HOW WE H.E.L.P.

H.E.L.P. continues to affirm our commitment to the community of Malawi with new and ongoing sustainable projects and programs. Working together with tribal chiefs, community, international partners and Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS), we are constantly evolving, adding new sustainable projects and goals to help ensure a better quality of life for everyone in the Malawian community.

CURRENT PROJECTS


NANTHOMBA FULL PRIMARY SCHOOL

Completed by H.E.L.P. in 2008, Nanthomba Full Primary School has repeatedly been selected by the Malawian District Education Manager’s Office as the best primary school out of 153 schools in the Balaka District and third best in the country. Originally started with 320 students, Nanthomba now has more than 1,000.

NANDUMBO HEALTH CENTER

In order to help address Malawi’s myriad of health issues, H.E.L.P. partnered with the Malawian Ministry of Health, along with several committed donors, including CAWS, Peace Corps Volunteers, Options, MedWish International and Bob Swan of Hosanna Church, to build the Nandumbo Health Care Center. Since its opening in 2010, the Nandumbo Health Center serves a community of more than 25,000 and continues to treat around 250 patients a day.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

H.E.LP. is committed to increasing access to public secondary education to students from our Nanthomba school and sister schools through our scholarship program.

The tuition for public secondary school per student is $570 a year ($2,280 for all four years) and includes exam fees, a bike for transportation (if needed), a uniform, medical care and basic school supplies. While this cost may seem trivial to us, it is often nearly equal to the gross national income per capita of just $340 per year. Because there is also a shortage of secondary schools in Malawi, our long-term goal is to help build a new secondary school for the community.

To date, H.E.L.P. has provided scholarships to 446 students, of which 59 H.E.L.P. sponsored students have graduated from secondary education and 8 have gone on to tertiary/university.

Access to tertiary/university education in Malawi faces stiff competition because of fees and limited space in public institutions. Only a few candidates are accepted. Public tertiary/universities in Malawi include University of Malawi with its constituent colleges of Chancellor College, Bunda College of Agriculture, The Malawi Polytechnic, Kamuzu College of Nursing, and a College of Medicine; Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST); and Mzuzu University apart from technical colleges and teacher training colleges.

H.E.L.P. is sponsoring students to Malawi University of Science and Technology, Machinga Teacher Training College and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources - Bunda College.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

To further develop student performance, reduce dropout rates and provide marketable skills to students, H.E.L.P., in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), committed teachers, teacher trainees and volunteers facilitate supplementary programs after regular school hours. These programs remain central to the quality education H.E.L.P. is promoting in rural Malawi.

Over 450 students from Nanthomba School remain for afterschool activities. Taking place in the MDM Center and classrooms, classes include English Activity Club (EAC), tailoring, jewelry-making, music, life skills and computer class three days a week. In addition, since students do not eat lunch during the school day, H.E.L.P. created an afterschool feeding program to ensure each child in the afterschool classes is provided a nutritious meal. These meals are prepared and served in the Michael A. Finelli Sr. Family Kitchen.

To further develop student performance, reduce dropout rates and provide marketable skills to students, H.E.L.P., in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), committed teachers, teacher trainees and volunteers facilitate supplementary programs after regular school hours. These programs remain central to the quality education H.E.L.P. is promoting in rural Malawi.

Over 450 students from Nanthomba School remain for afterschool activities. Taking place in the MDM Center and classrooms, classes include English Activity Club (EAC), tailoring, jewelry-making, music, life skills and computer class three days a week. In addition, since students do not eat lunch during the school day, H.E.L.P. created an afterschool feeding program to ensure each child in the afterschool classes is provided a nutritious meal. These meals are prepared and served in the Michael A. Finelli Sr. Family Kitchen.

Community Center and Family Kitchen

The MDM Center and Michael A. Finelli Sr. Kitchen facilities, equipped with a rain catchment system and solar power support H.E.L.P.'s growing educational programs and outreach efforts within the community. These facilities are also open to the community to be used for celebrations, meetings and environmental programs.

ORPHAN CARE

Chifundo Orphan and Daycare Center, in partnership with the Joyce Banda Foundation, greatly impacts the engagement and retention of both girls and boys in primary schools. The center serves children ages 2-5, permitting older siblings or guardians the opportunity to attend school.

COMMUNITY LIBRARY

William Kamkwamba Community Library continues to serve thousands of students at Nanthomba School as well as the entire community around it. It is one of the only community libraries in the country. The library is stocked with donated books from Malawi National Library Services, African Libraries Project, Read to Grow, The School Aid, Patrice Mishinga and individuals.

TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM

In its quest to continue providing quality education to children in rural Malawi, specifically in schools of Nanthomba, Kavunguti and Kafulafula in Traditional Authority Kalembo in Balaka District, H.E.L.P. has cemented its partnerships with the Machinga Teachers' Training College (TTC) and Malawian Ministry of Education.

Teacher Trainees supplement qualified government teachers at the three schools and positively impact student results. At Nanthomba, their engagement reduces the teacher to student ratio to 1:45 and textbook to student ratio to 1:1-2.

In its quest to continue providing quality education to children in rural Malawi, specifically in schools of Nanthomba, Kavunguti and Kafulafula in Traditional Authority Kalembo in Balaka District, H.E.L.P. has cemented its partnerships with the Machinga Teachers' Training College (TTC) and Malawian Ministry of Education.

Teacher Trainees supplement qualified government teachers at the three schools and positively impact student results. At Nanthomba, their engagement reduces the teacher to student ratio to 1:45 and textbook to student ratio to 1:1-2.

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY GARDENS

Unreliable rains result in annual crop failures and low harvests. Malawi's food crisis has led to chronic malnutrition, or stunting, in children. The devaluation of the currency and increased price of maize forces many families to eat only once a day. H.E.L.P. in collaboration with IFAW and the community of Nanthomba and Kavunguti Schools implemented a multiyear sustainable community gardens project complete with solar, irrigation system, farm inputs and training to provide year round reliable food supplies.

At Nanthomba, there is also a well established orchard (gardens) with a number of fruit and vegetable guilds. All these add to the green beauty of the school. The guilds and the orchard were also well maintained and taken good care of by Children In The Wilderness (CITW) and H.E.L.P. employed and trained gardeners. Despite inadequate water supply due to low water table, CITW/H.E.L.P. managed to raise 20,000 tree seedlings of about 9 species such as Moringa Olifera, Red Mahogany, Pond Mahogany, Faidherbia Albida, Leucaena. The seedlings are distributed for free to all schools around Nanthomba and all interested families and conservation groups in the nearby communities.

Unreliable rains result in annual crop failures and low harvests. Malawi's food crisis has led to chronic malnutrition, or stunting, in children. The devaluation of the currency and increased price of maize forces many families to eat only once a day. H.E.L.P. in collaboration with IFAW and the community of Nanthomba and Kavunguti Schools implemented a multiyear sustainable community gardens project complete with solar, irrigation system, farm inputs and training to provide year round reliable food supplies.

At Nanthomba, there is also a well established orchard (gardens) with a number of fruit and vegetable guilds. All these add to the green beauty of the school. The guilds and the orchard were also well maintained and taken good care of by Children In The Wilderness (CITW) and H.E.L.P. employed and trained gardeners. Despite inadequate water supply due to low water table, CITW/H.E.L.P. managed to raise 20,000 tree seedlings of about 9 species such as Moringa Olifera, Red Mahogany, Pond Mahogany, Faidherbia Albida, Leucaena. The seedlings are distributed for free to all schools around Nanthomba and all interested families and conservation groups in the nearby communities.

SAFE DRINKING WATER

Infrastructure projects are designed with rain catchment systems and solar powered bore holes to ensure clean safe drinking water for students and community members and support irrigation efforts.

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