Muti Wa Anthu,The People’s Tree
The People’s Tree will be sadly missed, even though it fell on the wall around the Kuwangisana compound and destroyed the guest house. The Caia Connection sent funds in April 2014 to help with repairs to the wall, which is needed for security .
Return To Kapasseni
In July 2011, a team from Canada came to make a film about the Kuwangisana Organization to raise awareness in Canada and to raise funds. The Executive Director will use this film to help raise awareness and funding which will help in the area of sustainability.
Go to www.kapasseni.tv to view Return To Kapasseni, filmed in July 2011 by Ben Fox and Shivon Robinsong. Also on this website is the earlier film, Journey to Kapasseni, shot in 1999 at the inception of the Kapasseni Project. You will see the sights and hear the sounds of Kapasseni and Kuwangisana, and gain a much clearer sense of the work of these projects and the impact they have had on the lives of so many people. Both films were directed and edited by Victoria film-maker Bill Weaver.
After five years of searching for funding, the community library has finally been completed. The books were donated by Canadians from Ontario and are in the English language, although some books in Portuguese were donated by the Portuguese community in Toronto. The range of books serves all ages. It is the very first community library in Sena and allows both children and adults to read. Children now have access to books at home to build on the reading they have learned in school, and to instill a love of reading at an early age.Having accessibility to books also helps with adult education so parents can learn to read, and to be able to read books to their children.
Lack of electricity continues to be a challenge for lighting the library. We received a donation for solar panels but we are waiting to see if it will be possible to connect to electricity.
Thank you to our donors and supporters who have helped to make our library an important part of the community.
Five pre-school classrooms have been completed to cater to the early child education project. It is supported by funds generated from the office rental, yard sales, the Kapasseni Project and the Caia Connection in Canada. In the Kapasseni and Sena locations:
This is a picture of a preschool classroom built in Sena at Seven Hills Academy.
There are 5 preschools operating in 2014: 21 children attend in Kapasseni, 94 in Sena at Seven Hills Academy, 30 in Caia, and 130 in Chemba. The preschools operate in coordination with the Ministry of Education.
Seven Hills Academy provides academic classes for many ages of orphans and traumatized children that need a nurturing environment. The instruction includes life skills training in gardening, basket weaving, and tailoring classes for the children times per week. There are also music lessons for guitar and piano as well as computer lessons and a chess club.
The Peace Corps volunteer housing has been completed, also with the funds from the office space rental.
A kitchen and a dining room were constructed with the help of the community using local construction material at the new OVC site, designated as the Seven Hills Academy.
Three new rooms were added to the wing at Kuwangisana’s Headquarters building to create more office space for HR/Admin, the clinic and reception.