International Day of the Girl Child.
October 11th, 2021
Did you know the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child? This day of celebration brings attention to the purpose of education, healthcare and learning opportunities for young girls. The theme for 2021 is Digital generation. Our generation.деньги срочно только по паспорту
Kuwala is moving in that direction with computers in the classrooms and the presentation of educational programs on the large TV in St Peter’s Assembly Hall. The students are learning to become comfortable with and navigate technology to impact their generation and their world. We have mentioned before in other newsletters that a computer per student is rare in high school in Malawi.
Corporate donations of powerful laptops have significantly impacted each girl with a computer to aid in their education. Many Canadian companies replace computers on a 3 to 5-year cycle, and with a little refurnishing before shipping, these are excellent computers for aiding in learning. Computers are a depreciating asset in Canada, but these are seen as a luxury in Malawi, not easily attained. When Canadians come together, we can help bring real change to these students.
Kuwala is truly embracing the International Day of the Girl Child and the theme of the 2021 campaign of the digital generation. All children need to have equal access to technology and the right to quality education.
A month for Thanksgiving.
Kuwala is changing the lives of so many students. The girls are getting an education and are learning to appreciate the quality of life that an education can provide for them; they are learning to stand up for themselves. They are learning to speak up, gain confidence and knowledge about who they are and the potential of what they can become. They are putting off marriage and children until much later; this will significantly change the fabric of their communities.
Kuwala is grateful for all our sponsors and donors. Sponsorship changes lives and builds futures for generations to come. \
Meet Emelester, Kuwala Student.
In her own words…
I have two siblings, my brother and me. It was my childhood dream to learn new things, which may make me achieve the goal; I desire to go to University and be independent in the future. I was happy and excited to go to Kuwala, so too my family members were proud of me. I saw myself becoming the most significant person in my society. Science projects are my favourite because they help me think deeply and find other ways of doing things in my life instead of using ordinary things. They like using the showers, flush toilets and the best meals in the cafeteria. I see myself becoming a lawyer. I am motivating other people’s children in the family to love school.
I enjoy sporting activities because they strengthen my body. Chess makes me think deeply and fast, and planting trees makes me feel happy because they give fresh air and make our campus more beautiful and a great learning place. My hobbies are reading about the backgrounds of things and making poems.
A testimonial from Marion and Roxana, sponsors for Emelester:
The story of Kuwala Christian Girls school touched us as a tangible way to make a difference in the life of a young girl who might not have the opportunity without our assistance. It can be a struggle to know how to help, but we trust the school to understand how to do that well and culturally appropriately. Since we feel God has richly blessed us, we want to be a blessing to others. Emelester is one person we can impact in this way, and it is our joy to share the journey with her.
Tomatoes in Malawi.
Tomatoes are grown throughout Malawi and are presently one of the largest crops in the Greenhouse at Kuwala. Tomatoes can be grown year-round and typically take only 90 days to mature. They are a prosperous source of nutrients and provide a staple in the Malawian diet.
The Greenhouse will grow a significant crop of tomatoes this year. With the new kitchen equipment arriving for the St Peter’s Assembly Hall, Kuwala can consider processing many tomatoes in recipes throughout the year. Tomato paste for sauces, roasted tomatoes with salt and fresh crushed tomatoes.
A trip to Queen Savannah Beach.
During the extreme heat in Malawi, the girls had an opportunity to take a break from study and enjoy a bus trip along the Lakeshore in Senga Bay near Salima town.
The girls had a chance to stop for snacks at a local market before heading to the fresh waters of Lake Malawi. The teachers taught instruction on how to be safe at the Lake and in the water. The trip ended with a group lunch and photos. The girls made many beautiful memories; field trips provided a different and engaging learning opportunity and a bonding time with teachers and classmates.
Improving their English during Debate Club.
English is one of the more challenging subjects for the girls and the most important to master to pass the National Exams and complete their secondary education and Graduate. Another creative way the teachers are teaching English is through a Debate Club.
The girls have to think and respond in open-ended discussions, sharpening their skills and vocabulary.
Keeping Kuwala safe and secure. At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.
While the goal might be simple, how we get there requires planning and a sharing of ideas. The security staff continued to train and meet the teachers, ground workers, and students. Everyone had an opportunity to discuss their roles at Kuwala and get to know each other.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.