School Location: Livingstonia, Malawi
Length of bus ride from Frank’s home to school: 8 hours
# of bus rides from home to school: 4 (He travels between home and school only during school breaks – about 4 times a year.)
Birthday: May 14, 1998
Favorite school subject: Social Studies
Favorite song: Gospel Umboni by Grace Chinga
Favorite book: All sorts of novels
Helps at home by: Farming
What education means to Frank: “Education is a system of terminating ignorance and creating successful lives for the better development of the community we live and the nation. This is made possible by the knowledge we get in school which help us to decide choosing the type of life to live.”
Family History: Frank is the third born in a family of five children. Both of his parents are deceased. He is supported by his older brother and sister, who are both married and are subsistence farmers. They did not attend school themselves, but completed odd jobs to try to pay for Frank’s tuition without success. EKARI supported Frank through high school and, with your help, will support his higher education!
Life in Phalombe: Frank is from an extremely poor rural area in the Phalombe District of Malawi. The HIV and AIDS epidemic has damaged the social fabric of entire communities, leaving many children in Malawi without parents. Many families live in small houses made of mud or bricks, with grass thatch or tin roofs, no windows or doors, no electricity or plumbing, and most sleep on the floor without a mat or blanket. A typical diet consists of maize (corn) and sometimes beans and root vegetables. Most family members eat only one meal a day. Families are largely dependent on agriculture for their daily food and income (if they are lucky). Primary education in Malawi is free, but secondary and higher education is not. Therefore, most families are not able to support their children’s education past primary school (8th grade). Those families who can find a way to pay school fees generally can only afford to send their children to community day high schools – schools without electricity or boarding facilities. Most children attending community day high schools walk hours to and from school each day or rent a room at a nearby home, becoming servants of the home – leaving no time for homework. At EKARI, we do everything possible so that the students we support can attend boarding schools allowing them to focus on their education.