Timothy K.

School: University studying for Bachelor of Accounting (started Feb 2018)

School Location: Limbe, Malawi

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

# of bus rides from home to school: 2 (He travels between home and school only during school breaks – about 4 times a year)

Birthday: April 24, 1998

Hobby: Admiring nature and listening to music

Favorite school subject: Microeconomics

Favorite song: Spiritual gospel music

Favorite book: Mathematics books

Helps at home by: Cooking and farming

What education means to Timothy: Education simply means gaining experience and knowledge that helps us to improve our livelihoods and our communities.”

Family History: Timothy is the eldest in a family of five children. Both parents are subsistence farmers who did not receive an education and cannot afford to pay for school fees or even basic necessities for the children. His second eldest sibling is of high school age, but is not able to attend because his parents cannot afford tuition fees. His other siblings are in primary school, which is free in Malawi. EKARI supported Timothy through high school and, with your help, will support his higher education.

Life in Phalombe: Timothy 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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