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We are pleased to announce that MOET has managed to build a beautiful new nursery block, thanks to another generous donation from Canning Trust, match-funded essentially by our wonderful corporate sponsor, La Fosse Associates.
Many of the students at MOET have to walk 10 miles or more miles a day to get to and from the school. In sympathy with this three Year 13 students are walking five miles to and from the Latymer School, Edmonton every day, for a total of 50 miles each, in the week 29 February to 4 March.
Please show your support for this brilliant idea by liking and/or sharing this post and, if you are able, make a donation through their fundraising site for FOMOE:
Fortunately a few months ago Patterson anticipated that, due to crop failures following the terrible floods last year, the maize prices would sky-rocket and proposed to buy it in bulk before this happened. And thanks to the generous donation from the Bernard family he was able to do so.
This means that all our pupils at MOET School can at least be sure to have one meal a day during these difficult times!
Children at MOET eating their mealie (maize meal)
The medical expenses budget for the pupils will increase dramatically in 2016. If a child becomes sick and needs more treatment beyond natural medicine, MOET now is able to send them to Koche Clinic and pay their expenses. This is the first year FOMOE has been able to give this level of support. It is hoped that this will significantly reduce the amount of time a child is unable to attend school due to illness and above all ensure they are happy and healthy in mind and body.
We are very pleased and proud to announce that two of MOETs first nursery school students from 1999 have completed their secondary school education and are now on a course for two years at Maryam Teacher Training College to become teachers themselves. Read the rest of this entry »
Volunteer Kate returns to England and visits Armathwaite School to talk to pupils there about MOET, meeting teacher Jane Yates (who visited MOET last year on a British Council exchange grant) and our loyal friends and supporters, Mike and Sue Fox.
Wahey I am wishing myself a very happy 19th! Feels rather strange, not like any of my other birthdays that’s for sure! People at MOET have been nice. I’m going to treat myself to a meal out this evening at the posh hotel which is a short walk down the beach.
Human rights activists had pushed for the law, saying Malawi had one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world.
Parliament passed the law two months ago, despite strong opposition from traditionalists.
Rights campaigner Milliam Chilemba welcomed the ban.
“Once they reach puberty, parents consider their girls as adults ready for marriage.”
“Many parents cannot afford to pay [school] fees for their girls and they opt to marry off their children to relieve themselves of the burden”
This is the reality of life for girls in Malawi. Assuming secondary school fees are met, and we have a sponsorship programme in place for own own MOET graduates girls, they have a greater likelihood now with this new law of completing their secondary education.
For the full BBC report see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32325177
For details of how you can sponsor a MOET graduate girl through secondary education see: http://www.fomoe.org.gridhosted.co.uk/?p=673
On 8th January the river close to MOET over-flooded and affected the school. There was no harm to the children or loss of property as such, but Patterson reports that the school has suffered damages to the permaculture section and some of the fish in the breeding pond close to the vocational skills block were swept away. Read the rest of this entry »