In case you missed in on our Facebook page… Rhoda is studying at the Kamuzu College of Nursing to earn a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery! The Kamuzu College of Nursing is part of the University of Malawi, and the university itself is incredibly difficult to gain acceptance to. Rhoda is the first EKARI student to attend the University of Malawi and we are so very proud of her! Congratulations Rhoda!
Frank’s parents left Malawi when he was very young to work in Mozambique and never came back. Frank has lived with his grandparents ever since. According to his knowledge, he is the only child in his family. Frank’s grandfather used to pay for Frank’s tuition from his salary as a watchman, but Frank’s grandfather was dismissed from his job because he was slowly going blind. With EKARI’s support, Frank graduated high school in July 2016, passed his senior year exam, and is now applying to higher education institutions!
We once again participated in GlobalGiving’s Year End Campaign. This year we raised funds to build a new home in Malawi for EKARI students. Our original goal was to raise $4,500 and begin building in July 2017. Thanks to our generous supporters we exceeded our goal by raising $11,350 in just 33 days! On top of that, we received nearly $3,500 in matching funds on Giving Tuesday. We did not receive any bonus prizes, but placed 27 out of 582 completing projects. Coupled with our other fundraising efforts, we have now raised $45,000 in total and will begin building ahead of schedule in either January or February 2017 depending on the availability of materials and weather! Watch for progress updates!
We are thrilled to announce that we had a 100% pass rate among EKARI sponsored seniors for the 2nd year in a row (for the 2015-16 school year)! Moreover, our Effectiveness Rate increased to 95%, which means that the majority of our students moved onto the next grade level, passed his/her end-0f-year exams the first time, graduated from high school, obtained higher education, or obtained employment. Our Tutoring Program and Library Program are making a significant impact on EKARI students, allowing them a better chance for attending higher education and increased likelihood of future employment.
In an attempt to help prevent our students from being harassed or injured, EKARI invited Veronica, a community member who teaches self-defense courses, to provide education to our students about how to protect themselves from an attacker. Veronica defined self-defense as anything that an individual can say or do that can help someone stay safe, emphasizing that the primary goal of self-defense is “to get away”. Veronica demonstrated multiple ways in which girls could use their physical strength to defend themselves, while also expressing the importance of yelling for help, trying to negotiate, and grabbing other’s attention. This course was aimed for our female students who are often faced with verbal and sometimes physical abuse while traveling between school and home.
January 16 is the Martin Luther King National Day of Service. Although EKARI Foundation serves those most in need in Malawi, Africa, our team recognizes the importance of serving those who need support here at home in the U.S. This year EKARI board members and volunteers will volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska in Seattle. We work in the communal areas of the House alongside the families as they go about their day. RMHC is a nonprofit organization which provides free temporary housing and meals for families whose children are receiving long-term medical treatment in hospitals 45 miles from their home. Click here to learn how you can become involved in your community.