Christmas Appeal 2016

Christmas Appeal 2016

This is a picture of one of the toilet blocks at Moindabi Primary School that are used daily by over 400 students. As you can see they are in a very poor state and have been condemned by the Ministry of Health. The school is at risk of being closed down unless these toilets are replaced.

We are seeking your help to build one toilet block, which will cost $13,000NZD. We would love to be able to build two toilet blocks for $26,000NZD. This may seem an unusual request for Christmas but it is a necessity of daily life for all. We would very much appreciate your support!

If you would like to donate to the toilet rebuild, please make an automatic payment to the following bank account: 

12-3049-0124008-00

Reference: “Toilets”

Remember, all donations are tax deductible!

Update from Moindabi Water Project, Kenya

Update from Moindabi Water Project, Kenya

Grandmother is excited to have her own water tap

Grandmother is excited to have her own water tap

Just last month one of the founders of our Trust, John Blaiklock, visited our projects in Kenya and Uganda. See some of his photos on our Facebook page.

We are delighted to tell you that the distribution of water to the school and town communities of Moindabi was completed in November. As on past visits, John met with officials from the Kenyan government to update them on the water project. Inspired by our story, the Kenyan Government have given the community an additional $28,000 NZD to assist with further water distribution. This is a fantastic achievement! The Kenyan Government have also indicated that there will be more funds available in the next few months for further water distribution. This is very encouraging for the community.

Now that the main water distribution pipes are installed and functioning, the work on installing individual connections and meters to the houses has begun, with the neediest families being connected first. The cost of water to the families will be less than what they have been paying for water to date, with the added benefit of not having to spend hours collecting it. This time will now be spent elsewhere, like attending school. What a great achievement!

Water for the those in most need, Moindabi

Water for the those in most need, Moindabi

Water to the door in Moindabi

Water to the door in Moindabi

Water from the tap

The faces of these children in Moindabi show how excited they are to finally have water on tap right outside their house!

Watching the pipes being laid up to the house. Really exciting times!

Watching the pipes being laid up to the house. Really exciting times!

Drinking from the tap!

Drinking from the tap!

 Smile Africa Fundraiser Results

Smile Africa Fundraiser Results

Hello Valued Supporters

Wow, can you believe it is nearly December? Christmas will be here before we know it! 
 
We've had an exciting and busy couple of months here at be*. It was great to see so many of you at our Smile Africa fundraiser on the 22nd of September at Hopetoun Alpha. We hope you had a fun and enjoyable evening sharing an authentic African meal with your quiz mates. We sure had fun! 

Through our ticket sales, auctions and your generous giving, 

we've raised just over $11,000 for our water project in Moindabi, Kenya.

This is a fantastic result. Thank you for your generosity!

Check out some of the fun photos of the night on our Facebook page here 
Whilst you're visiting, give our page a LIKE as it's a great way to stay in touch and keep up to date with our projects. facebook.com/BuildingForEducation/
 
For those of you who would like to give on a regular basis, we have a $1 a week Small Change donation option. This can be set up as a weekly automatic payment to be* account 12-3049-0124008-53. To find out more, check out our website here
*100% of all money donated through our Small Change initiative goes directly towards our Moindabi project on the ground in East Africa. 

A BIG thank you to our many Smile Africa sponsors;

Matahiwi Estate, Grant Allen - Cook, ARKADE Furniture, Wendy & John Buchan, Luke's Kitchen, Lost Springs Spa, Vaughan Scott Images, Snowy Waters Lodge, Auckland Skydive, Allison Mooney, Wolf and Wolf, Brox Ltd, Kimberley-Clark, WELLA, Spectra Hair, Greymans Fitness Solutions, First Scene, Villa Maria, McPhersons, Red Bull, Good Organics, Palm Plates, Purina, Edgewell, RedefinedU and the Power Tool Centre.  


We really couldn't have achieved this fantastic result without your support.

Thank you again for your ongoing support!
 
Kindest regards
be* Team

 

Christmas in Kibera, Kenya

Christmas in Kibera, Kenya

Cooking christmas dinner in Kibera

Cooking christmas dinner in Kibera

The new Adventure School in Kibera, Kenya have sent us some photos of the christmas celebration they had with their pupils.

Christmas Cake for everyone

Christmas Cake for everyone

You can look at the photos on our facebook page here.

 

Latest News from Kitgum, Uganda

Latest News from Kitgum, Uganda

In 2009 as Northern Uganda was ravaged by civil war, thousands of rural farmers were forced off their land into Internal Displacement Camps. Village life was destroyed, farming skills were lost and schools were shut down in the nearby town of Kitgum. Several years later on the very site of one of the IDP camps, the Kitgum Matedi Primary School was built. The original school, which was a simple wooden structure, was destroyed by termites. 

BE* in conjunction with C3 Church Auckland are assisting in the financing and construction oversight of seven classrooms and a resource / staff room to accommodate a roll of over 200 children. Hope for a brighter future for the children of the subsistence farmers is now possible because of the work of BE*.

Mudbricks and metal framed doors and windows have replaced the basic stick structure destroyed by termites.

Fantastic news is that in January the roof was finally finished. It is exciting to see the classrooms completed. The second stage of the project is continuing with the building the other four classrooms and an ablution block.

Kitgum-Matidi school ground being worked today 17-3-2016. It's very hot here, no rain yet but we hope it will come soon! $100 NZ to have this work done.

Kitgum-Matidi school ground being worked today 17-3-2016.
It's very hot here, no rain yet but we hope it will come soon! $100 NZ to have this work done.

With your help we are looking forward to building the next stage of the project.

In 2016 and into 2017 funds raised will be used to construct the school buildings enabling more of the children of Kitgum to work towards a brighter future.

Moi Ndabi Primary School

Moi Ndabi Primary School

Some of these children walk 2hrs to get to school each day then 2hrs home. That is how important education is for them.

How far do you or your children walk to school each day? 

Do you or your children do chores before school?

Let us know what you/your children do so that we can share it with the kids in Moi Ndabi. They might not believe us!