Most children in sub-Saharan Africa walk to school. Sometimes the distances are substantial. This is true in Malawi as well. The walk is that much longer for young girls. They usually wake up earlier than most, fetch water, get the fire going to heat water for bathing, help feed the other children, and then dress and go to school – sometimes a very long walk. Visit this link which tells the story of Sylvia, who is in primary school, and who has to walk almost 3 miles to school, one way, every day.
The Nzeru Foundation wishes to help mitigate this by building schools in rural areas to enable as many as possible to have access to excellence in education.
Yesterday on the 25th of June, 2013, Lester Chikacha, a Form 3 student at Emmanuel Private Secondary School, was buried. He was killed in a traffic accident on the 24th of June. On the day that he was buried, Zione Masamba, a Form 4 student, was severely injured in a traffic accident. They were both pedestrians walking along the road. Please keep Lester’s family in your prayers and thoughts as well as Zione and her family as they deal with these tragedies.
32 refurbished computers are now at their new home at Emmanuel Secondary School in Salima, Malawi. All of this was possible because of a generous grant from the Wyn and Carol Laidig Foundation. I was able to purchase software that will be used by three of the teachers to instruct the student on the basics of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. They are excited and are patiently (maybe!) the installation of a transformer on the electrical pole by the school which will then lead to the school being hardwired into a rather shaky Malawi electrical grid. Thank you so very much to the Wyn and Carol Laidig Foundation for making these smiles happen.
Funds have already been transferred and construction is already in progress for this third and final phase of the initial building of Emmanuel Secondary School. A lab and two teacher homes are being constructed. The teacher homes will assist with greater security and more immediate responsiveness to school matters. It also shows the community that we are serious about education. This could not have occurred without the generosity of the Antioch Foundation. We sincerely thank you. I will be going to Malawi in March and I will be posting pictures and video on the construction, both past and present. As we say in Malawi, zikomo kwambiri.
Patrick let me know that on September 13th Dr. Kemme and his son Frank visited Emmanuel Secondary School. Dr. Kemme had generously donated the funds for the school desks and he was able to see them occupied and in use. Dr. Kemme sent a few photos and I included two on the school page. Thank you for the visit, Dr. Kemme. You are always welcome!
School began on September 3 and to day we have approximately 100 secondary school students (students are still registering) and we have tentatively begun a primary school. There was a lot of demand for one and Patrick decided, with the assent of the staff, to begin one. We have received some funds that will cover the start up expenses that were unexpected. We thank you for those gifts. Please continue to share the news of this project with your friends and family members.
Director Patrick Magombo texted me today with some more good news! A group from Sweden will be sponsoring 10 orphans to attend Emmanuel Secondary School. The orphans are from Mangochi, a lakeside town in the Southern Region. Patrick’s radio advertising, newspaper advertising and maybe the 8 hours of driving around with a bull horn might have just paid off. What a wonderful gift – to have the privilege of the opportunity to help change the lives of ten orphans. A dream come true.
Director Patrick Magombo recently met with the new staff members of Emmanuel Secondary School. Here are some of them preparing for school!
We have been receiving gifts locally from people here in Greeley, Colorado and from across the country including Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin to mention a few. A huge thank you to everyone who has given. It is truly appreciated. The money goes directly to Malawi to get Emmanuel School up and running. The new Headmaster was speechless with tears when he saw that each of his teachers will have a text book and work book for each subject. Not only that, there are also books for the students! Again, thank you all so very much for your generosity!
There was a need to complete a land purchase, to purchase the remaining desks and finish buying school books and supplies and…..The Wyn and Carol Laidig Foundation graciously supplied the total need with a gift of $8,900! Thank you ever so much. As we say in Malawi, Zikomo Kwambiri!! Here are a couple new photos of Emmanuel School that The Wyn and Carol Laidig Foundation have so graciously helped to become a reality.