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Kuwala Christian Girls School

Newsletters

Every month the Canadian board members put together a newsletter to tell you what’s happening at the Kuwala Campus in Malawi. This is your chance to see how the school is progressing month after month and the direct impact your donation has on teenage girls in Africa.

The following list is the print-friendly format that can be downloaded, shared, and printed using Adobe’s PDF reader. This newsletter version has additional content not found in Stories and is a perfect format to read on an iPad. Enjoy.


Jan-2024

Welcome to the January edition of our newsletter, ushering in a fresh year. In this issue, we reflect on the events of December and the festive season, highlighting the remarkable gathering of village Elders at our largest-ever Kuwala hamper donation event.

Additionally, we delve into the Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art, an extraordinary space that goes beyond a conventional museum. Here, history, culture, and art converge, crafting an experience that captivates and enlightens. Join us as we explore these enriching narratives.

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Nov-2023

We are nearing the end of 2023, and in this version, we are advertising and celebrating Giving Tuesdays on the 28th of November. Hopefully, you can give whatever you can by clicking the Donate button to take you to Canada Helps.

Construction continues with the pour of the concrete floor in the new Campus Trades Workshop and the solar power electronics and controls are in. We now can use the power of the sun. This month, Doreen and Casey, Kuwala students won an award at the Innovation Fair for their water-irrigation project.


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Sep-2023

This edition has a few extra feature stories about the farm, our solar panel installation from H.E. Engineering Ltd, and an update on where the graduating class of 2022 is doing academically. The harvest starts with excess tomatoes and onions going to the local market!

The students are back from the summer holidays and ready to learn.


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Jul-2023

In this edition, the Form 1 and 3 girls get a surprise field trip to Kabumba Beach on Lake Malawi. For many of these girls, it was the first time outside their rural area and to a lake. The bus trip was buzzing with many conversations and laughter, and the anticipation of the day’s activities was exciting. 

We also thank our past photographer Chemwemwe for his friendship and help during these past few years and warm welcome our new Campus photographer, Chembekezo Tchaire.


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Jun-2023

This year’s grad theme is Hope and Success. This special edition includes all the 2023 grad photos. Sharon, a Form 1 student, is featured in a written profile by her, and the students are heading home for a break.

The farm continues to grow, and check out what our farm manager, Innocent, is up to in the gardens.


May-2023

May is the time of year when the school administration staff start recruiting for the fall. New student candidates, some 450 of them, lined up at the Campus gates. The event’s popularity has spread to the local village, where an open market is set up just outside the gates to sell wares to the parents. Mark and Leslie Kinzel, the Canadian delegation, also visited Kuwala and toured the new farm.


Apr-2023

This edition showcases the importance of the new operational Maize Mill Centre on the Campus.

In April, we celebrated Earth Day on the 27th and details what we are doing to be more sustainable and resilient against climate change impacting Malawi. Also, April was International Girls in ICT Day, focusing on digital skills for life as this year’s theme.


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Mar-2023

In this edition, the students are preparing for mid-terms, and there is a feature article on why English is essential at Kuwala and is heavily weighted in the national exams. In March, it was also International Women’s Day and Poetry Day. Form 2 Student Naomi has written a poem called, “We are Diamonds and Stars.”

Lastly, there are articles on the importance of purchasing new farmland, and the biogas installation is nearing completion.


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Feb-2023

In this edition, the students took some time off their studies to have a sports day with another local school. We have a few new employees to announce, Mr. Loydwel Katanga, teaching geography, history, bible studies, and English studies.

Caroline, Form One student, writes about her experience at Kuwala.


Jan-2023

In this edition, the students at Kuwala have been in lockdown after the government declared the Cholera outbreak a significant health risk to Malawi. The students however, studied while they were in lockdown in their villages. They returned to school later in January.

The Kuwala staff had time to develop their teamwork during an offsite workshop called “Organizational Culture Training.”


Dec-2022

Malawi welcomes the Canadian delegation.

This is a special edition to finish off our incredible 2022 year. Many thanks to all our donors for making this year our best yet! We completed many projects, had our first graduation of Form 4 students, and it was our first visit to Malawi in almost three years.


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Nov-2022

Students are off to a great start.

In this edition, we document a typical day at the Campus and meet Head Chef, Mr. Phillius Kupeta.


Oct-2022

Welcome new students!

This edition explores new hope and new beginnings with the next cohort of students. Oct was International Girl Child Day and World Teacher’s Day. This newsletter’s special edition also has the entire graduating class of 2022.


Sept-2022

Reflections.

In this newsletter, we reflect on a meaningful school year and look forward to a new cohort of students. Kuwala also forms the first-ever Parent Teachers Association.


Aug-2022

Graduation class of 2022.

The August edition is extra special. The first cohort of Form 4 students has graduated. We are excited to announce the next new cohort of 60 students will arrive this fall!

To finish the semester, the graduating class went on a field trip to the University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) to explore different agricultural practices.


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July-2022

Celebrating our partnership between Canada and Malawi.

In the July edition, students are back at their studies, and the new student candidates were writing their entrance exams. Over 600 girls showed up!

Kuwala continues to grow; we purchased some new land next to the Campus property to develop an organic farming practice by hiring a new Farm Supervisor.


June-2022

School is out.

In June the students took a small break and headed home for a much-deserved break.

Good progress was made on the second staff house, with windows and doors being installed. The students continue their Community Outreach Program by revisiting a Likango village near the campus to weed and care for the previously planted trees.


May-2022

Kuwala welcomed Caroline Delany, Canada’s High Commissioner to Malawi.

In this edition, we discuss the environmental changes that Malawi is experiencing.


Apr-2022

Earth Day

This edition celebrates Earth Day with the students looking after the tomatoes growing in the greenhouse.

Construction starts with our first duplex staff house and an article on what Kuwala is doing to mitigate the effects of climate change.


Mar-2022

International Women’s day

This edition kicks off with what International Women’s Day means to the Kuwala girls and all of Malawians.

Great futures start with the basics. New uniforms, desks, and beds have arrived at the campus for the new students accepted this year.

In this edition, we feature Teacher Mr. Dan Phiri and a very engaging student essay by Tiyanjane, a Form 4 student writing about the importance of educating girls.


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Feb-2022

Major donor funds new classroom block!

This edition celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Other newsworthy articles include environmental impacts from Storm Ana and our newly funded second classroom block. In this newsletter, we are featuring bios on our newest teacher and 3 student profiles.


Jan-2022

New year new look.

In this edition, the seasonal rains have come painting the land a shade of green. The students are back from the Christmas holidays and we have new students in Forms, one through four. Kuwala was nominated as one of 49 eligible Canadian charities through the Aligned Social Responsibility program, “Giving Generously.”


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Dec-2021

It’s the time of the year to give and receive thanks.

This is the last edition of the newsletter for 2021. We will continue in 2022 with new stories from the field. In this edition, Kuwala gives back to the elders from neighbouring villages with Christmas hampers. As we say goodbye to 2021, we welcome another group of students to the campus starting in Jan-22.


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Nov-2021

Green and growing.

This is the Christmas version of the newsletter just before the student’s break for the seasonal holidays in Malawi. Girls are doing a little spring cleaning-early we might add to leave the campus clean for the holiday. St. Peter’s Assembly Hall is getting ceiling lights and a gas main for the commercial kitchen installed this month.


Oct-2021

International Day of the Girl Child.

In this edition, the students journey to Savannah Beach on Lake Malawi. The debating club is in the zone, with the Green and Red teams showing off their colours. October is the month of Thanksgiving; to give thanks, the girls show off their larger-than-life handcrafted cards.


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Sep-2021

A strong focus on learning

In this fall edition, the girls are back and using computers as a study tool. Huge crowds showed up for the entrance exams, and construction on St. Peter’s Assembly Hall is more than bricks and mortar.


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Aug-2021

Goin’ home, going mobile

The Kuwala girls are taking a break and going home for the end of the summer for a few weeks.

In this issue, we meet the culinary team and they share their life story. The students continue to pay it forward by visiting the village as part of their Outreach program.


July-2021

All aboard, a road trip.

Our Kuwala girls step into Africa’s wild countryside on their first-ever road trip. Also in this issue, you will learn how the students’ commitment to give back results in pints of blood. Come read with us as McSensio Raphael discusses what Kuwala means to him personally.


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JUNE-2021

Education for life.

In this issue, we are showcasing quadratic equations, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Sports Days—all study and no play is not much fun!


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MAY-2021

We are keeping connected over 14,002 km.

In this issue, we explore some of the ways we stay connected to our Malawian team in order to bring you monthly updates.


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APR-2021

Spring has sprung.

Kuwala celebrated an exceptional Easter Sunday! The students and staff were lead by a meaningful sermon from the Pastor, refreshments and an opportunity to gather in small groups. 

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March-2021

International Women’s Day.

In March, around the world, we recognized International Women’s Day. Together, we can celebrate the accomplishments at Kuwala Christian Girls School, where young girls are on their way to achieving an education that will lift them towards a better life. 

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