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Kuwala Christian Girls School

Educating girls in Malawi

We are a team of Canadians partnering with Malawians to provide education to girls with no other options. We are building and will be operating a girls Christian boarding school in rural Malawi, Africa.

Based on a proven model we will provide tuition-free education initially to girls from poverty-stricken homes equipping them to graduate, go on to college, or return and help to pull their families out of poverty.

About Malawi

Known as the warm heart of Africa, Malawi is located in south central Africa with the majority of the population being subsistence farmers growing maize for food on small plots of land Malawi.

One of the most Christian dominant communities in Africa, Malawi is also one of the poorest with 50% of the population living below the poverty line and 70% living on less then $1.25 per day 48% of the population is under age 14 with 10 million children under age 20.

Help us build a better future

We are always looking for partners to help us change the lives of girls through education helping them change the lives of their families and their communities. Join us by supporting our capital campaign as we build our school or as a scholarship sponsor for one of our future students.

Assist with our capital campaign

Phase One is just the start. There is a plan to continue developing the campus. Would you like to learn more about other buildings and projects in the plan? We would welcome the opportunity to set up a discussion or presentation to see how we can engage you.

Please contact us at for more information.

Sponsor a girl and give the gift of education

Sponsorship covers the cost of educating girls including school fees, uniform, school supplies, safe accommodation on campus, and nutritious food. Sponsoring a girl through school provides hope and helps them achieve their full potential while reducing poverty in Malawi. Educating one girl, saves three lives from poverty.

Stories from the Field

No mask… No class.

Just as our students in Canada were heading back to school, so were the students at Kuwala Christian Girls School. The girls were excited to get back to learning and community at Kuwala. To start the school off, each student received a letter of encouragement from Canada. The students at Kuwala started with masks in hand on September 7, allowing additional time to review and settle in before regular schools officially open on October 12.

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Get in touch with us.

We are looking for people who truly want to make a measurable difference, who believe in Christian education and who understand that educating girls in Malawi is the “hand up” required to help them and their families escape poverty.

Email: info@kuwala.org

Our Plan | The Evolution of the School

2020

Power hook up to the National Grid is complete, and lights are installed in the classroom block. This is a significant advancement for the school, allowing for longer study time and a safer campus environment for the girls.

Kuwala teacher, McSensio Raphael will move into the newly built Teacher’s house on campus. He will be able to provide consistent communication, pictures, and videos of life and events happening at the school.

The world braces for Covid19. The Government closes all schools in Malawi. The students and staff return home until the pandemic is over, and it is safe to resume studies and life on campus.

2019

The start of the new year was busy. Steps for the two-story Water Tower are complete. Construction begins on the St. Peter’s Assembly Hall and our first grant is received from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) for the future development of the first Greenhouse on Campus

A pumping system and pumping station house are installed. Perimeter fencing is constructed around the perimeter of the campus to provide additional security for the students, staff and facilities. Construction begins on the first Teacher’s house on campus. Having a teacher live on campus provided community for the girls, all of whom are without family while attending school. Presently, a Housemother lives in the Hostel with the girls. The school hires a Nurse to visit to provide health talks and treatments. A tree-planting program, landscaping and an abundant outdoor Community garden is producing a greener landscape. This is in stark contrast to the barren lands of Malawi. Survival and hunger have stripped the trees and foliage in search for firewood. The first harvest of tomatoes and greens happened in the Community garden tended by the students.

The first marketing campaign for the school is launched. The “Soul Lifting” Gift Catalogue goes out for the Christmas Season, encouraging the support for gifts that will significantly impact the school. Starvation in the communities surrounding the school is significant as they await the harvest from the fields. Our partners in Malawi and the school provide bags of flour to the communities, providing the bridge to sustain them until the harvest. The compassion shown by our students and staff significantly impacts the communities surrounding Kuwala.

2018

The first Hostel for 60 girls is constructed. Each bedroom is equipped with two sets of bunk beds. For many of these girls, it will be the first time they will sleep on a mattress and blanket. The Hostel also provides bathrooms and showers. Again, for many of these girls, the first time they will have a flushing toilet and running water.

Construction on a two-story water tower is started and built to provide a workshop on the main floor and offices and administration on the second floor. A septic system and sewer system are complete with the capacity to fulfill the needs of the long-term vision and potential size of the school.

In preparation for the opening of the first class at Kuwala, a three-room classroom block and a temporary kitchen and dining hall are completed. September 9th – Kuwala opens its doors to the first 60 girls to begin classes in Term 1; the Canadian equivalent of Grade 9. These girls have been chosen through an interview process from hundreds of girls wishing to attend secondary school. Most are from rural areas and all from impoverished socioeconomic backgrounds and families experiencing extreme poverty. The girls receive a uniform in the school’s colours of blue and yellow. Desks arrive as well as school supplies and textbooks. The girls move into the Hostel to live on campus during the school year. They receive three meals a day and have the responsibility of daily chores and homework. Weekends are scheduled for laundry, study, sports, community activities, Church and worship.

The Scholarship Sponsor Campaign begins. $100.00 a month/$1200.00 year provides education, housing and meals for one girl at Kuwala. An Accounting program established for both the Malawian and Canadian Board provides consistent, transparent communication and tracking of all the programs for the school. Dr. Allan Jones, an Optometrist with Canadian Vision Care, a registered Canadian Charity, visits the school. Dr. Jones provided free eye exams for the girls and provided free glasses for those who required glasses.

Solar panels are installed on the dormitory, providing light to the girls in the evening for their study time.

2017

The dream of building a Girls school in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, becomes a reality. The name chosen for the school is “KUWALA” which means “light” in the local language. The school motto is defined as “Shine Girls Shine”. The desire is for the light of God’s love in Jesus to shine upon the girls. Our Canadian team visits Malawi and purchases 12.5 hectares of land from local village elders. Our team in Malawi administers the transaction building a relationship in a community very excited for the plans of a girl’s school.

A truck is acquired for our Malawian partners, and the Malawian Board is Incorporated. They will become our partners on the ground and will work together with our Canadian Board to establish a path forward for the school.

The first step is the construction of a road into the area where there will be a future campus. The road is entirely hand-dug and excavated with hand tools. The arrival of a shipping container marks the beginning of the arrival of tools, equipment and supplies to begin construction on the buildings at the campus. Drilling takes place for the school’s water well. Composting toilets are built in preparation for the arrival of the work crews.