We help educate children to save Malawi

Republic of Malawi
support for education

Back in 2008, Malawi saw 10 people die in every hour of every day. AIDS caused the deaths of hundreds, thousands of locals, who left their children behind. Because of this, the fight for them to survive, to grow up, to gain a profession, and to realise that they can avoid infection is so important. Dominika Kulczyk’s international Kulczyk Foundation helps improve living conditions and education of the children of Malawi.

Malawi is infamous for being in the top ten countries with the highest AIDS mortality rate. The residents of this small country often have no idea that they have been infected and unknowingly spread it to others. Because of this, Malawi has its share in a horrifying statistic. Over 7 thousand people in the world are infected with the HIV virus every day, while 5 thousand die of AIDS-related diseases.

When parents die in Malawi, they leave behind helpless children, who all too often are also carriers of the deadly disease. Fortunately, the state is starting to pay more attention to proper diagnostics and free treatment. The awareness of the locals is slowly changing, but the horrible price paid by the previous generation will never be compensated.

In Malawi, Kulczyk Foundation provides support to an amazing venture, which is the Jacaranda Vocational School headed by Jacaranda Foundation. Malawi is in dire need of professionals, engineers, scientists, and craftsmen. On the other hand, this is the only way for these children to escape poverty. The school operates as a social venture and makes wonderful things – from bread to furniture!

where we are

Republic of Malawi

How we help:

We adapted the Jacaranda Vocational School building and equipped the carpentry workshop:10000 USD

We adapted the Jacaranda Vocational School building for the needs of the bakery and catering:10000 USD

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    Marie Da Silva Director and founder of Jacaranda Foundation

    Marie was born and raised in Chigumula, Malawi. She lost 14 relatives to AIDS, including her father, who contracted the disease during a blood transfusion. For 19 years, Marie worked as a nanny in the United States. She opened the Jacaranda school for orphans in her family home in Chigumula. For years, she donated one-third of what she made as a babysitter in the States towards maintaining the school and paying the teachers. She returned to Malawi in 2010. For her activity in 2008, she received the CNN Hero award.

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    Luc Deschamps Executive director of Jacaranda Foundation

    Luc is from France. He graduated journalism from the Sorbonne University and then ended up on an internship in Malawi, which was when he met Marie. Luc claims that he immediately realised that Marie would be someone special in his life. He later lived in New York for 10 years and, as fate would have it, he ran into Marie once again. In 2007, he moved to Malawi for good to supervise the Jacaranda School for Orphans. After the death of Marie’s mother, the foundation needed someone to operate it on the spot. He and Marie got married 19 years after they first met.

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    John Samson Student of the Jacaranda School for Orphans

    John is 16 years old. His parents died of AIDS when he was 4 and it later turned out that he was HIV-positive. He begged for food. Things changed when he came to Jacaranda. When he was twelve, he won the Royal Commonwealth Junior Essay Competition when he wrote about the day, on which he put on his best clothes. The clothes were his school uniform, because when he was wearing it no one could tell that he was poor or HIV-positive. He was rewarded with a trip to London and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II.

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    Tadala Mawindo Student of the Jacaranda School for Orphans

    Tadala is 17 years old and in the second grade of Jacaranda School. She attends the foundation’s make-up classes. She is already an experienced make-up artist and also teaches her own classes. She learned the secrets of applying make-up from the famous Hollywood makeup artist Tracey Anderson, who visited Jacaranda two years ago. Tadala also applies makeup outside of the school classes, e.g. for weddings. She lives with her mother and siblings. Her father, Tadali, died of AIDS. Her mother is HIV-positive.

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    Flomina Mawindo Mother of a student of the Jacaranda School for Orphans

    Flomina Mawindo is the mother of the 17-year-old Tadala and participant of a special social programme in Jacardanda, which is based on microcredits. The programme aims to give women a chance at professional activation. Tadala’s mom sells the vegetables she raises on the field at her house and makes enough to support her family. Flomina has five children. Her husband died of AIDS like thousands of other men and women in Malawi and infected Flomina with HIV.

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    Kulczyk Foundation will allocate 100% of collected funds to supported humanitarian and medical projects.

     

     

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