August 2017 Update

Social Media Highlight

Michigan students volunteering with EKARI!

In case you missed it on our Facebook page… Each year in May and June, a group of engineering students from the University of Michigan travel to Malawi to volunteer with EKARI. Our 3rd group volunteered with us this year! They tutored senior year students for their year-end exam; this exam is the sole decider of whether or not a student will go onto college. To learn more, click here.


Impact Story: Harvest Doubles!
As part of our Sustainable Livelihoods Program, i​n mid 2016, EKARI offered extensive agriculture training and support to the community groups we work with. Mable, EKARI’s Community Programs Coordinator, and local agriculture officers conducted monthly visits (extension services) during the planting, growing, and harvesting seasons. EKARI granted farming input loans to the community groups to help them get back on their feet after the 2015 floods and drought in early 2016. The yields from the farmers’ harvest in 2017 have doubled or even tripled, indicating just how important these services were for them! Most will be able to feed their families for the entire year! Edwin’s harvest (see video) went from 8 bags to 32 bags!

Sponsors Still Needed

Your support will help students like Patricia chase their dreams!

We have several beneficiaries who are in need of sponsors so they may continue their education! You have the opportunity to support Patricia as she pursues a Bachelors in Banking and Finance at University. Patricia is the youngest of three children, and her mother lacks the resources to support her financially through this journey. If you are unable to provide full support, then we will happily match you with other co-sponsors, so students like Patricia can chase their dreams! Our need is immediate. Our goal is for all students to be sponsored by August 15. Please let us know if you are interested!


Meet Jacqueline

Jacqueline will be a great asset for the EKARI family!

We would like to introduce you to Jacqueline Chulu, EKARI’s new Entrepreneurship Coordinator! Jacqueline has a degree in Agricultural Education from the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and field experience working with small business groups. She will have many duties in her new role with EKARI, including monitoring existing small community agriculture and livestock business groups as well as supporting new and existing entrepreneurs as they develop and grow. We are excited to see how her expertise and passion will help our beneficiaries and our surrounding community to become more independent and confident in their abilities!

Meet Christopher

Welcome Chris to the EKARI family!

We would like to introduce yet another addition to the EKARI family: Christopher Loti, our new Youth Programs Coordinator! Christopher will be managing EKARI’s Sponsor a Student Program and Complementary Student Programs. Before working with EKARI, Christopher served as a secondary school teacher at Nzeru Independent Secondary School in Blantyre. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree from Mzuzu University, which he uses to compliment his passion to influence young minds. Christopher is passionate about using education to positively impact struggling youth and we are so very lucky to have him!


Annual Event 2017

INVITATION COMING SOON!

We will host our fundraising event at Central Cinema on October 8, 2017 from 12:30pm – 3:00pm! We will focus on how EKARI works to instill a sense of hope and self-empowerment in our beneficiaries so that they feel capable of living independent of aid. Entitled Growing Minds: Building Independence, it will be an eye-opening and entertaining afternoon — we hope to see you there! Click here for more information.

 

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