With the Mentawai Education and Conservation Centre opening again after the holidays, our teachers Tom and Karen were greeted with some familiar smiling faces at the beginning of August as they were preparing for classes that started that week. With the girls surf sessions up and running and plans in place for our new environmental programme, we are in for another busy but exciting term here at our Centre in the Mentawai Islands. We also look forward to developing a new outreach programme working closer with local schools and teachers – watch this space!
During the month, we had a week of sport in celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day. We all enjoyed fun runs, volleyball competitions and soccer tournaments. Happy Independence Day to all our Indonesian friends!
August also delivered some major storms that bombarded our little centre here in the Mentawais for over a week. That didn’t stop students registering for classes with over 100 enrolled for this current course. With the crazy weather, we’ve just had to find ways to keep students happy in between lessons – it appears table tennis was a winner?
The new outreach programme has been keeping our teachers busy here in the Mentawais. They have been spending Friday mornings teaching at the local Senior School to help improve the level of English for this age group. It’s been an eye-opener to see the different approaches to education, but wherever we go we are always greeted with the same big smiles!
As you can tell, Tom and Karen do an amazing job over in the Mentawai helping to empower the local community in and around Mapadegat. All of this wouldn’t be possible without the ongoing support of all of you and the donations that the foundation receive to run these programmes. Check out how great the English classes have progressed with the students this past year and their hope for the future.
If you would like to help us on the journey providing the students with a better future, we could really use your help! We have outgrown our current school building due to the increasing number of students, so we need to look at building a new school ASAP. Your personal or corporate donation would assist us in building a bigger school to accommodate our growing enrollments, as well as expand our programmes to include our new recycling program which the locals are extremely keen to see introduced. This new environmental program with the backing of the local Government and communities on Tua Pajet, will involve collecting the rubbish, sorting and shipping back to Padang for recycling.
Special thanks also to everyone that recently attended our Fundraiser in Newquay, Cornwall which was a huge success!!
Thanks again everyone for your ongoing support!!
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