School: University studying Education
Birthday: June 4, 1992 Hobbies: Enjoys listening to music and reading
Yearly Sponsorship: Through our Scholarship Program, we provide a scholarship of $1000 per year to help cover the cost of Aonenji’s tuition. Aonenji and/or his family are required to cover the remaining costs for daily living such as boarding, meal program, and school supplies. Your contribution of $35, $50, or $75 per month combined with contributions from other generous donors will allow EKARI to continue to provide an annual scholarship to Aonenji. 10% of your contribution covers EKARI’s operating costs. (Please note: A greater amount of your contribution will be directed to Aonenji if you are able to cover the processing fees.)
Duration of Sponsorship: It is our goal that you will support Aonenji for the entirety of his education. If you are unable to cover the entire cost, we will find a cosponsor(s) for the remaining amount; $35 preferred minimum monthly contribution.
Family History: Aonenji is the 1st born in a family of two children, his father is deceased, and his mother is unable to receive sustained employment due to lack of education. He lived with his vulnerable grandmother for short time, who worked in a high school kitchen in order to pay for partial school fees prior to receiving support from EKARI.
Aonenji is EKARI’s first success story! In June 2012 Aonenji graduated from a local teacher training college with a teaching certificate and became a primary school teacher. The Malawi government does not pay its teachers during the first 6 months of employment. EKARI Foundation therefore granted Aonenji a loan through our Student Loan Program, which he has since paid back in full. Aonenji is currently still teaching while studying for his degree in Education, which will allow him to become a high school teacher and/or school principal in the future.