In case you missed in on our Facebook page… Storey became a staff member! In 2014, Storey helped construct EKARI’s community building. After completion, he was unable to find a job and dedicated his time to maintaining the grounds around our building despite not being paid. We are happy to announce that Storey is now a part-time employee! Click here to learn how you can sponsor Storey.
Mable is EKARI’s Program Coordinator. After interning with EKARI in 2015, she became a full-time employee and began managing our Adult Literacy and Sustainable Livelihoods Programs. Mable has gone above and beyond her expected responsibilities. She now participates in local Village Savings and Loan co-ops (VSLs) in order to encourage EKARI’s beneficiaries to save money. She is currently in the process of saving money to support a local student whom EKARI was not able to support and to assist her sister with transport costs to and from school. Mable is a stellar member of EKARI. Her devotion and effort towards EKARI is unbelievable and we value her strong work ethic.
Most students started back to school on September 5, with the exception of our recent high school graduates who are participating in our Computer Program while they await their final exam results. High school graduates of 2015 (Rhoda, John, Chrispine, and Stanley) have begun attending college! This year EKARI is grateful to be able to support 14 new students including Annes, Aubrey, Biziwick, Caroyln, Chisomo, Dorothy, Dyson, Hastings, Haswell, Innocent, Memory, Olive, Shepherd, and Wilson. Before heading back to school, EKARI provided all students with school supplies such as new school bags and mosquito beds.
In 2013, our EKARI team created a Malawi Student Board of Directors to represent the voices of students supported by EKARI Foundation. In addition, Elias, our In-Country Director, selected one student for each of our Complementary Student Programs to encourage leadership skills among our students. As a committee they help relay information between students and our in-country staff. This year Elias appointed Rhoda (Secretary), Promise (Vice Secretary), Blessings (President), Gertrude (Vice Discipline Adviser), Charles (Discipline Adviser), Stella (Vice President), Tereza (Treasurer), Obed (Vice Treasurer), Lazarous (Educational Adviser), and Memory (Vice Educational Adviser) to our student board.
In August, EKARI hosted our annual community meeting to inform the community about our work and relevant development topics. Those in attendance included EKARI beneficiaries, their guardians, Malawi Board of Directors, U.S. Executive Director, local chiefs and teachers, District Commissioner (who gave a speech highly commending EKARI’s work), Member of Parliament, EKARI field office staff, and community residents. In order for local chiefs to better understand the scope of our work, we displayed items that EKARI distributes to support our beneficiaries’ well-being during the school year. The cooperatives we support also displayed their products – scones, tomatoes, and chickens. The Linguni Youth Organization performed several skits to educate the audience about early pregnancy, early marriage, and HIV/AIDS.
October 5 was World Teacher’s Day. It aims “to mobilize support for teachers and ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers,” which is one of EKARI’s goals as well. As part of our Mentorship Program, the University lecturer that we work with conducts training sessions with the local teachers we contract with for our Tutoring Program. The lecturer imparts skills to the teachers regarding how to teach so that students comprehend what they are learning rather than simply memorizing. Our goal is first and foremost for the tutoring teachers to use these skills during EKARI’s Tutoring Program and then to take these skills to the classroom in order to benefit many other youth in the Phalombe community.