Pothawira Village Update

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!

Our school:

  • 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.
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