After working only for a month and half, the two blocks for the new Girls’ Hostel are at roofing level.
Hostel blocks at roofing level
The building of the hostel has been made possible with the help from an association called Seconda Linea Missionaria from Ostia in Rome.
Marandimo Building Contractors and Civil Engineering under the supervision of Franco Fiorina are working tirelessly to make sure that they finish in time.
After 23 days the girls hostel block has reached the roof level and contractors have started working on the second hostel block. Thanks to Franco and Marandimo Building Contractors for their dedication.
The construction of the second hostel has started
Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI) students planted 1000 trees in Balaka at Andiamo Campus on 11 February 2012 as one way of restoring the natural beauty which was carelessly destroyed. The function was organized by Wildlife Club of AEI, and in attendance were representatives from all the sections of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust.
one of the student planting a tree
Isaiah Kaliponda, the Chairperson of the club said that it is the aim of the club to make sure that the natural resources are being taken care of and where trees were cut down should be replanted. He added that trees play a very important role in human beings by providing good oxygen and also makes our country looks beautiful.
Balaka District Forest Officer Mr Kamwendo, who was the Guest of Honour at the function, thanked the students and Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust for being concerned with the way people have carelessly cut down trees.
“40 years back people were living healthy lives. Trees were everywhere and they were breathing clean oxygen but because of industrial revolution, the good air has been polluted and people are not protected to this bad air.Because of this problem, babies are being born with different abnormality and people are experiencing some strange health problems but we can restore the good environment we had years back by planting more trees in our areas,” said Mr Kumwenda.
Andiamo Executive Director Andrew Galeta, encouraged youths to continue taking part in tree planting as it also attracts tourists and also help in the formation of rain. He took time to advise those who are pursuing Carpentry and Joinery course to be in the forefront in planting more trees as their job involves the use of timber which comes from these trees.
Also present at the function was Don Cesare and the Coordinator of AEI.
In a related development, Fr Mario lost his cool on 13 February when he noticed that some of the ground workers mistakenly cut down a big mango tree that had survived for some years in the AEI campus. Like in the “Lost Sheep” parable, Fr. Mario wondered how some people could think of cutting a matured mango tree when the Trust is busy planting more trees.
We were told that Andiamo Education Institutions would have a new girls’ hostel. When we saw trucks bringing bricks, sand… we were sure we would have it. Obviously, it was good news. Good, because the hostels we have right now would not be enough for girls from both the college and secondary school.
The future was alarming too. In September, this year, we shall have a Form IV class. This meant we would not have enough accommodation for girls. In Malawi, we say, “If you educate a girl, you have educated the whole nation”. By not allowing girls to come to the school because of lack of accommodation, we were doing injustice not only to the girls themselves but also to the nation as a whole.
Today the hostel is taking shape. In September, we will be able to house all the girls in the campus. We may be worried that ‘where are we going to get the beds?’ but the fact is that the hostel is now there.
The presence of Franco, an Italian volunteer, at the building site is enough for us to thank those that continue to collaborate with Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust. Some we have seen them because they have travelled all the way from Italy to see us. Others, we have not seen and met them. However, their invisible hands are becoming more visible through their support to us.
Fr. Cesare and two volunteers from Franco Fiorina and Giuseppe De Vignani from Italy arrived from Italy on 13th January,2012. The volunteers will help in the construction of Andiamo Secondary school girls’ hostel.
Franco Fiorina (left) and Don Cesare
Franco will concentrate mainly on the hostel. Once finished, the new hostel will accommodate 64 girls and this will ease the pressure of accommodation mainly this September when Andiamo Secondary School will for the first time have a Form 4 class.
Giuseppe De Vignani (second from right) with Augustino one of the volunteers
Meanwhile AEI office says that the accommodation problem will be history once another boys’ hostel is constructed.
a site where a block girls hostel is expected to be constructed
While Giuseppe will cooperate in different plumbing works, in Toleza for the health centre, Andiamo for the Community Hospital and also at the Andiamo Secondary School for the external toilets for the students.
Franco has been coming to Malawi for some time now. He has helped in the construction of many projects like hostels, class blocks for secondary and technical schools, just to mention few.