Projects We've Completed
Clean, Safe Water for Minzoto School
In 2014, our first year of active fundraising and project implementation, we partnered with the Snow Foundation, the So-Hum Foundation, and Terre Sans Frontières to enable the Minzoto School Parents Committee to build a desperately-needed well on school grounds. Thanks to the support our donors and collaborators, the students and teachers of Minzoto School now have access to clean, safe water! In addition, the well serves the school’s neighbors. Students and teaching staff at the school have priority access to the well during school hours, but after hours the broader community may also make use of the well. Use of the well is governed by a democratically-elected subcommittee of the Parents Committee that oversees appropriate well usage, limits hours of operation, and collects a nominal fee to cover maintenance as it becomes needed. This managing group includes a secretary, a president, a treasurer to coordinate repair funds, and an individual responsible for cleaning and keeping track of the well access key.
Sign Language Training for Teachers
at Dungu's First School for the Deaf and Mute
Dungu's first school for the deaf and mute was founded in March, 2014 by Gisele Mbiya (photo at left) and the organization Association de Femme pour la Récupération, l’Encadrement ; la Formation et l’éducation de Personnes Vulnérable (The Women's Association for Recovery, Framing, Training and Education of Vulnerable People; AFFREPEV). The school reached out to Friends of Minzoto with a proposal to bring sign language educators to Dungu in order to instruct the new teaching staff of the school in sign language. Through a weeklong workshop supported by Friends of Minzoto, twenty new teacher attendees received their first signing certification (photo at top right). These new teachers acquired specialized skills to engage with their unique student population and to enrich their classrooms (photo bottom right).
Sanitation at Minzoto School
In order to help the Minzoto School Parents Committee realize their vision for the school, we collaborated with Architects Without Borders–Oregon to apply their expertise to the next phase of the Minzoto School project. Through the work of the Parents Committee, the knowledge of Portland-based architects and the contributions of our donors, we facilitated the design and construction of 10 latrines and two handwashing stations for the Minzoto School students and their teachers. This sanitation station replaces the previous dilapidated school latrines and introduced the first hand washing stations on school grounds. The new sanitation station is making important contributions to the health of students, school staff, students' families and the larger community
Latrine Construction Photos