Vera is a Form 4 (Senior) at Nsondole Community Day Secondary School. Her favorite subjects are math, geography, and biology. She feels she is an important member of the community because people in her community see her as an educated person who can give back. As a female, Vera doesn't have many role models. She hopes to complete her education and start giving back to her community soon.
This unusual tree looks like it has been planted upside down, and has many African tales associated with it. Today it’s being used for many different things, it is even considered a superfood. However, like many other species of plants in Malawi, the Baobab tree is endangered. The pressures of poverty force many Malawians to burn these increasingly rare trees for fuel.
Businesses in Malawi need electricity to be successful in day to day tasks. But too often, the lights are turned off and owners and consumers are held at a stand still with few options.
"My dream foods to eat in a day would be for breakfast; I would take a cup of tea with rice." This week, James, a 22 year old recent graduate of Nsondole CDSS, shares his story of food, family, and school. His family farms for a living, but they struggle to feed themselves, while also putting two students through school.
"School is very important for me because it will help me become a good business woman and know which business to invest in...I want to see my community developed and if I am educated, I can be able to help." Read the story of how Herrietta, age 17, Form 1, feels about schools, pads, and being comfortable in class.
This week’s story dives a little deeper into the personal life of one of our students. Odala is the epitome of a student that thrived when he was given the opportunities and chance to. Recently, he was able to pass the national Examinations and graduate high school. Learn more about Odala by reading this account of a typical day in his life.
When people travel, they sometimes have a preconceived notion on what to expect. At other times they go through a period of culture shock. But when you take the time to actually make your traveling worth something, one that you can remember many years down the road, and how much you learned and grew as an individual, that is an extremely priceless thing to have. Joua, one of our Story Time volunteers shares her first hand experience of when she first went to Malawi:
“The children are our future” could never be so relatable to relatively young country like Malawi. With the average population age being 20 years old, these children are ready to do great things. The members of this community feel very strongly that the portrayal of helplessness, in the face of poverty, is not an accurate depiction of their reality.