buildOn in Malawi

Consistently ranked among the world’s 20 least developed countries on the UN’s Human Development Index, the Southeast African country of Malawi has long been challenged by economic stagnation and a lack of access to education. Over 50% of the country’s population lives below the poverty line of US $1.25 a day, and epidemics of AIDS and malaria have further slowed progress.

In 1994, the Malawian government abolished school fees in an effort to provide every Malawian child with access to education, and development has since increased. Helping Malawians in rural areas take the first steps out of extreme poverty, buildOn has constructed 91 schools in the country since 1993. These schools have improved the lives of villagers by promoting gender equality and providing literacy, health, agriculture and income-generating classes to adults through the Adult Literacy Program. Our schools additionally offer education to children orphaned by disease. buildOn has also partnered with Madonna and her nonprofit Raising Malawi to construct ten schools in the country during 2012.

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“If I could, I would write about
the things in my heart.”

- Felisiya Naphiri

Over her long life Felisiya has seen more than her fair share of death. All of her 87 years have been spent in the rural village of Kankhumbwa in northern Malawi. As the Chief’s sister, she is fondly known as the ‘Mother of the Village’ and has given birth to 11 children of her own. Of the 11, seven have passed away from a range of causes: malaria, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, to name a few.
When buildOn students from the U.S. came to build a school in her village in February 2012, Felisiya couldn’t wait to add her fingerprint at the covenant signing, signifying her support and pledge to play her part. Because of the new school, she knows that the young women in her village will grow up to be independent, bringing honor and development to the community. She dances because the future is bright for her grandchildren.
 

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