Zikomo Kwambiri from everyone at Ngumbe and Chitsime!

November 1st, 2015

avatar kblack
Published in Fundraising & Events, Primary 4/5

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Now that I have returned safely to St Stephen’s, I would like to thank all of the parents, pupils and staff for your amazing generosity and support with my trip to Malawi. During the time that I was in Malawi, I used the money raised from Malawi Day and Dress Down Day to supply more than 90 new library books, 300 Mary’s Meals cups and spoons (for some of the children who did not have cups and therefore couldn’t receive food) and to paint the 66 chalkboards at Ngumbe and Chitsime. As well as this, we managed to reorganise the library, categorise and catalogue the books, teach children and teachers essential reading skills, provide training for teachers and learn a huge amount about Malawian culture and teaching and learning skills. I will share what I have learned to benefit our staff and children at St. Stephen’s. From the teachers, pupils and parents of Ngumbe and Chitsime primaries, I have been asked to pass on a very heart felt message-

‘Zikomo Kwambiri- thank you very much for supporting our schools and the Malawi Leaders of Learning Project, for the books which will allow more children to learn to read and write English in school and at home, improving their education and chances of gaining employment in the future. Thank you for the cups and spoons which the children will use to receive nutrient enriched likinu phala porridge which helps them to be strong, healthy and able to concentrate. Even bigger thanks for the newly painted chalkboards which are easier for the teachers to write on and for the children to read.’

The schools have a combined roll of almost 9000 pupils. I feel a great sense of pride and gratitude that St Stephen’s has been able to help so many Malawian people in different ways and that I can share my learning with our school community. None of this would have been possible without your kindness and I assure you that it is very much appreciated by me and by everyone I worked with in Malawi.

There is an African proverb-
‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’

This is something I think we do every day at St Stephen’s. I hope that this will be that start of a beautiful friendship with Ngumbe and Chitsime! Zikomo kwambiri, Miss Black x

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