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.