From seedlings to crops, the tomatoes are blooming
The greenhouse is growing an abundance of tomato plants. It only took McSensio Raphael (acting Head Schoolmaster), and his green thumb a few weeks to grow large tomatoes on sturdy vines. The warm Malawian weather, with lots of sunshine and fresh air, coupled with consistent tender care and watering, result in such a magnificent crop.
It is well known that tomatoes are a good source of vitamins and minerals. There may be plenty of other nutritious vegetables that could be grown in the greenhouse. At Kuwala, we are teaching the students about sustainable horticulture and agriculture, and this knowledge is an important life skill in Malawi.
Security as an investment
The Security Team at Kuwala has been bustling, getting the grounds ready for the students to return in early July. While the students are at home due to the COVID-19 Crisis, many can’t wait to return to campus life. The security entrance gate at the Kuwala campus has been installed, and the look is impressive and secure.
And it’s not just the main gates, the perimeter of the campus has a high wire fence that encloses the property. Shrubs and trees are being planted by students and staff along the perimeter of the wire fence to soften the look, protect from erosion, and to beautify the campus grounds. The campus maintains a security team of individuals to ensure the students and staff, equipment, materials, buildings, and greenhouse are secure and safe.
This is a day and night effort, and the team of guards keep track of and monitor the activity around the campus. Their presence provides a sense of security and comfort, knowing that 24/7, there are eyes and boots on the ground looking out for them. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Safety and security don’t just happen. They are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” The Kuwala board believes in providing this safe environment and reaching out to the community to be integrated into the village life so that everyone benefits.
Welcome Nurse Letia Kampaliro
Ms. Kampaliro is a nurse and midwife technician; her impact at the school is multi-fold. She provides essential health care services. She is a professional, a resource person for the teachers, instructs the students on the best practices of personal hygiene, and keeps the dormitory and community areas conducive for student life. She provides psycho-social services to help the girls concentrate in class and is the contact person for government programs and campaigns. For example, the government distributes iron tablets and vaccines to the students and Letia ensures they are administered. She will be there for the girls to guide them through life’s challenges in body, spirit and mind. Ms. Kampaliro truly inspires, many girls express dreams of becoming a nurse one day.
According to the Nyasa Times, 82 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Malawi as of May 22. The girls at Kuwala have other health situations that may keep them from reaching their full potential. The clinic program and nurse on campus emanated from the challenges the School’s Matron had to go through every time a student got sick. The nearest Health Care Centre is 3 km from the school, and Kuwala does not have a vehicle to transport students in times of sudden illness. It is very costly to transport them to the hospital, and if a student has to go home to be cared for by their families, the time lost negatively impacts their performance. The clinic is a primary facility and will require a lot more supplies. We are encouraged by our sponsors and by the generous donations from our supporters, like you, who continue to support Kuwala’s initiatives.