A New Home for Young Students in Malawi

by EKARI Foundation
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
A New Home for Young Students in Malawi
Beginning to lay foundation for student home
Beginning to lay foundation for student home

We have an exciting update for you, as well as a heartwarming story from two of EKARI's students. We started construction on the Father Joseph Makina home, which will support students' studies by providing them with access to nutrition, sanitation, tutoring programs, and electricity for homework--all of which they can't access without EKARI. Construction began in early March of this year, and it employed 32 people from the community of Phalombe who benefited from the wages they received at each stage of the project, including laying the foundation, building the walls, completing the roof, and installing electricity. This home will allow EKARI students to maintain a supportive environment with quality nutrition and adequate space to do homework, without having to travel long distances from school to their families' homes, thus contributing to EKARI's mission of empowering communities to lead self-sustaining lives that you have contributed to. 

Two students, Chisomo and Carolyn both attend Phalombe secondary school, but their families live hours away. The girls said the new home will be beneficial especially during times when school is not in session, such as holidays, because the existing home was congested and overcrowded. In the existing EKARI home, they were not able to sleep on a bed because the beds took up too much space, thus they slept on mattresses on the floor so that there would be enough room for everyone to sleep. Additionally, the house was so congested, hygiene and sanitation were difficult to implement. The new home will also help prevent students from being distracted by familial and societal pressures, such as pressure to not return to school and to stay in their home villages to make money for their families. Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of June / early July. 

We are so grateful to you, our donors, for helping to fund this new student home, which will give the additional resource of providing a safe space for EKARI students to focus on their studies and graduate from secondary school.

Zikomo/Thank you!

Building the student home
Building the student home
The nearly-finished student home
The nearly-finished student home
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Fr Joseph Makina Home Land
Fr Joseph Makina Home Land

We are so happy to announce that the Fr Joseph Makina Student Home is now sufficiently funded. Thanks to you, our generous donors, we exceeded our original goal to raise $4,500 on GlobalGiving for the students’ home, but we raised over $11,300 in just 33 days! We also received $3,500 in matching funds. Coupled with other fundraising efforts, we have now raised $45,000 in total.

EKARI Foundation initially scheduled the construction for the building to start in July 2017, but we are now ahead of schedule, and we expect to start procuring materials next month in February and start construction in March. Weather permitting and pending the availability of materials, the construction should not take longer than 12 weeks. We will use all local materials, thus contributing to help boost the local economy. We will also source all local labor, thus increasing local employment opportunities.

This home will be a critical resource to provide access to nutrition, sanitation, tutoring programs, and electricity for homework--all of which our students can't access without EKARI. Chisomo, a high school student and EKARI Foundation beneficiary told the local staff in Malawi that the “new home will help us learn how to live together in peace and mutual cooperation. Additionally, students who are in the same class will be able to study together and we will benefit from each other.” Chisomo also said that she thinks the new home will provide a routine for her and her fellow students to feel safe, secure and able to focus on their studies during school holidays.

Not only will this home allow our youth beneficiaries to participate in our complementary student programs outside of the classroom, but the home’s construction will reduce the transmission of airborne diseases and skin diseases which are normally caused by overcrowding and poor sanitation.

We know from experience: without this new home, students can't access our programs; without EKARI's support programs, our students struggle to reach their education goals. We cannot wait to send you updated reports on the progress of the home being built. We will send out a final report once the construction is complete. Thank you again for your generous support of EKARI Foundation’s new student home.

Fr Joseph Makina Home Land
Fr Joseph Makina Home Land

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EKARI Foundation

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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EKARI Foundation
Carly Anderson
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Carly Anderson
Seattle, WA United States

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