Since our beginning, the main goal of Active Africa has been to facilitate young people's access to better quality education.
In Malawi, our challenge in these years has been to improve education in the poorest areas of the country. To do this, we have restored and upgraded the infrastructure of some of the public schools in the Dowa area. On each trip, all the schools that have received help over the years are visited and meetings are held with the educational community and parents to learn about their needs. The awarding of scholarships for the two best students in each class has become a great incentive for these underprivileged students. Our most important projects have been:
Construction and rehabilitation of two- and three-classroom buildings in 20 primary and secondary schools in the Dowa area: St. Mathias, Dowa I, Kanjenje, Mvera, Mbindo, Lovimbi, Katundu, Chankhungu Primary, Dowa II, Chingondo, Chigwere, Mpangweni, Masadedera, Kasumba, Mtenje, Chankhungu Secondary, Mgona Secondary, Chimbang'ombe.
Throughout these years we have realized that we had to bet on secondary education since this guarantees the full cycle of education. Our action has been extended to guarantee the safety of the students and we have financed the construction of 3 Boarding Schools for girls in the Chankhungu, Mwera and Chimbang'ombe High Schools.
As a result of our support for education, our SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM was born, through which we finance the studies of students who for different reasons deserve help to continue studying. We believe that this is the best investment for a better future.
Scholarship Program : Malawi and Kenya
This is a very important program for Active Africa.
It is our reason for being and what we spend a lot of our efforts on. We believe that education will serve to improve and change the lives of many young people individually and as a society.
In Malawi , we have several actions underway,
On the one hand, and from the beginning, we decided to implement a Program through which 2 scholarships per school are awarded each year, one to the best girl and the other to the best boy of all the primary schools that are within our program in the Dowa and Kanyenje area. These students continue with our support during Secondary and Higher Studies or University. The program expanded its scope of application to other areas and territories of the country, granting scholarships to many high school and university students from Lilongwe, Blanthyre, Dowa, Mzuzu, Nkhotakota, etc.
Thanks to this, more than 2,000 young people have benefited from the possibility of pursuing higher education and marking a change of course in their lives that will directly affect the improvement of the country. Numerous scholarships have also been given to girls / boys recommended by people we trust and who are in dire need.
And of course we have supported all the orphans who are from Dzanja and Chezi. Those who have achieved a score to continue their studies receive help to go to the Centers where they have been selected and secure a good job.
Many young people in Malawi deserve this opportunity and our association is proud to be able to help some of them fulfill their dreams.
When we travel to Malawi, we visit them at their various study centers.
There is nothing that can make us feel happier than to see how these children we met at a very young age are finishing their studies and entering the job market.
We appreciate the sponsorship of Fundación Gandara, Martiderm, Zikkomo, Familia Cejudo-Mercado and other individuals who assume the cost of their studies.
On the other hand, in Kenya we are granting scholarships to many young women through the Kianda Foundation programs and with the sponsorship of the Maite Iglesias Baciana Foundation. This is a successful project that has improved the lives of many women in the most needy areas of Kenya.
New constructions are underway:
Buildings in Primary and Secondary schools
Work continues on the New Hostel-Residence for Secondary School boys in Chezi, thanks to the GANDARA FOUNDATION
Construction of a new block of classrooms at the Kafumphe Secondary School, a project sponsored by MANGO
Latrine blocks at Kaphumfe Secondary School, sponsored by AVEDA
Construction of a teachers' house in Chankhungu, thanks to Fundación GANDARA and ROVIRALTA
Construction of a Laboratory and Bookstore at the Chimwang'ombe School, currently under construction. Funded by Fundación Barceló and MANGO.
Construction of a Residence for Secondary School students in Chezi, GANDARA FOUNDATION and funds from the Association.
Inauguration of a block of classrooms at the primary school in Mtenje.
Construction of houses for secondary school teachers.
Biblioteca Escuela de Chimwang'ombe
Laboratorio Escuela de Chimwang'ombe
Residencia chicos Chezi
Letrinas Escuela de Escuela de Kafumphe
Nuevo bloque Escuela de Kafumphe
Kenya: Night School for shepherd children, Lchekuti:
Tuum and Barsaloi are two small villages in the Samburu desert. They are located about 500 kilometers from Nairobi. These arid and inaccessible places are the habitat of the Samburu and Turkana tribes.
Both the lack of rain and the fact that grazing is the main activity of these tribes, make the care of the flock the main objective of these families, a task that falls on the children who are considered the smartest.
They are children who can not go to the official school, since their work as shepherds forces them to spend the whole day taking care of the cattle and looking for new pastures. The feeding of these children is based on tea and some milk. Without academic training, they have difficulty integrating into the official educational system and even, the development of an adult social life. The goal of the lchekuti is precisely to overcome these impediments. They go to class at dusk, usually from 7pm to 9pm, when they have returned from the pastures. For their learning they use a basic program integrated into the educational system in which they are taught to read, write, Swahili, English, religion, science and basic mathematics. These are simple notions so that they can unfold into society in their near future. In addition, they offer a very nutritious food called UJI that reduces malnutrition and controls their health. Without these centers, all these children would be doomed to illiteracy.
Active Africa currently supports five Lckekutis in the villages of Tuum, Parkati, Larelok, Waserongai and Naimaralal.
Thank you. Ache Ole.