August 25, 2015

Brick By Brick Construction

Construction Vision

Our vision is to bring high quality education to poor girls in the rural areas to give them the very best chance of achieving their dreams and becoming self sufficient, independent leaders in the future.

To achieve this, we need to attract highly qualified and experienced Malawian, preferably female teachers.  This is a real challenge as APU is located in the rural area, away from the safety, security and amenities of the city, which is where the majority of qualified teachers choose to live.  To attract these teachers we need to provide them with a place where they want to stay and raise their families.  Our teachers need to be taken care of, respected, and supplied with secure, well-maintained homes with running water and electricity.  We also need to provide them with teaching facilities, including classrooms and laboratories that will allow them to do their best teaching.

Our sustainability plan relies heavily on being able to attract private students who will pay tuition that will cover the cost of their own tuition as well as the tuition of students on scholarship.  This means that we must be equal to or better than the best girls schools in the country, providing excellent living and learning facilities to give our girls the very best chance to succeed in their studies.

At APU we believe in using home grown labour and expertise, hiring both men and women from the Nsalu region as our carpenters, bricklayers, sand and water carriers, and carpenters.  Our surveyors, architects and engineers, including our Project Manager Henry Mdeytseni, the mastermind behind these beautiful, strong and cheaply built buildings, are all Malawian.  Our bricks are fired right on APU land out of soil found at the school site.  Our construction projects at APU employ over 300 people, many of whom are women.

Hear from APU’s Project Manager, Henry Mdyetseni, as he describes the lessons he has learned throughout the 6 years of APU’s construction (2005-2011). Since 2007, APU has grown to a campus of  19 buildings and 9 additional capital projects

 

Current & Future Projects

Would you be interested in helping complete the construction of our school? With ever-growing demand from Malawian families, APU’s enrolment is currently beyond capacity and our facilities are unable to accommodate the demand from students and staff.

When the construction of APU is finished, we expect the campus to be a self-sustaining micro-community that will be able to educate students from primary school through secondary school, with the opportunity to attend Teachers Training College.  Our most important projects are listed below, with more information on our Current Projects Page.

Priority Projects

  1. Student Hostel #6 ($120,000)
  2. APU Vehicle ($66,000)

Future Capital Projects

  1. x7 more Staff Duplexes (12 total)
  2. x3 more Student Hostels (8 total)
  3. x1 more Primary Class Block (3 total)
  4. Auditorium
  5. Electricity Upgrades
  6. Water/Hydro Upgrades

If you would like to contribute in a specific way to a project, please contact our Executive Director, Christie Johnson at cjohnson@pearsoncollege.ca to discuss how you can contribute to ensuring our school will be a state-of-the-art facility for educating generations of students.

 

Construction Update – November 2016

This year has been another active and successful year for fundraising and construction for APU Malawi Education Foundation.

Our focus this year was on six projects, including the bringing of solar power to teacher housing and class blocks, improving the school’s security system (RC Calgary West and Olds), digging a third well and installing a mono pump that has solved our APU water problems (RC Sidney by The Sea, Langley Central and North Delta), constructing Primary Class Block #2 (Women Helping Women Victoria), providing economic support through employment to our most vulnerable neighbours through our Food For Work Road Construction Project, and the continuation of construction on Phase 2 of the Legacy Building.  Finally, $10,000 of funding for much needed science lab equipment has been donated by the Rotary Club of Calgary.

Construction and capital projects for the year ahead include the completion of the Legacy Building, the construction of teacher duplex #5 (private donor), the construction of the primary school class block #3 (Women Helping Women) and the construction of student hostel #6.  Thanks so a private funder on Vancouver Island, the completion of the Legacy Building and Teacher Duplex #5 are fully funded.  We are hopeful that Women Helping Women will succeed in raising funds for Primary Class Block #3 at their annual fundraising in June, leaving Hostel #6 as our main fundraising focus for the year to come.

An exciting prospect for the coming year is an initiative headed by MEF Director Pat Killoran to apply, on behalf of his Rotary Club, the RC of Lethbridge, for a Global Grant.  If successful, this grant could result in $200,000 of funding. Pat’s three week stay at APU is certain to strengthen ties between local Rotary Clubs and APU.

 

Recently Funded Projects

Legacy Building ($150,000 of $150,000)
Funded in part by a private donor on Vancouver Island ($40,000)
The construction of the Legacy Building is our most challenging and exacting project undertaken so far at APU. When it is completed, it will change the entire feel of the school from one of ‘pioneering and making do’ to that of a complete and high -functioning school. We will no longer be limping along, squished into shared classroom space. Our teachers will have the preparation and meeting space that they deserve and our administrators will finally be able to have offices.

Staff Duplex #5 ($60,000)
Funded by Private Donors from Vancouver Island

Primary Class Block #2 – Victoria Gardens Academy ($37,000 of $37,000)
Funded by Women Helping Women.
The project will be completed by end of November 2016, coming in slightly over-budget of $37,000 – which is very reasonable considering the economic instability and additional costs of conversion. See More

APU Campus Security ($22,000 of $22,000)
Funded by Rotary Club of Calgary West, Rotary Club of Olds, & Interact Club of Olds
The money has been wired and received by the school

Science Materials ($10,000 of $10,000)
Funded by Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown

Food for Work ($34,388 of $33,000)
Funded by APU MEF’s crowd-funding campaign
In response to the plight of hungry families, APU (Girls on the Move) Girls’ School in Malawi has developed a project that will provide work that will help families survive during this time of crisis

Water Expansion Project ($12,000)
Funded by Rotary Clubs of Sidney By The Sea, Langley Central, and North Delta
Project included the drilling of a third well and the installation of a rural BP (mono) pump, which works using diesel or electricity (solar or from the grid). APU uses 45,000 L of water per day and our tank capacity is is 30,000 so we need to fill the tank 1 ½ times per day.

  • Using hydro (4 hrs of electricity/day) it takes 8 hours to fill and only works when the electricity is working!
  • Using solar it takes 16 hours to fill
  • Using diesel it takes 9 hours

The three wells working in tandem are easily supplying the needed 45,000 L every day.APU now has a very versatile system that can use solar when available, electricity when it is on, and diesel when all else fails. Project a major success!

 

 

Completed Projects

Completion DateProjectActual CostFunding Partners
2007Class Block #1$40,000
2007Staff Duplex #1$39,000
2007Student Hostel #1$52,000
2008Class Block #2$45,000
2008Student Hostel #2$59,000
2009Student Hostel #3$65,000
2009Staff Duplex #2$45,000
2010Student Hostel #4$72,000
2010Class Block #3$59,000
2010Electrical Project$30,000
2010Water Project$40,000
2011Cafeteria$220,000
2011Science Lab$120,000
2013Staff Duplex #3$55,000Rotary Club of Lethbridge
2013Class Block #4$85,000Circle of Women
2013Water Tower #2$20,000Funded in Part by the Rotary Club of Calgary West
2013Laptop Acquisition – Computer Lab75 Donated & Shipped LaptopsRotary Club of Lethbridge
2014Primary Class Block #1$35,000Women Helping Women & Dawson Creek Rotary Interact
2014Staff Duplex #4$60,000Rotary Club of Lethbridge
2015Primary School Playground$6,800Rotary Clubs of Oak Bay & Sidney by the Sea
2015School Bus$47,000Private Donors $amp; Rotary Club of Spruce Grove
2015Guest House$4,000
2015Composting Toilette
(three)
$7,900
2016Road Upgrades$34,000‘Food for Work’ Crowdfunding Campaign
2016Water Expansion Project $12,000Rotary Clubs of Sidney By The Sea, Langley Central and North Delta
2016Solar Power Project #2
(classrooms & hostels outfitted with solar panels)
$11,369Rotary Club of Calgary West
2016Science Materials$10,000Rotary Club Calgary Downtown
2016Primary School Block #2$35,000Women Helping Women

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