School Location: Nguludi, Malawi
Length of bus ride from Michael’s home to school: 3 hours
# of bus rides from home to school: 2 (He travels between home and school only during school breaks – about 4 times a year.)
Birthday: July 25, 1998
Hobby: Listening to gospel music
Favorite school subject(s): Business studies
Favorite song: Any gospel music
Favorite book: Novels of all sorts
Helps at home by: Farming
What education means to Michael: “To me education is important because in time I will be independent and be able to do things logically.”
His teachers say: “He is a well behaved boy and likes to interact with friends to learn from them and to further his studies.”
Family History: Michael is from a large family. He is the eighth born in a family of nine children. He is the only child in school. Both of his parents and older siblings are subsistence farmers who did not receive an education and cannot afford to pay for school fees or even basic necessities for their children. EKARI supported Michael through high school and, with your help, will support his higher education.
Life in Phalombe: Michael 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.