Since the beginning of 2017 the EKARI team has been in the process of revising our mission statement to better align with the foundation’s long-term goals. After careful discernment and consideration, we have changed our mission statement from “educating Malawians towards self-dependency” to “educating Malawians out of extreme poverty into livelihood.” Our revised mission statement refines our goals and is necessary for furthering EKARI’s ambitions.
It is important that EKARI supporters understand the difference between poverty and extreme poverty. According to the World Bank, poverty is defined as anyone who lives below the international poverty line and survives on less than $1.90 per day. Theoretically, people living in poverty have access to shelter, food, clean water, and basic services provided by the government or private entities. On the other hand, people who live in extreme poverty are severely deprived of basic human needs and often do not have access to service aids.
Our goal is to educate Malawians out of extreme poverty and into livelihood. Livelihood can be defined as a means of securing the necessities of life; the opposite of extreme poverty. We believe this process begins with providing access to quality and relevant education that will lead to stable paying jobs or the start of businesses allowing our beneficiaries to meet their basic needs on their own accord.