Emily has just completed her first year in secondary school. She speaks about her time ni Chifundo and a typical day during the Summer School.
Davy is the first student in Chifundo to progress to Third Level. He will pursue his dream to become a dentist. Davy speaks about the opportunity Chifundo has given him.
Triphonia speaks about her time with Chifundo and what it means to her.
Before the first group of volunteers left this summer, Evance stood up in front of his peers and the volunteers to deliver a speech he had prepared. In it, he detailed exactly what Chifundo has done for him and how grateful he is to everyone who has donated over the years and who continues to help him and the rest of the children in Chifundo. Before we left we got Evance to recant his speech for all to see back home.
Philip Bourke, returning after two years to volunteer again in Zomba has put together a quick blog post on some of his experiences and impressions this time around.
This Friday the 6th of April at 8pm, Landsdowne Rugby Club are hosting a Charitable Fundraiser for the Chifundo Foundation. Pete and the Hobosapiens will take to the stage on the night supported by The Cardinals. It is the first visit to these shores for both of these groups who feature two of our Summer School volunteers Peter Cogavin and Freddy Cardozo. Tickets are 20 euro or a donation can be made at the door on the night. Come out for a great nights entertainment and support our cause once more!!
In 2016 we brought an idea to the locals. To use the leaves of a locally grown tree, the Moringa Oleifera, to try and provide an extra source of nourishment to the children. We planted some trees on the Campus that summer and over the following 12 months received updates on their growth.
In summer 2017, the idea grew further. We were able to pick Moringa leaves, dry them and crush them to a powder. This powder is often found for sale at local markets in Zomba. We experimented with a number of ways to try and introduce Moringa to the children’s diets.
After some refinement, the most popular with the children turned out to be adding Moringa powder to fruit smoothies created from produce on our farm and through Flapjacks.
Since last years summer school, the locals have begun to build further on this. They are now incorporating some Moringa powder in smoothies and flapjacks for the children as well as educating them in the growth, maintenance and harvesting of the tree.
The images above were received in January. The rains had arrived and for that one time each year, Zomba was green!