EKARI Foundation Beneficiary - Stella
For our latest report on EKARI Foundation's Tutoring Program, we are focusing on a special student of ours: Stella. Stella is from a family of six children. Both of her parents are alive, but they are subsistence farmers who cannot afford to pay for school fees or even basic necessities for their children. Stella is now a sophomore in high school. Before she attended secondary school with assistance from EKARI, she told our Malawi In-Country Director that she "struggled to understand math and English. But now, thanks to EKARI’s Tutoring Program, my comprehension is increasing."
The Tutoring Program is essential because it provides students support outside of class, especially for difficult subjects including math, English and biology. Stella was also having a hard time with biology, but after attending multiple tutoring sessions, she scored an 87 in biology.
The Tutoring Program provides critical small group and private tutoring assistance to students who are sponsored by EKARI. Typically, students do not get 1:1 attention in their classrooms because there are an average of 75 students or more per class. As one of six children in her family, Stella is grateful for the opportunities EKARI has provided her. Her goal is to become a medical doctor, and she said that her and her fellow students "can now learn to improve our communities, and that I can be a role model for my community, so others will look up to me and achieve their own goals." With EKARI’s support, Stella will continue her education.
Additionally, Stella had the chance to visit another EKARI program that supports adult literacy classes. After she saw the impact that the classes have on that village, Stella approached the directors of EKARI several times and asked that EKARI opens an adult literacy class in her village. She understands the importance of education and adamantly wants her family and community to receive an adult education.
We are so grateful to you, our supporters, who give Stella the hope she needs to thrive. EKARI Foundation cannot exist without you, and we hope that you have a joyous holiday season.