With your support, PIH/Malawi—Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU) can provide the necessary resources for children like Annie and Mary to attend school, where they develop the skills that can ultimately lift them out of poverty. Thank you for your generosity and for making this work possible.
Annie and Mary, classmates in Form 2 at Chifunga Day School Secondary School, in Lower Neno, are both recipients of POSER school support. They are from farming families whose livelihood comes from maize and groundnuts and have 5 and 6 other siblings. They are both only able to be in secondary school because of POSER’s involvement in their lives. As Annie says, “In my family there are [currently] three children in secondary school, so it would be very hard for my parents to pay school fees for me.” Mary notes that it is helpful not only to have fees the paid, but also to receive materials.
They both aspire to become nurses at university after completing secondary school in Chifunga, where Biology and Physical Sciences are favorite subjects. Mary explains that “I work hard at school … so that I can assist patients.”
Thank you for contributing to Partners In Health's Support school costs for children in rural Malawi project on Global Giving. I encourage you to take a minute to read this brief story about a beneficiary of the program -- Chifunilo. With your help, we are providing the basic tools and resources for children like Chifunilo to succeed, thus breaking the cycle of poverty and disease, one community at a time.
Chifunilo lives in rural Lumbe village with his four younger siblings and grandmother. At 17 years old, he is in Form 2 and says “without POSER’s support, I wouldn’t be in school at this time.” He has been receiving support from POSER for three years – since Standard 8 – and all of his siblings are also beneficiaries. This assistance is critical for the family, because as Chifunilo says “even to get soap my family had to do piecework. My grandmother relies on farming, but it is difficult because she is aging. After school we go to the garden to help her.” However, with support, Chifunilo is doing well in school and is thinking about his future. His favorite subjects are Geography, English, and Mathematics, because with Geography “I know about the location of other places, other countries, and about their natural resources.” With good math skills, he knows it “will make it easy for me to be an accountant or to work in the bank.” One day, he “would like to work in an office, especially to work on a computer… I am dreaming of work[ing] in an office like this one. I would like to do the job you are doing yourself, because you are helping us.”
POSER reaches 2,000 vulnerable children in the district each year through its school support initiative. 200 of these are secondary school students, like Chifunilo. These students, in addition to the fee payments to their schools, also receive uniforms, math instruments, rulers, notebooks, and pens. Staff members also build strong connections with the students to support their psychosocial health and provide mentorship and support.
APZU will continue to welcome donations to cover the costs of school fees and materials for secondary school students. Zikomo kwambiri to everyone who has supported this project! You are helping to make a critical difference for children in Neno.
Thank you so much for your support of Partners In Health's project: Support School Costs for Children in Rural Malawi on GlobalGiving. We are excited to share the story below with our generous donors like yourself who have helped to provide the resources that are benefitting children and their families in the communities that we work with.
Kenneth Chiwaya, a student in Form 4 from Donda village in Neno, Malawi, is looking forward to graduating from secondary school in June of 2014. He is 23 years old and has only been able to attend school because of school support provided by Abewenzi Pa Za Umoyo’s Program on Social and Economic Rights. As Kenneth puts it “I am thankful to PIH because I am able to learn everything and I am able to go every day to school. Nothing is … making me go work instead of to school.” He lives with his sister and his grandmother and the family, which turns to the APZU-supported Neno District Hospital for its medical and health needs, has also received support from APZU to renovate their house. Kenneth, appreciating the holistic approach that POSER takes to supporting patients and their families, says the house renovation “has helped us with our life development. Now the house doesn’t leak”
POSER reaches 2,000 vulnerable children in the district each year through its school support initiative. 200 of these are secondary school students, like Kenneth, who, without the support of POSER, would be unable to enroll in school due to school and exam fees. These students, in addition to the fee payments to their schools, also receive uniforms, math instruments, rulers, notebooks, and pens. Staff members also build strong connections with the students to support their psychosocial health and provide mentorship and support.
APZU will continue to welcome donations to cover the costs of school fees and materials for secondary school students and looks forward to sharing another report in early 2014. Zikomo kwambiri to everyone who has supported this project! You are helping to make a critical difference for children in Neno.
Sixteen-year old Bester Stand attends Chikonde Secondary School in Malawi’s rural Neno District. The third-born child in his family, who now lives with his older brother, he says his favorite school subject is English and that he hopes to become a doctor one day. However, before he became involved with APZU’s Program on Social and Economic Rights in 2012, Bester was unable to pay his school fees or to afford school materials. He says that he really appreciates the support he receives from APZU and thinks POSER is very important to many needy people in Neno.
In addition to providing housing support, income-generating and vocational training, and other social support assistance to adults in Neno, POSER reaches 2,000 vulnerable children in the district each year. 200 of these children are teenaged secondary school students and include not only Bester but also 10 of his classmates at Chikonde. With POSER support, their school and exam fees are paid and they receive uniforms, math instruments, and rulers at the beginning of the year as well as notebooks and pens at the beginning of each of three terms. POSER Coordinator Sam Msiska and other staff members also build important and supportive relationships with the students to support their psychosocial health.
APZU will continue to welcome donations to cover the costs of school fees and materials for young students like Bester and his classmates and looks forward to updating this page again next term. In the mean time, zikomo kwambiri to everyone who has supported this project! You are helping to make a critical difference for children in Neno.
We are excited to share a short update on our work to support children in Neno to attend school. We have continued to distribute school supplies to children in our Program on Social and Economic Rights, reaching nearly 2,000 children over this past school year.
In February, the Program on Social and Economic Rights traveled to Mlemeka Primary School, a small school located in the mountains of upper Neno, to distribute school supplies to about 50 children in the program. Rain thundered against the tin sheets of the small school block where parents and children had gathered to receive their school supplies for the term. All of the children are in families who have been determined to be especially vulnerable in need of support; many of them have been impacted by HIV/AIDS both with currently sick family members or family members who have been lost to the illness.
As a PIH staff member read names on the distribution list, parents approached the front of the room to collect the supplies for their children. Exercise books, pens, and pencils—enough supplies for each child to use for the school term. Older students receive math supplies such as protractors and rulers.
Judith, a mother of three school-aged children and a total of seven children, came to Mlemeka to collect her children’s school supplies. “I don’t know how I would survive without POSER help,” she says, clutching a stack of exercise books in one arm and a small child in the other. As a single mother with no husband or family members to help her, she stays very busy taking care of her children and growing crops in her small garden to feed the family. “If [PIH] didn’t help me, I would have to go back to work [to pay for the school supplies.”] Instead, she is able to focus on taking care of her children and PIH ensures her children are able to attend school.
We are continuing to fundraise to cover school fees and school supplies for children in the next term (August 2013). Thank you to everyone who has supported this project. We look forward to continuing to update you on how you are helping to make a difference for children in Neno, Malawi!
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