Scholarships for Women
Cost of schools fees prevent many children from gaining an education. Most families will send their sons to school before they will send daughters. We have created a scholarship fund in the name of the late Barnabas Chavala. Barnabas was our close friend, teacher, mentor and champion of the village whose worked tirelessly to help raise the education for those who needed it the most and quality of life of the entire village.
Barnabas Chavala Scholarship: Awarded to female students who cannot financially afford school. Recipients are guaranteed a 6 yr scholarship for her complete secondary education. Currently, only $750/school year pays for room, board and tuition.
Exciting News! We are adding 4 more students are being added for the upcoming school year for a total of 10!
New Science Center
Learning science requires hands-on, laboratory-based opportunities for students at the secondary school level. Without proper laboratory facilities at the secondary school, students wanting to pursue scientific fields in college are unable to qualify. This requires that they change schools during their final 2 years.
The science center building was completed in December 2022. With a grant and generous donors, we were able to acquire the funds to build furniture and purchase the necessary lab equipment. Students are eagerly using the new facilities and the school has been given governmental approval to offer higher-level courses. Believe it or not, the project was projected to take 5 years but was completed in 4 years.
A group from the Africa Exchange Project traveled there for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony in July 2023.
Access to Books
Secondary students are only allowed access to books inside the classroom and often must share 1 book among 8-10 students. We have helped them purchase over 1,000 books. As a result, the school has seen rising test scores and higher test scores give access to higher education.
Spora Sanga (pictured above) is the head of curriculum at the Secondary School. She and her colleague, Wingred, a science teacher, were sponsored by us to visit the US in 2019. They were able to observe many high school classrooms and discuss teaching strategies with faculty from local schools. Upon return to the village, Spora and Wingred incorporated some of these new techniques into their curriculum.
The kindergarten was built by members of our group many years ago. Recently, we paid for restoration of the windows, refinishing the floors, and providing other materials to create a better learning environment.
Ways to help
Building a Science Center
The majority of the science center is completed. We are still seeking help to supply the laboratories with equipment and supplies.