Last year, QAE started to connect with the Dwankhozi Hope Foundation, created and run by Beth and Matt MacLean (parents of kindergartener, Joshua). Most students have seen a video about the day in the life of Martin, an 11 year old boy who attends the school, as well as videos about older students whose high school education was made possible because of Dwankhozi sponsors. We all were significantly moved by this experience and since have been wanting to become more involved in the work Matt and Beth are leading.
In October, Moses, the project manager who has helped Beth and Matt do much of their work, visited our school. Kindergarteners sent meaningful art projects to be delivered to young Dwankhozi learners. Our third graders wrote pen pal letters this year and last. Check out the “blog” tab on the Dwankhozi website and you can see the kids holding letters from QAE kids! This year as part of our Community Project-Based learning unit, we put on a big bake sale (thanks to the help of many of you!) and were able to give over $600 to Dwankhozi to purchase Kindles for their readers.
This is the beginning of what we hope to be a deep and meaningful partnership between the two schools. Part of our vision for QAE is for students to gain perspective about how others live and how we can be part of supporting and learning from our community both locally and globally.
This June I will have the opportunity to travel to Zambia with Beth, David Elliott and other QAE community members, our “maiden voyage” to walk with them and see how we can build our partnership to support the important work happening in Zambia.
I am beyond thrilled to be part of this opportunity and can’t wait to share more about our mission for this trip, and grow the relationship between our schools. Can you imagine what we can learn from and share with each other? It’s excitingJ
David published a blog this morning about an event on February 22nd that you are invited to attend -an opportunity to view the Dwankhozi videos here at school and hear a bit more about our trip. Of course, you don’t have to wait until then. You can go to the foundation website and watch the videos now! http://dwankhozi-hope.org/
Stay tuned for more information about how you can get support this partnership.
Looking forward to sharing more!