Becky’s Volunteer Story

Recent volunteer Becky Haigh has written a story about her time at Mwaya which is reproduced below. Stories written by other previous RIPPLE Africa volunteers can be found on the Volunteers’ Stories webpage.

Becky’s Story

Unfortunately for me, I had only a month to visit Malawi and experience life as a RIPPLE Africa volunteer, but what an amazing month it was!

After taking the bus from Lilongwe to Mwaya, I found that I had arrived on a national holiday so Sue, the other volunteer at Mwaya, took me to visit Esther, go for my first swim in Lake Malawi, and for a trip to Mazembe to meet Alamson and attend the Adult Literacy class that he ran there.

As I was only in Malawi for a short time, my main job was to research the needs of the pre-schools and primary schools to help the UK office. I went to visit each of the pre-schools with Charles, the Pre-schools Coordinator, and this was great fun, though a lot of cycling in sand and rain! The children are so sweet, the staff so hardworking, and Charles was a great source of information about the primary schools and some of the difficulties faced by the children and their families.

I also went with Dan to visit all the teachers sponsored by the charity and to interview them a little to get an idea of teaching life in Malawian primary schools and how their roles in the school helped the head teachers and pupils. They were all fascinating to speak with, and it was great to see so many people, who would have perhaps been out of work, eager to learn and providing valuable help to their community.

  • Katenthere Pre-schoolKatenthere Pre-school
  • Many children are expected to help in the fieldsMany children are expected to help in the fields
  • A class at one of the primary schoolsA class at one of the primary schools

Then I went to visit some of the primary schools and speak with Maurice, the Education Coordinator, and Alamson to discuss key needs and issues faced by the primary schools. Maurice is a wealth of information with a logical and resourceful attitude and was especially helpful in determining a list of key problems that RIPPLE may be able to help with.

Another job I had was to speak with young girls and young mothers to learn more about life for women out in Malawi. The culture is very much divided into gender roles, and women here work very hard! Girls will often go to school in the morning and spend the afternoon cooking, cleaning, taking care of younger children and working in the fields. This is not to say that the boys do not also work hard, though they often have fewer chores. It is not uncommon to find girls becoming mothers at 14 and 15 years old*, and I was able to speak with a few of these young women at the Under 5s clinic and at Kapanda Secondary School to find out about their attitudes to education, their family situation and the difficulties they face. A big problem, I learned from the staff at Kande Under 5s Clinic, is that many of the mothers are malnourished due to the amount of work they do whilst also carrying and feeding babies. The clinic provides extra food and nutrients to these malnourished mothers (determined by measuring their arm circumference) to help them to deliver and nurse healthy and happy babies. Esther also kindly invited me to the Women’s Group that she runs in Lowani Beach where around seven to 10 women sit together, often with a health volunteer from RIPPLE Africa, to discuss women’s health issues and caring for family members with health problems. Here I was able to ask many more questions about how women’s health issues are viewed and helped, attitudes to teenage pregnancy and marriage, and what they think could help young women in Malawi. It was an incredibly interesting afternoon!

  • Becky with a newborn babyBecky with a newborn baby
  • Staying in Nkhata BayStaying in Nkhata Bay
  • With fellow volunteer SueWith fellow volunteer Sue

Life at Mwaya Beach was wonderful; all the staff make you feel like part of the family and help you to practice your ChiTonga. I went for a swim most evenings before watching the sunset with a gin and tonic (Malawi Gin really is great!). Both of these are very much needed after a day cycling in torrential rain, blistering heat and incredible humidity! I would often find myself struggling up a hill and then be swiftly overtaken by an elderly man on a broken bicycle carrying his wife and his week’s vegetables to sell! This is a remarkably healthy and strong country, which put my fitness to shame! Sue and I went away to Nkhata Bay one weekend, and another weekend we spent a night at Kande Beach, and both were great fun, but as we got back to Mwaya, saying hello to all our friends along the way, it really did feel like we were home! How sorry I am to leave it so soon!

*Editor’s Note: Since Becky wrote her story, Malawi has passed a law banning child marriage, raising the minimum age to 18 years.

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Order! Order! The Rt Hon John Bercow MP Visits RIPPLE Africa

Friday the 13th is unlucky for some but not for RIPPLE Africa! Today we welcomed our local MP and Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow, to our Buckingham office to tell him about the amazing work staff and supporters do over in Malawi.

He was extremely impressed with Geoff and Liz’s story of how RIPPLE started and how, through sheer hard work, dedication and determination both here in the UK and in Malawi, the charity has developed so far.

John has been to Malawi and remembers that it was a country of great poverty, and he was interested to hear all about the projects we support, especially how each project area – Environment, Education and Healthcare – touch all areas of the lives of the local communities in and around Nkahta Bay District.

Geoff talked about the very successful Fish Conservation project and how, with our help and support, the local communities are really taking ownership and are seeing the benefits of our work to prevent over fishing in the lake.

He very much supported our ethos of giving a hand up and not a hand out, working with the local communities to develop skills and knowledge about protecting their environment and resources for the future.

John was impressed by the impact we make and thoroughly agreed that the only way to help developing countries make a meaningful change is to work at grassroots level, empowering and giving ownership to the local people.

We even managed to squeeze in a game of table tennis! Being “obsessed” about tennis meant that he was very keen to play!

John was taken with the idea that it was a good stress buster to have in the office – so look out House of Commons, there could be table tennis tables appearing all over the building!

It was a fantastic meeting, and we are very grateful for John’s support.

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RIPPLE Africa Volunteer Blog – No. 86

Prolific RIPPLE Africa blogger, volunteer Sue Morgan, has written her fourth post below.

Exploring the Neighbourhood
Faston is a self-employed artist and musician who’s very friendly and knows the area really well. He has happily taken on the role of being our walking tour guide at weekends!

Local Village Life
We had just left Mwaya when Faston suddenly hissed, “Lie down,” and dropped to the ground…a terrorist attack? No, we were about to walk into the middle of a swarm of bees which soon resembled a huge black cloud blocking our way. An alternate route soon had us headed for a narrow path through fields of maize crops. We stopped at a small house to say hello to a tiny little old lady, all brown and wrinkly like a walnut. It turned out we had stopped there because she had a cashew nut tree in her garden and was happy for us to help ourselves! Faston promised to show us how to make them edible later. Onward through fields, and we were soon joined by a crowd of little kids who just wanted to hold our hands, high five or have their picture taken. The kids here are so lively and happy! Our next stop was to rest under trees in a (very) small village of about six houses. It was fascinating to see everyday life and also very impressive to see that all the kids work alongside the adults! There were all ages, old and young, out in the fields, singing whilst clearing weeds with big heavy hoes; some kids were washing school uniform ready for next week, others were taking containers to get water, and two women were pounding cassava into flour. Of course we both had a go at pounding for about five minutes! It was exhausting! Faston got us some raw cassava to try – it tasted a little bit like like coconut. The people we met there were so happy to see us and made us feel very welcome.

Also in the village, there was a chicken house on stilts with a kind of ramp for them to get in and out.; apparently, they were built because of hyenas which are no longer a threat.

It was getting late so we went back to Faston’s house where he made a small fire with pieces of charcoal and baked the cashew…hmm, maybe it wasn’t cashew and I don’t know that it was edible – that’s all I can say! Then we went back to the beach as we were in need of a cold drink and a swim before dinner.

Mushroom Picking
The next walk was to a ‘mountain’ to pick mushrooms. It wasn’t a mountain, but it was quite a distance to hike through thick sand, planted fields and overgrown woods, and it was pretty steep. It was the same area that Becky and I had both been to when we visited schools, but this time we left the track and plunged into thick undergrowth…eek, snakes, thought I! Along the way, the landscape was a stunning mixture of colours, ranging through orange, yellow, red and brown in the soil, an amazingly deep blue sky and of course every imaginable shade of green. We tramped and scoured the land, but the dastardly mushroom pickers had beaten us to it! We went to visit another delightful old lady who looked like she was in her 80s but was as sprightly as a young thing. Again she was delighted to welcome us into her home and came to help us look for mushrooms…actually she and Faston searched while Becky and I stayed under a tree and talked to her 18 year old grandson and played with the family dog! He was a cool kid…his parents had both died so he left school to come and care for his grandmother and do the farm work for her.

Finally, the elusive mushrooms were located but Becky and I were not allowed to pick any because some were poisonous and they all looked the same to us! (Previously I had got into trouble at Mwaya Beach for starting to eat a raw mushroom – apparently this type of edible mushrooms is poisonous when eaten raw and could kill you so it has to be cooked!) By now it was getting late – we were all tired but happy, and we finally headed for home with a basket of mushrooms.

A Walk to a Viewpoint
Last weekend, I requested a walk under trees! The first port of call was Faston’s house so he could eat lunch and also collect his cousin who wanted to join us. I shared nsima and pumpkin leaves with the men, but I didn’t realise until we left that the women were eating on the other side of the house. Faston has a mulberry tree and a passion fruit tree in his garden, and the corn on the cob is almost ready to eat…yummy! I will definitely be back there to eat! Once lunch was over, we headed off and passed many small houses along the way where people had planted flowering shrubs and flowers around the walls. They looked too pretty to be real! There was even one house painted in bright colours which was just stunning – this is very unusual because paint is expensive.

As always, we were greeted by everyone and joined by lots of little kids. Then we hit the trees and started to climb – this was when I was told we were climbing a ‘mountain’ which had spectacular views. Actually, it wasn’t a hard climb as water erosion had dislodged rocks and created a natural staircase. I was just getting breathless when we reached the top and, yes, the views were lovely. I could spot the road I cycle down almost daily to get to Mazembe Primary School and, in the distance, I could see Kande village and, in the further distance, tiny villages dotted on the landscape. It was interesting to get a bird’s eye view of what is by now a very familiar route. We stopped there for a while to rest before heading back, and I got to the beach just before nightfall which was lucky as I didn’t have a torch and darkness is swift! I’m looking forward to the next expedition, although Faston has mentioned climbing a real mountain!

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A Visit to RIPPLE Africa’s UK Office

Long time supporter Peter Finch wrote this article following his recent visit to the UK office.

Back in April 2014, just after RIPPLE Africa opened its new UK headquarters, there was a blog entry informing us all about the new office. In that blog we were all invited to “drop in to see us for a cup of tea and maybe a game of ping pong”. Nearly a year later, I happened to be in the area so thought I would test that offer and meet everyone at the office.

My involvement with RIPPLE Africa has only been as a supporter and an avid reader of the weekly blog. The weekly stories from the volunteers at Mwaya on the work of the charity and the difference they make is inspirational. Therefore, an opportunity to meet with the people who make everything happen back in the UK was not to be passed up.

I was greeted by Liz, Geoff, Charlie and Pam. Unfortunately, Claire and Jo weren’t there that day so I wasn’t able to meet the whole team, but perhaps next time… I was made most welcome and not only had a cup of tea but the special biscuits were brought out too! It was great to experience first hand the enthusiasm the team have for the charity as a whole. I learnt about how Liz and Geoff first came across Mwaya (it appears it was as a result of a missed turning) and how the charity got its name. I hadn’t realised ‘RIPPLE’ was originally an acronym (I was told what it was but have already forgotten, I am afraid) but now I think is better thought of as descriptive of what happens in Mwaya. For example, Geoff was telling me about the success of the fish conservation project, so much so that the national Fisheries Department want to extend the project further along the lakeshore; hence the ‘Ripple’ effect.

My family and I were fortunate to be able to visit Malawi back in in 2009, when our daughter was teaching in Blantyre. Although we never made it north to Mwaya during our visit, we did experience the friendliness of Malawian people. It was an incredible trip and one that we will never forget. However, we also well remember the poverty and the lack of proper infrastructure and basic amenities. It is a salutary lesson to us in the UK who live in comparative luxury to experience extreme poverty. Therefore, supporting a charity that makes a difference is clearly worthwhile. I really hope I will be able to visit Mwaya one day to get an even better understanding of the tremendous projects and, of course, the Ripple effect. For instance, who cannot be intrigued by a Changu Changu Moto!

By the way, the team were true to their word, and I was persuaded to participate in a game of ping pong. I protested but there is no arguing it appears. I am ashamed so say I was on the side that lost 11-1.

My thanks to Liz, Geoff, Charlie and Pam for taking an hour out of their valuable time to indulge a passer by. We parted as friends – I look forward to the next time.

If anyone would like to follow Peter’s example and drop in for a chat, a cup of tea, and a game of table tennis, we’d be delighted to see you.

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RIPPLE Africa Volunteer Blog – No. 85

This is RIPPLE Africa volunteer Sue Morgan’s third blog

Weekend Breaks Are Great!

When you have worked hard all week, you deserve a little pampering … of course, we are already beautifully pampered by the Mwaya crew but it is still always good to have a change of scenery. So far, we have tried out two local destinations easily reached by public transport: Nkhata Bay and Kande Beach.

To get to Nkhata Bay took us about three hours travelling by minibus which is an experience in itself. The buses are very friendly and the people are just delightful as long as you are prepared to share space with a live chicken, farm plough and twice the number of people the vehicle was designed to carry! Once in Nkhata Bay, we made our way to Mayoka Lodge which was recommended as a great place to stay. It is a fair way out of town and an uphill slog, especially on a hot day, but when you get there the situation and views are spectacular! I will have a long lasting memory of my room that was perched on the edge of a cliff and the best four poster bed in a really comfortable room that had a fan/bedside lamp and a small balcony! The beach was very rocky so swimming involved quite a lot of slipping and sliding but, once in the water, it was gorgeous. Probably the only negative comment is that the noise from the bar got progressively louder as the alcohol level increased, and we didn’t get much sleep that night! The next day was spent swimming, doing a little shopping, and then having a great lunch at Aqua Africa before heading back to Mwaya.

A view of the beach

Check out the bed!

Kande Beach is much closer and can be easily reached by minibus (matola), cycling or a walk along the beach (except in the rainy season). It has a beautiful sandy beach and offers the opportunity to go snorkelling, diving, kayaking, or just relaxing in a hammock or at the bar. The rooms are pretty basic but very comfortable, and there is a well-equipped reasonably priced cafe for snacks and meals. Becky and I spent the first day swimming, lazing in the hammocks and getting sunburnt! A highlight was playing Bao with some locals under the shade of a mango tree. Day 2 started a bit grey so a slow start to the morning, but we had already arranged to go snorkelling in dugout canoes so, as soon as it brightened up, off we went! It was quite the experience balancing on the dugouts, especially as the fishermen who were rowing made it look so easy! The snorkelling around Kande Island was just wonderful and well worth the trip there. Coming back it was a little choppy, and my canoe rolled with me ending up in the water! It was very safe and laughable but getting back into the canoe was a challenge until one of the fishermen, who was probably about 20 years old, just pulled me from the water, no problem – we then all swapped canoes and carried on, amazing! The weekend ended with us getting a very windswept lift from Kande in the back of a Toyota pickup along with way too many other people. I am already looking forward to a return trip to Kande Beach!

Becky’s first time snorkelling!

How to relax

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RIPPLE Africa Volunteer Blog – No. 84

This blog is the second one to be written by volunteer teacher Sue Morgan

The Other Side of Malawi…the Rainy Season

Malawi is stunningly beautiful and full of lush vegetation which just flows through the landscape in never ending shades of green. The people are totally dependent upon fertile ground to grow essential food stuff, and this is the first country I have ever lived in or visited where people genuinely do live off the land because of the abundance of grain, fruits and vegetables. But of course, you can’t get any farming done without a bit of rain!

And if you think you know what rain is…think again! At times, it’s more like a deluge that can only be described as standing under a waterfall. It is not at all cold but in seconds you are completely and utterly wet through. There are also regular and spectacular thunderstorms, and personally I love the swirling and ominous black clouds that are accompanied by ear splitting crashes of thunder. Most days the rain lasts about half a day either in the morning or the afternoon – then the sun comes out and in an hour you are warm and dry. On really good days, it rains at night and the days are gloriously warm and fresh.

Potential visitors to Malawi, please do NOT be put off from coming because of the rain! It really can be a welcome, refreshing respite from the sun and in a bizarre way you feel really local when you are one of many huddled under a tree or just laughing with fellow (Malawian) cyclists because you have forgotten to take the umbrella and rainsuit and you cannot possibly get any wetter!! If you should come to Malawi in the rainy season between December and April, you will need the right gear! Whatever you are doing as a volunteer, you will inevitably be cycling at least 10km a day and most days you will get caught in a downpour. A jacket is NOT enough!! The photograph below shows me kitted out for cycling 7 km in a downpour. Check out the size of the umbrella which cost MWK2,000 (about £3 or US$4.50) and the rainsuit which is completely waterproof cost MWK6,000 (about £9 or US$13.50). The umbrellas can be bought locally (I am planning to get a rainbow coloured version!) and the rainsuit comes from Mzuzu (after seeing me look like a drowned rat on several occasions, a very kind teaching partner at Mwaya Primary School went and got mine for me).

As a teacher, an interesting side effect of the rain is the noise level in the older classrooms which all have tin roofs. I have, on two occasions, had to resort to sign language and written instructions on the board like ‘Take out your exercise books’ because it was impossible for anyone to hear anything over the deafening noise of the rain. Actually, we all just ended up laughing and abandoned the lesson! On a side note, I have got used to young kids coming into the classroom with machetes (slashers) and hoes because the rainy season is planting time and they have field work to do before and after school. Check out the age they start helping with field work in the picture below!

Don’t take my word for it – just come and see for yourself!

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RIPPLE Africa Volunteer Blog – No. 83

This blog is written by volunteer Becky Haigh

Hello from Mwaya!

I have been here for around two weeks now and am finding it surprisingly easy to adjust to the afternoon swims in the lake and the wonderful people here, though cycling in the sand is proving to be a bit more of a challenge! At the moment, it is just Sue (Ama Suzie) and myself here as volunteers so, along with my time exploring and learning more about the pre-schools, I have been helping her with some of her extra classes, and helping with the Adult Literacy classes on Tuesdays. Everyone is very determined and eager to learn, which makes the classes productive and great fun!

I have also been shown around some of the projects. Dan is incredibly knowledgeable (and patient!) when teaching me about the different plants at the tree nursery, and Charles has helped me negotiate the sandy tracks to visit each of the pre-schools where I have been meeting the children and the wonderful people who take care of them.

Sue in the tree nursery

On the weekends, we have been shown around the countryside by Faston, a local artist, and we have been on long walks to pick mushrooms, visit other villages, and cook food with his family. Last Sunday, we were very fortunate to be taken to a dance in Chiomba by Arnold (the day watchman and all-round man-in-the-know) to celebrate the harvest. This was the women’s dance, so local girls and women from each village each did a dance to chanting, drums and whistles. It was amazing to watch and was an incredible local custom to see.

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RIPPLE Africa Volunteer Blog – No. 82

This blog is written by Sue Morgan, a volunteer teacher

The end of a whirlwind first week at Mwaya Beach! Actually, not a complete week as I only arrived on Monday evening which seems unbelievable! Everyone I have met has been friendly and welcoming, and I have had so many new experiences that I already feel a part of the community. I have a bicycle for transport which is great except for getting stuck on the sandy tracks!! That happens a lot. Right now it is the rainy season so I need to have a raincoat with me. Needless to say, when I carry it with me it is glorious sunshine and when I forget it I get drenched. It is warm rain which is lovely but still wet!!

In the last few days, I have been to visit local primary schools and have been overwhelmed by the teachers’ ability to teach classes of 50+ students a demanding curriculum with very few resources.

The pre-schools have even less resources but somehow manage to teach the children basic skills needed for primary school and, at the same time, they have lots of fun. They sing, dance, learn letter and number names and have story time. I had fun trying pre-school dance routines where the children and teachers laughed at my attempts to show that Western people too can wiggle bottoms!

On Thursday, I went to observe an adult literacy group which is run on a voluntary basis in the afternoons. Women of all ages and abilities come to learn how to read and write in English. This class is followed by a sewing group that was set up by a previous volunteer. The women are learning how to make items for sale to give them a small independent income. I enjoyed my time in both groups and am looking forward to supporting and helping to develop both of these projects.

Yesterday, I went with one of the teachers to her home in a local village and ate traditional food (nsima) and locally caught fish for lunch. Nsima is a staple food made from cassava or maize which each family grows, and they have their own place for drying and pounding the roots into flour. I liked it but would not want to eat it for every meal as the Malawians do!

What a great way to start my three months in Malawi!

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Maggie is one of Collins Chanika’s clients. She is a two year old girl who most likely has Congenital Muscular Dystrophy, although, due to a lack of specialist medical services, it is difficult to make a definite diagnosis. Collins has been helping with Maggie’s care for the last eight months.

Congenital Muscular Dystrophy is a condition that presents at birth or within the first couple of years of a child’s life. It results in muscle weakness throughout the body and can cause joint deformities. It can also affect internal organs and the function of the brain.

Maggie and her mother live in a village with other members of their family. Maggie is unable to sit up or roll over when laid on the floor. If she is assisted into a sitting position, she cannot always hold her head up due to the weakness in her muscles. She requires help for all her daily care needs. In the last eight months, though, Collins has observed improvements in her attempts to begin moving about, and she is now able to recognise people around her and respond to them which she was previously unable to do. Her legs and arms are becoming stronger.

Due to the weakness in her leg muscles, she is also at risk of getting a secondary complication known as contractures. These restrict movement at her joints and can cause pain when moved. To prevent the contractures forming, Collins has splinted Maggie’s feet. This involves putting Plaster of Paris bandages on her feet and legs to maintain a stretch in her muscles. Once removed the length of the muscles in her legs are checked regularly and her family have been taught stretching exercises they must continue. They have also been advised on different positions she can sit or rest in and the importance of checking her foot position during these times.

Maggie’s feet being splinted

Maggie’s family have been taught the rehabilitation exercises that will try to help her begin to move around more and gain more control of her head position, and they continue these between Collins’ visits. Adequate seating to maintain a symmetrical, well supported sitting position is very important, though, for Maggie’s ability to interact with the world around her. From this position she can see more of the activity around her which will help stimulate her, stimulating objects (such as toys) can be placed in front of her where she can explore them, and it is better for her breathing and ability to swallow. She will also have to learn to control her head position against gravity which helps strengthen the muscles in her neck.

Currently all specialist seating is made by local carpenters out of wood, and Collins has to juggle his budget to provide this much needed equipment to clients such as Maggie, whilst also ensuring he can get other specialist equipment for other clients and getting some of the clients to hospital appointments in specialist centres. He also often gets stuck in himself with the carpenters, assisting them to make the equipment he needs!

Collins helping with some woodwork

As a trial, we investigated the possibility of using old cardboard boxes to make a chair for Maggie, looking at whether other materials are available to build specialist furniture. It took some time to source enough cardboard boxes (they are a rarity out here and when one does appear it is much sought after!), but we were able to get the process underway. Initially the cardboard has to be layered to strengthen it, sticking it together with flour and water paste, before the pieces for the chair are cut from it and joined together.

The chair in progress

Finally, it is decorated and covered with varnish to provide some protection against splashes. Slight adjustments were made once it was delivered to Maggie to ensure she sat well in it. This involved adding some extra support straps to help Maggie’s trunk position. By doing this, she was able to be sat in a better position and hold up her own head.

Once seated well, Maggie was able to complete different exercises and engage with her family more. The aim will be to remove some of the supportive strapping if Maggie’s strength improves.

Unfortunately, it seems that cardboard will not be a material that Collins can use often to make chairs due to its scarcity, so he will have to continue to budget for wooden chairs being made when the need arises.

Maggie is just one of his many clients who need adequate seating to be able to improve their muscle strength, sitting balance and interaction with their families – chairs will improve their quality of life and, for a number, improve their independence in daily tasks. If you feel you could help with a donation towards Collins’ work, please make a donation.

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Twelve Weeks of Christmas – Week 12

It’s nearly Christmas, and this is the last week of our 12 Weeks of Christmas stories. If you want to make a difference to people’s lives in Malawi, why don’t you buy a Christmas gift from our Christmas Gift Catalogue.

A generous gift of £313 could pay the salary of a teacher like Sylvia for six months

Sylvia Chiyaka is a teacher at Mazembe Primary School. Sylvia is 29, is married to Joseph and has three children.

RIPPLE Africa pays Sylvia’s salary. Before the school employed her, she had no job despite having finished secondary school with good grades, and the family struggled to make ends meet on only Joseph’s salary.

Her employment has made a huge difference not only to her family who now have a more secure financial future, but also to the pupils at Mazembe Primary School who are now benefitting from a better pupil teacher ratio.

Class size makes a real difference to educational attainment amongst younger pupils. Primary education in Malawi is provided by the government but government schools are under-funded and many are unable to afford enough teaching staff.

The goal of the Malawian government is for a ratio of 60 pupils to each teacher, but there are many classes of over 100 pupils and one in a school that we support has 135 pupils in a class – imagine trying to learn when there are 134 other pupils in your class trying to get the teacher’s attention!

RIPPLE Africa is helping by paying for 15 additional Malawian trainee teachers and providing teacher training opportunities for them. Our overseas volunteers also provide valuable help in the classroom as volunteer teaching assistants. We are keen to increase the numbers of teachers that we are funding and are actively fundraising to enable us to do this and ensure that class sizes are reduced. We also pay the monthly salaries of 24 pre-school teachers at the eight pre-schools that we manage which are not funded by the government at all.

We need your help so that we can employ more teachers like Sylvia – your gift will help us to provide more amazing teachers to give young children the best possible start in life!

On behalf of parents, teachers and children in Malawi, we’d like to say Thank You for taking the time to read about one of our education projects.

Tawonga Ukongwa!

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