Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI) opened for the third term today. Students began arriving at the campus on Sunday 15 April.
“Last term I did not perform well but this term I will work hard so that I can pass my Junior Certificate Examinations with good grades,” says Annastanzia Kadziwe, a Form two student. She says hopes teachers will help her realise her dreams.
One of the instructors at Andiamo Technical College, Ernest Nyomela says that their Motor Vehicle Mechanics department has prepared well for this term and he hopes that their students will be empowered with good technical skills.
According to the school calendar, the third term is expected to close on 13th July, 2012.
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.
Fr. Mario Pacifici, the founding trustee of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust has asked students from Andiamo Education Institutions to love prayer.
Fr. Mario:We expect you to be examples
Speaking during the Sunday Mass that is celebrated every Sunday in the AEI Cafeteria, Fr. Mario bemoaned the tendency of some students who are either late for mass or chose to stay in the hostels not attending mass altogether.
He also stressed on the need for management to see that all the students have time to pray in their respective denominations.
“You must make sure that these students have time to pray,” advised Fr. Mario.
This follows another chat he had with some students who are on scholarship on Friday 2 March 2012.
Fr. Mario asked the students to be exemplary, as they should consider themselves ‘lucky’ for getting the sponsorship.
“We expect you to be examples to other students in our campus, as you should be aware of the privilege you have for being sponsored,” Fr Mario said this after receiving reports that the behaviour of some supported students leaves a lot to be desired.
He asked them not to miss the opportunity ‘given with sacrifice’ by Italian friends of Andiamo, but to use the scholarship for their future and that of the nation.
During the 30 minute meeting, the founding trustee shared with the students two readings from the Bible from II Peter 1:10 and I Thessalonians 2:19.
About thirty-one students from different denominations get sponsorship from Italy through Andiamo’s twin Italian association “Orizzonte Malawi Onlus”. Through this many students who could not afford to get Secondary Education are able to do so.
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.
Students from different areas playing on BAMABA Basketball court
When Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust thought of naming the street kids project “Tigawane” (Let’s share) the name made sense. We surely must share the little that we have.
But little did we know that “tigawane” would spread to everything. In the picture, primary school students from the surrounding areas playing on the new basketball court of Andiamo Education Institutions without even asking for permission.
Such is life here. Everything that Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust has belongs to the community around!
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.