In case you missed it on our Facebook page… Madalitso has been employed as an irrigation officer at a large farming company near the Phalombe district. This is his first permanent position and is relevant employment for Madalitso! He graduated a few years ago with a diploma in Irrigation Technology.
Elias Makina, EKARI’s In-Country Director, visited Seattle in September for donor presentations, fundraising discussions, and program development work. Elias and our Seattle team shared project updates with the Emerald City, Mercer Island, and Seattle International District Rotary Clubs. They also made presentations at two partner schools – Our Lady of Fatima, and Christ the King in Seattle. We conducted an online fundraising event to showcase our new informational video. With generous support from our donors, we met a $2,500 match from our Board of Directors raising over $7,500 for our programs! We gave away a vacation to Zimbabwe and Tanzania as well as to Washington’s Alderbrook Resort. Check out our new video!
EKARI has started hosting debates through our Mentorship Program, where the students we support participate three nights a week during their school breaks. The English teacher whom we contract with through our Tutoring Program conducts the sessions and meets with the students prior to the actual debates to provide them with skills training. The goal of the debates is to equip our students with knowledge and skills in communications; critical, creative, and innovative thinking; and decision making as well as to be fluent English speakers. Our students are not only becoming more assertive and courageous leaders, they are also becoming more open-minded individuals as they listen to one other and consider points of view other than their own.
Jacquelita is a Crop and Soil Scientist by profession. She starting working at EKARI’s field office in March 2018. She is a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy obtained from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and has field experience working with farmers to improve and manage their crops and soils. As the Agriculture Coordinator at EKARI, her duties include managing victory gardens, providing training to farmers on new farming practices, and providing follow-up counseling to farmers throughout the year. She will use her expertise and passion to help EKARI’s beneficiaries and the surrounding communities to achieve bumper yields and zero hunger.