Rynet B.

School: University studying for Bachelor in Public Health (started Aug 2017)

School Location: Thyolo, Malawi

Length of bus ride from Rynet’s home to school: 2 hours

# of bus rides from home to school: (He travels between home and school only during school breaks – about 4 times a year)

Birthday: August 12, 1995

Hobby: Playing soccer

Favorite school subject: Environmental Health

Favorite song: Local Malawian music

Favorite book: Chemistry books

Helps at home by: Working in the fields, teaching other siblings

What education means to Rynet: “Education is the act of acquiring knowledge for the better.”

Family History: Rynet is the eldest of four siblings. His parents died when Rynet was very young. His grandmother cares for him and his younger siblings who are in primary school, which is free in Malawi. Several years ago, Rynet’s aunt sold firewood in order to help pay for Rynet’s high school tuition, but she struggled to pay the school fees for her own children and for Rynet. EKARI stepped in and supported Rynet through high school and, with your help, will support his higher education!

Life in Phalombe: Rynet 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.   

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