Starting 2015 by putting our best foot forward, we’ve hand picked a brand new Steering Committee to take Mizzou for Malawi even further in the coming year. Each member was selected based on their passion and sense of responsibility to promoting education for all children in the global community. Each person brings a fresh take, loads of ideas, and their own unique skills to contribute to the team.
In order to encourage Steering Committee bonding early on this year, we hosted a retreat where old and new members could come together and learn more about each other as well as the children we work so hard for: the students of the Pothawira Village. Pictures from the retreat are below!
We settled on goals for the organization as a whole to accomplish in the next year. We want to make Mizzou for Malawi a campus-wide name at Mizzou, as well as develop strong bonds among the members. We’re also aiming to be fully transparent among each subcommittee and fully utilize each member’s talents. Each person was given a $350 fundraising goal for the year, to be accomplished through canning events, tabling on campus and individual efforts. We’re also aiming to sell more tickets, merchandise and sponsorships than ever before. Lastly, we want to increase activity on all of our social media platforms and continue to engage students, parents and alumni in all of the work we do.
Going forward, we are planning multiple canning events, the first of which will be April 2nd. Mark your calendars! We’re also starting to design new merchandise for the semester, so be on the lookout for pictures and links to those on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Speaking for the entire 2015 SteerCo, this year is going to be one for the books and we absolutely can’t wait to get started!
Happy #MalawiMonday! This past week, the Steering Committee had the pleasure of meeting Peter and Emma Maseko, the founders of the Pothawira Village. They traveled all the way from Salima to come to the states and promote their cause (just a quick 14,096 km trip). Meeting them was inspirational to say the least, and we were able to talk to Peter about all the progress the village and primary school have made in the past year. Here are some highlights!
- Now educating grades K-8 with 8 qualified teachers
- Tuition at Pothawira is roughly 1/5th of other schools in Malawi. $12 per semester to attend
- 110 orphans now live at the Pothawira Village (up from 106!)
- Official school recognized by the Malawian government
- Official examination center recognized by the Malawian government (not only for our school, but neighboring schools can take their exams there as well!)
- The school educates 30 orphans who do not live on the campus. These children are not paying anything, and the Pothawira Academy is providing them with uniforms and supplies.
- Of these 30 orphans, 21 of them are in standard 8 (eighth grade as we know it in the U.S.)
2014 Exam Results:
- 21 standard 8 children took the exam and 12 of them passed!
- Only 3 of the 12 who passed where selected for secondary school
- Pothawira academy is supporting 4 additional orphans to go to a private secondary school (This costs about $500/year)
In the next year M4M wants to….
- Provide the funds for a secondary school! If the Pothawira Academy had its own secondary school, all students who passed the exam could attend secondary school.
- Continue to raise money to support the primary school. It costs roughly $2,500 a month to operate the school (paying teachers, supplies, etc.)
- Work with Peter, Emma and the Global Orphan Project to help the Pothawira students to obtain scholarships for secondary school and community orphans to attend school.
- Raise enough money to provide the village with electricity. They submitted an application to the electric company, however the 500kw transformer that is required costs roughly $15,000.
The Steering Committee members have been working tirelessly to put together an amazing fall fundraiser and raise money for the children of the Pothawira village. We wanted to share all of the reasons we feel so passionately about our cause, and why you should too! Here are 29 reasons, one from each member of SteerCo, to support Mizzou for Malawi.
- Education can be the pathway to freedom, success and equality. We provide that for children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it, from halfway around the world. – Taylor Reid
- Because the children in Malawi are just like children in the US: they have dreams, passions and wishes for the future. By giving them the opportunity for an education, the sky is the limit for their future. – Erika Trombley
- To be privileged with the opportunity of working with children who have experienced such a different walk of life than myself and being able to serve them in whatever way possible. – Louie Kaczmarek
- Mizzou for Malawi gives opportunities. With education these children have the opportunity to grow and escape poverty. They can change the world. – Marcy Toni
- We can extend our passions to give these children a bright future half way around the world! – Allison Watkins
- You know you’re part of a truly special organization when you meet the founders of the Pothawira village and all you can manage to do is thank them over and over again. All of our hard work and dedication here at Mizzou is nothing compared to what they do each and every day in Malawi, so just being a single tiny piece of that puzzle is an honor. – Jenn Croft
- Anything we do to help these kids shows them we are on their side. Even though the odds are against them, we can equip them to break the cycle and rise above their circumstances. – Jillian Mullin
- Any organization that works to give children the opportunity to learn, explore, and develop the skills necessary to follow their dreams is a cause worth working with and Mizzou for Malawi does just that. – Melanie Pittaluga
- Because I was lucky enough to get an education and it’s only right that I give that back to others. – Meghan Lake
- Being able to provide a loving, nurturing environment for the children of the Pothawira Village is truly inspiring. Giving over 100 orphans not only an education, but a better life is the best feeling in the world. – Maddy Weinert
- Lack of education is one of the biggest hangups in human progression and giving these kids the chance to become educated is a small way I can personally say I’ve helped advance humanity. – GL Richardson
- I love being a part of something bigger than myself and helping others have a brighter future. It reminds me to be grateful for all I have and give back to someone else. – Marissa Anz
- Because we are giving the children of Malawi the biggest gift of all, the gift of education. And with education they have the ability to change the world. – Reena Bhagat
- It’s unique and personal. – Alex Mallot
- Because I love seeing what our efforts are going towards in the pictures of all the happy, smiling kids. It lets me know I’m making a difference. – Kali Boland
- You don’t even have to ask, you already know it’s true: Every single one of us Steering Committee members is beyond proud to be a part of this organization. – Tess Rusbarsky
- Because with Mizzou for Malawi, we get to see the change that we make in the lives and education of children. – Caroline Kennard
- M4M allows me to enhance the spectrum of opportunities for children who need it most. Not to mention doing so with 30 of my best friends. – Michael Baldetti
- Because knowledge is power and empowering children to change their lives empowers me. – Caroline O’Reilly
- We all want to make a difference. – Kelly Moyers
- M4M is powerful because it’s tangible; having the opportunity to be in direct contact with the children and volunteers fuels ours efforts and makes the meaning behind the work so much more impacting. – Hannah Morrey
- Taking a few hours a week to change someone else’s live gives you a new and amazing perspective on the world. – Morgan Ramos
- I believe everyone should have the same opportunity I was blessed with. – Zach Nichols
- Giving hope to these children and their futures is so important. Spending a few hours a week doing service for them is the least we can do and we have so much fun doing it. – Frankiejo Grippi
- Because the power of education can change the world. – Lindsey Vigoda
- I just love that Mizzou for Malawi has created a passion for all of us and we are able to spread that passion and dedication to our community members, while also fueling a passion for education all the way across the world. – Kristin Halford
- Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Elliott Voss/Nelson Mandela
- Mizzou for Malawi is a living testament that college kids from Missouri can have profound impacts on children they may never meet. It also proves that children in Malawi, Africa can have profound impacts on students they may never meet. – Nathan Hansen
- Because with education, you can change a nation. Mizzou for Malawi creates real change. – Hannah Satterlee
In our last blog, we taught everyone how to say “hello” in the native language of Malawi. This post comes with a new vocab word, Chisangalalo! It means celebration in Chichewa, and we want YOU to come to Mizzou for Malawi’s big “celebration”. Chisangalalo is our annual fall fundraiser, and you definitely won’t want to miss it.
Here’s what you need to know:
WHO – Mizzou for Malawi and you!
WHAT – Chisangalalo! A celebration of the education Mizzou for Malawi has been able to provide for the children of the Pothawira Village. There will be a live DJ, food and karaoke!
WHERE – BBCII in downtown Columbia (Need help finding it? Click here)
WHEN – November 6th from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
WHY – To dance your butt off, sing your heart out and raise money for some amazing little people!
HOW – Tickets are only $5!!!!! You can buy one anytime from any SteerCo member, in Speaker’s Circle on October 28th and 29th and November 4th, 5th and 6th from 10-3:30, at the MSA box office in the Student Center, or at the door on the night of the event!
Ceeeeeelebrate good times, come on!
Moni! That means “hello” in Chichewa, the national language of Malawi. After a summer of hard work and planning, our Steering Committee is proud to kickoff this fall with a number of cool updates!
As a Steering Committee, we set a fundraising goal for ourselves. Each member is raising a minimum of $200 to send to the Pothawira village in Malawi. If you’re interested in donating to the cause as a whole, email email@example.com for more information, or visit any of the Steering Committee’s GoFundMe pages to help us reach our personal goals! Every single cent truly does help us to make a difference.
Next, our merchandise committee has been working on some hot new apparel! Look for us in Speaker’s Circle to purchase any of our awesome gear, and make sure to wear it on #MalawiMondays. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out when we’ll be tabling on campus, and look out for new Chisangalalo apparel coming very soon! The Steering Committee also received new soft-shell SteerCo jackets so we can represent our Malawi love all winter long!
The PR committee has come up with a few new social media campaigns! Look for our SteerCo Spotlight every week to find out more about why we all love Mizzou for Malawi. We’re also on Instagram now! Follow us for updates on fundraising, the child of the week, and even fun Chichewa vocabulary.
The events committee has been tirelessly planning our BIG fall event, Chisangalalo! This means “celebration” in Chichewa. The official date will be…drumroll please…November 6th at BBCII downtown! Keep checking back for more updates as the Steering Committee starts selling tickets and merchandise for the event. If you’re a business interested in partially sponsoring Mizzou for Malawi (you get your name on a sweet t-shirt and can feel warm and fuzzy about helping orphans) email firstname.lastname@example.org!
This week is an exciting one for Mizzou for Malawi! Monday, the 21st kicks off Malawi Week – a week full of profit shares and our much anticipated spring event “Cooking for a Cause.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with profit shares, each day of the week there will be a new restaurant partnering with Mizzou for Malawi and donating a percentage of their profit from that day. On Monday, stop by Shakespeare’s Pizza and show THIS FLYER. They’ll donate 15% of your total to M4M! On Tuesday, make sure to get to Chipotle from 4:30-9:00 and show THIS FLYER to donate 50% of the cost of your burrito. Wednesday will be our Cooking for a Cause BBQ! The event will be from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Tiger Plaza! Tickets are $5 if you purchase them from any SteerCo member and the event will feature loads of fun, food and fundraising! If you’re still not full on Thursday, make sure to visit Red Mango for some frozen yogurt! Don’t forget to mention Mizzou for Malawi when you’re at the register.
In addition to our week of events, Mizzou for Malawi Steering Committee members will be selling merchandise in Speaker’s Circle all week long. You can also find M4M apparel at Cooking for a Cause on Wednesday, so make sure you don’t miss it!
Get to know Emma Maseko, Peter Maseko’s wife in M4M’s second weekly spotlight.
Peter is the medical officer and pastor, but what about his wife, Emma Maseko? Emma, like Peter, made a huge sacrifice by donating all of her time and energy to helping the Salima community. While Peter is the father, Emma is the mother to not only her 8 children, but to all of the orphans who call the Pothawira Village home.
Emma is the manager of all of the orphan homes and manages all of the Mommas who oversee the orphans. There are currently 10 Mommas, one for every ten children and two infants. These women, like all those who commute and work at the village are volunteers.
Emma Maseko helps care for all of these children and helps to ensure their continued care and furthered education.She makes sure they are fed, clothed and that they always do their homework, just like our own mothers!