School: University studying for Bachelor in Manufacturing Engineering (will start fall 2019)
School Location: Thyolo, Malawi
Length of bus ride from Promise’s home to school: 3 hours
Number of bus rides from home to school: 2
Birthday: December 16, 1999
Hobby: Watching and playing soccer
Favorite school subject(s): Math
Favorite song: Hang with Me by Avicii
Favorite book: Introduction to General and Biological Chemistry by Robert Quellette
Helps at home by: Farming and household chores
What education means to Promise: “Education, to me, is the process of learning things which at the end help us live with people in harmony and also help us acquire knowledge to assist others in the community.”
Family History: Promise is the youngest of four siblings. Both of his parents are deceased. His brother and grandmother take care of Promise. His siblings are all married and are subsistence farmers who did not receive an education and cannot afford to pay for school fees or even basic necessities for their own children, let alone Promise. EKARI supported Promise through high school and, with your help, will support his higher education!
Life in Phalombe: Promise 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.