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Everland Malawi Resource Centre will cater for countless children with special needs in Salima, Malawi.

 

This ambitious project sees MJL partner once again with our friends at Starfish Malawi,  a fellow UK charity with whom we funded the Earth Child orchard and desks for the local primary school via our ‘Gift a Desk’ initiative.

 

The tireless team at Starfish Malawi have been an absolute pleasure to work with, and their reporting - and encouragement - has been second to none.  So when they told us about their desire to assist in the education of children with special needs and approached us with the potential of us funding the construction of a new Special Needs Resource Centre, it seemed like the perfect project, dovetailing nicely with the fan-funded orchard and the school where children are now seated at beautiful desks thanks to so many of Michael’s supporters around the world.

 

As we celebrate our ninth birthday on 7 August 2020 we look back at projects already completed and see how many children have been given hope and a better life through Michael’s lasting legacy of love. This one will once again be very special, since it's the first time that we have reached out specifically to cater for children with disabilities. This is, of course, something that Michael Jackson did throughout his life, from ensuring that his Neverland home was equipped with facilities for the disabled such as cinema seats that would cater for those children who couldn't sit up, to the grand carrousel's ramp for disabled visitors, to the countless disabled children he visited in hospitals and orphanages around the world.

 

Today, Michael Jackson's legacy continues in those hearts he touched. With the ongoing help and generosity of Mr. Jackson's tireless supporters worldwide, Everland Resource Centre will consist of a 2-room classroom block replete with a spacious veranda. The block will be divided into two classrooms to cater for the beginners and the more advanced learners with special needs. The costing includes a store room for learning aids and an adjacent purpose-built pit latrine toilet block consisting of four cubicles. It will also have a ramp and wide doorways, necessary for wheelchair access.

 

Everland Malawi will be built in the Ngolowindo community, in the foreground of the Hope clinic (below right), the MJL-funded Earth Child orchard and Glad Tidings Orphan Care (below left).


Glad Tidings Orphan Care  Everland Malawi land

 

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world which inevitably sees children sustain many challenges, but none are more challenged than the disabled. In there is a real lack of special needs education due to the very large class sizes in primary schools with no extra classroom support or minimal extra-curricular support. Unlike in countries such as the UK and the US, where extra support is forthcoming for and inclusive of children with disabilities, in Malawi, this is certainly not the case.

 

The disabled in Malawi, especially the blind, deaf or those with cerebral palsy, are marginalised. Due to the environmental, institutional, attitudinal and economical barriers that prevent people with disabilities from living fulfilling lives, they tend to be excluded from mainstream society and placed in a position of lifelong vulnerability.

 

  Google location

Above: If you locate 'Glad Tidings Orphan Care' on Google maps, you will find something akin to the map depicted above. The red marking we've placed at the top indicates where Everland Malawi will be situated. The red marking at the bottom is where the thriving Earth Child orchard is located.

 

Starfish Malawi’s Disability Project has been put together in conjunction with the communities in Malawi and will be run from Malawi by their team which seeks to be inclusive for children with all forms of disability in line with the draft National Disability Policy of Malawi. Special needs teachers are provided by the government and paid for by them and the project will be overseen by Mrs Matola, Head of Special Needs Education in Salima.

 

Starfish Malawi already has some children within their care that are blind or deaf - and some are unable to walk, such as little Muhamadu below. How wonderful it would be to see children with these and other types of common disability have the chance to receive a full education, allowing them to grow in self-worth and to have a better future.

 

Muhamadu

 

Unfortunately, there are no up-to-date statistics on the prevalence of disability in Malawi. Besides education, children with disabilities have problems accessing health services, mainly due to problems with mobility, neglect by guardians and stigma by health workers. There is a shortage of specialist teachers and most schools do not have specialist education equipment for children with learning difficulties. These problems naturally result in low education levels for people with disabilities, which in turn result in lower employment rates, perpetuating a cycle of poverty and having a long-lasting impact on marginalised communities.

 

And yet, the 2014 Malawi Education Statistics reported that there were a total of just 207 special needs resource centres in the country, out of a required 3,132!

 

Vanessa

 

Once the building is funded and built, which we hope will be in the summer of 2021 depending on how funding progresses, there will be room for a painted MJ-related mural on the back wall of each classroom and this will be fulfilled by the same talented Malawian artist who replicated our artist’s beautiful work, in conjunction with our own talented artist, Siren.

 

  Earth Child sign by Malawian artist    Earth Child banner by Siren

 

 FULL COSTING:

A. Everland Resource Centre: 2-Room Classroom Block with office, store and veranda  
B. Toilet Block for Resource Centre - Pit Latrine Block (1 x block with 4 separate cubicles)  
       
What: For: Sterling at 925 MK to £1 GBP
 
STAGE 1: Labour costs Main building and toilet block 1535.14   
          1535.14  FUNDED
       
STAGE 2: Cement and soil      
320 x bags of cement Main building and toilet block 2421.62  
Gravel red soil 10 x trip @ MK40,000 Main building 432.43  
          2854.05  FUNDED
       
STAGE 3: Bricks and sand      
61,000 bricks Main building and toilet block 1091.89  
Sand (19 trips) Main building and toilet block 908.02  
          1999.91  
       
STAGE 4: Tools and transportation      
2 x wheelbarrows Main building 84.32  
3 x shovels Main building 27.03  
4 x water buckets Main building 8.65  
Transportation Main building and toilet block 518.92  
Unforeseen items Main building and toilet block 166.29  
Management costs* Main building and toilet block 627.04  
          1432.25  
       
STAGE 5: Building materials      
Quarry stones (3 x trips) Main building and toilet block 313.51  
33 x Y12 rods Main building and toilet block 230.93  
1 x roll mesh wires Main building 156.76  
15 x rolls brick force wire Main building and toilet block 30.26  
4kg wire Main building 6.49  
2 x R6 wire Toilet block 32.43  
26kg roof nails Main building and toilet block 55.90  
2kg 3 inch nails Main building 3.24  
25kg 4 inch nails Main building 40.54  
26kg 5 inch nails Main building and toilet block 41.84  
1kg 6 inch nails Toilet block 1.30  
1 pack screws Main building 3.24  
13 x ridges Main building 56.22  
6 x locks Main building 45.41  
4 x rolls of polythene Main building and toilet block 55.13  
Termite repellent Main building and toilet block 32.44  
3 x 5 litres solugunum (timber repellant) Main building and toilet block 40.00  
Sandpaper Main building 4.32  
          1149.96  
       
STAGE 6: Doors, windows and fascias      
6 x door frames Main building 129.74  
6 x doors Main building 194.60  
2 x window frames (office and store) Main building 75.68  
Window glazing (office and store) Main building 77.84  
10 x iron windows (classrooms) Main building 648.65  
16 x fascia boards Main building 88.66  
          1215.17  
       
STAGE 7: Roofing      
120 x 2/6 timbers Main building 752.43  
76x 2/4 timbers Main building and toilet block 351.35  
40 x 1/8 timbers Main building and toilet block 254.05  
10 x 2/2 timbers Main building 27.03  
84 x 21ft iron sheets Main building 1239.58  
5 x 8ft iron sheets Toilet block 52.46  
          2676.90  
       
STAGE 8: Painting      
26 x 5 litre PVA paints Main building 196.76  
6 x 5 litre oil paints Main building 116.77  
2 x 5 litres undercoat paint Main building 38.92  
3 litres blackboard paint Main building 12.98  
5 litres paraffin Main building 5.41  
4 x rollers and trays Main building 10.81  
5 x paint brushes Main building 4.97  
Local artist - MJ-related wall mural Main building 150.00  
            536.62  
       
TOTAL   £13,400.00  
       
       
*Quality control, daily site visits, petrol, book-keeper, staff time, organising workers etc.