Education is the key to transforming lives, it helps people escape the cycle of poverty and enables them to work towards a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. Primary school education in Malawi is free, but Secondary isn’t, unfortunately this means that thousands of children every year are denied the dream of going to school as their families are simply unable to pay their fees and put food on the table.
We believe that all children have the right to an education and for over 10 years now we have been running a successful school sponsorship programme. We are proud to have supported thousands of young people through Secondary and Further education, many of whom have gone on to find jobs across the country, in fields ranging from development to engineering.
Meet Charles Monjez
Fourteen year old Charles is an Orphan, he lives in Pensulo village with his aunt and two cousins. Charles was abandoned by his father and his mother passed away when he was just six years old.
Charles is a very promising student, but his aunt simply could not afford his school fees. Sponsorship has changed his life by giving him hope and a real chance to go to university one day. Charles enjoys studying and particularly likes English and Maths. In the future Charles dreams of becoming an Accountant. “I would like to say words of thanks and appreciation to my sponsors. They enable me to study and progress in my education and dream to go to university.”
We sponsor students across the district at a variety of government and privately run schools. By doing this we help keep families and friends, however fractured they may be, together. Every student goes through a stringent needs assessment, and many are identified by teachers and our own field officers as being in great need. Every student we sponsor signs up to a code of conduct, which explains how sponsorship works and what is expected of them in return.
If you have any questions about sponsoring a student, get in touch with Heather Deaville e. [email protected]
By Standing Order
Regular donations can be set up through Virgin Money Giving or directly through your bank (see below):
1. Download the donation form here and either fill in the relevant details and send to the address above or use your online banking to set up a regular monthly donation using the Joshua bank details provided above and on the donation form.
2. If you are a UK taxpayer, please also fill in the Gift Aid declaration, which enables us to claim back an extra 25% on top of your donation.
1. Download our donation form here.
2. Please send a cheque to: Mrs B H Butler [Trustee], Dene Cottage, Woldingham Road, Woldingham, Surrey CR3 7LA
Please make the cheque payable to ‘Joshua Orphan and Community Care’.
3. If you are a UK taxpayer, please also fill in the Gift Aid declaration, which enables us to claim back an extra 25% on top of your donation.
Meet Isabail Simbi,
Isabail is 17 years old and lives with her parents and seven siblings in a small village near Pensulo. He father works as a carpenter and her mother tends their fields and cares for the children. When we met Isabail she was very distracted as she hadn’t eaten for over 24hrous. The family constantly worry about money and she was chased out of school in her second years because she was unable to pay her fees.
Thankfully for Isabail, she was identified by a Joshua Field officer, who assessed her for our sponsorship programme and when a place became available she jumped at the chance to get back to school. Isabail is now studying hard in form three, although she often misses meals she doesn’t let this get her down, as she is working towards her dream of one day becoming a nurse. “Education is very important to me because when I finish school I will be able to get a job.”