of class materials. The study room is always filled with students.
Students using the study room in the library

Students checking out books in the library

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Harvest Begins

The corn harvest began last week in Amatongas even though it has been raining a great deal. Our first job is to harvest the corn on our farm next to the Mutuchila river, about 5 hectares. The ground is wet but the corn is dry and we couldn't wait any longer. Just about every day we bring in one or two loads in our 5 ton trailer.

On Saturday mornings our boarders load up and help us with the harvest. Many hands help get much work done in a short amount of time.

We can take about 40 students at a time down to Mutuchila.

 Though they like to complain like most teenagers, they have a lot of fun. Most realize also that this is their food they're collecting, so why not help a little.

The pictures below are of the new classrooms being built for the primary school across the street from our school. We are helping construct four new classrooms in order to relieve some of the overcrowding. Presently, some primary school classes use our classrooms. With the addition of many new students in our secondary school the new classrooms for the primary school were sorely needed, both for them and us.

Quality construction not always seen in Mozambique.