November 2018 Update

Social Media Highlight

EKARI’s Student Board for the 2018-19 school year!

In case you missed it on our Facebook page… We have a new Student Board including: President – Dyson N, Vice – Stella K, Board Members/Program Advisers – Haswell N, Catherine C, Falida K, Shepherd C, Chisomo C, Aubrey M, and Biziwick C. Our Student Board represents the voice of the students whom EKARI supports by relaying information to our in-country staff as needed.

Impact Story: Joseph & Maxwell

Congratulations on your new jobs Joseph & Maxwell!

EKARI has supported Joseph and Maxwell since 2010. Both graduated from Phalombe Secondary School in mid-2012 and attended DAPP Teacher Training College starting in late 2013, which provides teachers with the skills needed to successfully teach in rural areas of developing countries. Joseph and Maxwell traveled to 5 countries in southern Africa for extensive practical training during their time at DAPP. Both graduated in late 2016 and found temporary employment at private primary schools in the Phalombe District. As of September 2018, they have both been employed full-time by the government to teach at public primary schools in rural communities in Malawi!

100% Again!

Congratulations Seniors!

We are excited to share that 100% of EKARI-sponsored high school seniors passed their senior-year exam… again! This represents a 100% pass-rate for the 4th year in a row! (This is also terrific news considering that there is a country-wide pass rate of only 63%.) And for the 2nd year in a row, 100% of the seniors qualify for university! This shows that EKARI’s Tutoring, Library, and Mentorship Programs are making a significant impact, allowing students a better chance for attending higher education and increased likelihood of future employment. These students are currently participating in our Computer Program. As first generation college students, they will now start to receive guidance through our Higher Education Preparation Program.

Life Skills

Gift ‘Sukez’ Sukali motivates students to become job creators in their communities.

EKARI is continuously expanding our life skills training. First, through our Mentorship Program we ask exceptional professionals from various fields of work to share their stories to motivate our students. This year we included younger professionals and had Gift ‘Sukez’ Sukali speak with our students. He started his own business while in college and now, only a few years later, has 15 employees. Sukez stressed to our students the importance of becoming ‘job creators’ to help employ fellow people from their communities. Next, we will now offer career guidance through our Apprenticeship Program to students while they are still in college! In the past, we were only able to offer this guidance after a student completed college, which proved difficult for them to find employment within a reasonable time frame.

We are EKARI

EKARI has officially changed its name! We are no longer using the word “Foundation” and are now simply, EKARI. Our work and our mission hasn’t changed, but we have found that the use of the term “foundation” is confusing to some who might expect us to be an organization that provides grants to others. We hope the name change will help clear up the confusion. Our website and email addresses aren’t changing (for now).  You can still find us here at Also, in case you missed it, EKARI has a new informational video about the work we are doing in Malawi.

A Look Ahead: Get Ready for #GivingTuesday

Support EKARI on Giving Tuesday, November 27th!

Join us on Tuesday, November 27 to help kick off our annual GlobalGiving Campaign as we work to expand our efforts to provide lifelong learning skills for over 300 youth and adults in Malawi. This year, your gift will go even further. For this one day only, EKARI will compete for a portion of GlobalGiving’s $150,000 Incentive Fund! Plan to give on Giving Tuesday so that we can earn a higher percentage of this Fund! Please join us and help EKARI achieve our goal to increase our beneficiaries’ problem solving skills and ultimately their self sufficiency. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 27! We will send out a reminder over email and social media.

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