School: Senior at Private Boarding High School
School Location: Blantyre, Malawi
Length of bus ride from Hastings’s home to school: 2 hours
Number of bus rides from home to school: 2 (He travels between home and school only during school breaks – about 4 times a year.)
Birthday: November 23, 2000
Hobby: Listening to music
Favorite school subject(s): Math and biology
Favorite song: Worship Again by Michael W Smith
Favorite book: Science books
Helps at home by: Farming and with small-scale businesses
What education means to Hastings: “Education is very important to me because it will make me be self reliant, thereby I can be able to assist my family and community as a whole.”
His teachers say: “Hastings is brilliant in all subjects.”
Family History: Hastings is the middle child in a family of three children. His younger sibling is in primary school, which is free in Malawi. His older sibling is married, did not complete her education, and focuses on farming. Hastings father is deceased and he lives with his mother who operates a small business selling baked goods. Hastings helps with this family business. Hastings sought support from EKARI knowing that if his mother did not have to worry about his tuition, she would be able to provide food and basic necessities for his siblings. With your support, Hastings will be able to continue his education.
Life in Phalombe: Hastings 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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