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Kuwala Christian Girls School
Kuwala Going Mobile with student on the back of the parent's motorbike
| Written by: Leslie Kinzel
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Goin’ home, going mobile.

The girls are off to their homes for a two-week break with the expectation that they focus daily on a two-hour study time. They will have school work, and there is an opportunity to connect with other girls in their village, compare and share what they have learned, and exchange ideas. Parents arrive on motorbikes to pick up their daughters, who are excited to go home for the break. The motorbike is the mode of transportation in Malawi.


Keep me moving.

Kuwala students signing the checkout form with campus guard insuring all students sign out.
Kuwala students signing out for the summer break. Kuwala_2021

Evaluation Day went well at Kuwala, with teachers, parents and students
participating in a review of the term. The parents are encouraged to support their daughters and help them to stay focused on learning. Classes resume at the end of August until the middle of November.

Motorbikes picking up students at the Kuwala Campus.
In Malawi, the motorbike is a popular mode of transportation for families. Kuwala_2021

It takes a whole village to raise a child. But it’s the children that pay it forward with kindness.

Modified African Proverb

Kuwala students with elder-Gogo. Kuwala Outreach village program_2021

In Malawi, sugar, salt, and soap are staples used every day, but many elders go without the necessities. As part of the Outreach program at Kuwala, the girls plan to use the coin collection from the Sunday Church services to provide sugar, salt and a tablet of soap to the elders in the village. They will also be visiting the village elders, helping out with cleaning and dishwashing.

Kuwala student with elder Jonas handing over a care package as part of the village outreach program.
Kuwala student Outreach program delivering a care package to elder – Jonas. Kuwala_2021

The girls are learning to respect their elders and are developing an appreciation of what they have earned. Respect may be one of the greatest lessons to be discovered. Kuwala is a beacon of light for the neighbouring villages where this partnership forms a stronger bond with the village. When educated girls go home to their villages, their leadership impacts their community.


Racing with the wind. Two brothers in Canada are using sports to fundraise for Kuwala. Meet Owen and Asher.

Kuwala sponsored kart, heating up the track at Gimili, Manitoba. Kuwala_2021.

Two boys from Canada are fundraising for girl’s education in Malawi and burning up the race track in Manitoba. We love Kart racing. For five years, we have been racing at the Manitoba Karting Association near Gimli, Manitoba, Canada. We have done it for joy and personal challenge. However, this year the boys have decided to race for something greater than their personal goals—the proceeds from the race support Kuwala Christian Girls School in Malawi.


Our inspiration for choosing Kuwala comes from a mission that Kuwala is a boarding school in rural Malawi that educates girls who have no other options due to extreme poverty.


Kuwala provides a safe environment where students are cared for and can focus on their education. We are racing for them and fundraising throughout the summer season by setting up a Canadahelps.org webpage.

Note: When the boys’ are racing for Kuwala a sticker is on the Kart. As of August, the boys are more than halfway to reaching their goal to sponsor a Kuwala student with the generous support of the racing community at Gimili.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/race-for-kuwala/


Great cooking is the heart and soul of
Kuwala.

What 3:30 AM looks like in the kitchen. When St. Peter’s Assembly Hall opens with a new commercial kitchen it will be a functional professional space for the Culinary team.

The Culinary staff are hired from the nearby villages and trained at Kuwala. Presently, the team at Kuwala prepare the meals manually, using equipment made locally and using a wood-fueled source. Once the St Peter’s Assembly Hall is complete, there will be new commercial kitchen equipment arriving.

Kuwala hires and trains the Culinary staff. Preparations for the day begin at 3:30 am, as breakfast is served at 6:00 am. Presently, the kitchen has no lights. Therefore, to make a fire using locally sourced firewood, flashlights need to be used. The Cooks alternate between two types of porridge; one made from cornflour, and the other, the student’s favourite, is made from rice. The rice is boiled with salt until it becomes quarter solid, then sugar is added. Tea with milk is served at 10:00 am, and twice a week, a bun is on the menu.

The Culinary team works in the dark in the morning to prepare the first meal of the day. This temporary kitchen is challenging to work in. The new commercial kitchen in the St. Peter’s Assembly Hall will finally bring all the modern conveniences of a functional kitchen to the team. Kuwala_2021.

After breakfast, lunch and dinner preparations begin. The Cooks’ day wraps up once they complete all the meals for the day. The students enjoy a 3:30 pm tea break and dinner around 5:00 pm. The menu consists of Nsima, a staple food made from corn flour, leafy vegetables, rice, beans, eggs, tomatoes, soya pieces, bananas, chicken and beef. Twice a week, the students enjoy meat and eggs. Kuwala is there for the communities; it supports the local shops and bakeries with food and supplies, and someone purchases the firewood from residents who have woodlots. In Malawi, obtaining wood from natural forests is not allowed. Workers plan to install the new kitchen equipment once the St Peter’s Assembly Hall is complete; watch for that great story in an upcoming newsletter!

The Culinary staff make it happen.

The three culinary cooks employeed at the Kuwala Campus: Ndadayi, Chikumbutso and Jetel.
The Kuwala Culinary Team: Ndadai, Chikumbutso and Jetelo, Kuwala_2021

Meet Chikumbutso…in his owns words
I have a Grade 9 education and live in the village. I never thought I would get a job, but I have been at Kuwala as a Cook for three years. Everyone in my community has respect for me. I can afford to send my kids to school— a steel roof replaced my thatched house.

Meet Ndadai…in his owns words
I have a Grade 5 education and live in the village. Kuwala is a turning point for me as I have become the most reliable son of my parents. I have gained skills that I would never have been allowed to obtain without a Grade 12 certificate, and that would have cost me too much to afford if I enrolled with a vocational training institution. I have worked as a Cook for Kuwala for three years.

Meet Jetelo… in his own words
I have a Grade 3 education and relocated to the village with my Uncle. I do not have a piece of land to farm, so Kuwala is the only hope I have. I have three years of food preparation experience through Kuwala, and that is my future. I always thought cooking was for women, and now I cook for female students. My life as a Cook for Kuwala has completely transformed me.


Welcome, meet Sphiwe – a student at Kuwala

Sphiwe, a student at Kuwala_2021.

In her own words…
I come from a family of four, and I have three sisters and a brother. I see myself becoming an agriculturist. I want to achieve my goals and help my family by using my education as a tool. My parents are very proud and happy for me that Kuwala selected me. Kuwala provides a good standard of living such as using a shower, flush toilets, sleeping in a hostel with a bed and nutritious food.

Sphiwe in action, writing a practical agricultural exam. Kuwala_2021

I enjoy science projects and computer skills. Apart from learning, I like attending storytelling sessions to improve my English vocabulary. Reading novels, I have found, also improves my language skills. Other activities that provide enjoyment include singing and dancing. In the future, I want to write a book when I graduate.


Parting photograph

There is always an opportunity to learn and engage. The joy of watching a movie is universal. Storytelling is what makes us human. Kuwala_2021.

Last month we showed you St. Peter’s Assembly Hall getting new technology with the addition of a large television screen! This month, the students are making the technology work while watching documentaries, and movies that supplement their learning.


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Are you a member of a sports team or a member of a church youth group? Are you planning a golf tournament, or are you a Church congregation looking for an International Mission? Would you consider planning an event or becoming a partner in fundraising or supporting a girl’s school in Africa, making a measurable difference in girls’ lives with no other options for an education?

We would be happy to have a discussion. Check out our website at Kuwala.org or connect with us at info@kuwala.org.

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.