Thank you for an amazing decade! You provided a high school and university education to more than 80 students; supported tens of thousands of youth from the broader community with programs outside of the classroom; and supplied financial, agriculture, and literacy training to hundreds of adults living in Malawi.
Because of the continued generosity of EKARI's donors this year, the 47 students EKARI was directly supporting in late 2019 will finish their studies at their respective high schools and universities!
In addition, EKARI provided 7 tuition-only scholarships to Malawi universities to support more students in need. Moreover, EKARI fulfilled a grant request to supply over 30 tablets to nursing students participating in hybrid learning at a Malawi university.
Thank you a million times over for helping us fulfill our mission! The students and communities EKARI supported over the past decade will be able to use the knowledge and skills they have gained to build a life that removes them from the cycle of poverty.
CAROLYN, FALIDA, HASWELL, HASTINGS, BIZIWICK, AUBREY Previously, we reported that three of the 10 students who graduated from high school in 2019 had started university. Six of the seven remaining students will continue their education soon!
Carolyn chose to repeat high school to improve her exam scores and increase her chances of being accepted to university.
Falida will study Nutrition at a local training institution that works to reduce poverty among underprivileged youth by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to sustainably develop the rural communities of Malawi.
Haswell, Hastings, Biziwick, and Aubrey were selected to attend university to study for their Bachelor's Degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Electronics and Telecom Engineering, Nursing and Midwifery, and Biomedical Engineering, respectively.
The tenth and final student is waiting to hear back about a few applications and continues to apply to higher education institutions in Malawi.
Three of the 10 students who graduated in 2019 started university in February; namely Shepherd, Dyson, and Chisomo! They are studying for their Bachelor's of Social Sciences, Environmental Management, and Food Security and Nutrition, respectively.
We expect four more students from the current cohort to receive acceptance letters in April. The remaining three students continue to apply with support from our consultant in Phalombe. Our highest priority right now is ensuring that these students will continue their education at a higher education institution.
While the seven students eagerly wait to receive their acceptance letters, several are working as part-time teachers at local primary schools.
Olive, Biziwick, Hastings, Dyson, Aubrey, Carolyn, Haswell, Falida, Chisomo, and Shepherd have started applying to universities in Malawi!
Because all are first generation college students, they need assistance navigating the application process. EKARI's consultant in Phalombe supports the students by first assessing their exam scores and professional interests. Based on this assessment, the consultant then recommends to each student which accredited universities would be the best for him/her to apply to. The consultant then sits with each student and helps him/her complete the applications. EKARI covers the application fees and postage costs. Students are in the process of applying to three to five colleges each. The students will start university in 2020.
100 percent of EKARI's senior year cohort passed their final exams! Congratulations to all 10 students - Olive, Biziwick, Hastings, Dyson, Aubrey, Carolyn, Haswell, Falida, Chisomo, and Shepherd! This represents a 100 percent pass-rate for the 5th year in a row for EKARI students! In comparison, the country-wide pass rate in Malawi was only 50 percent.
And for the 3rd year in a row, 100 percent of the seniors qualify for university! As first generation college students, they will now start to receive guidance through EKARI's Higher Education Preparation Program. The students will start university in early to mid 2020. At that time, EKARI will support 45 university students.
Let's not forget our past cohorts! The seven students from the 2018 senior year cohort are now studying nursing, accountancy, information science and technology, environmental management, social and development studies, manufacturing engineering, and journalism!
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