We are building hope for a new generation. We aim to continually promote reading and literacy in our communities. We are creating a hub for adult and youth Arts and Sports activities at the Mitongwe Reserve, with a Play Centre hosting Mom and Toddler programs.
Construction is complete on the new Community Center at Mitongwe, which will now house the majority of these programs. We have collected books, opened the library and have organized our donations of children’s school supplies for the Preschool. Fundraising is in place to create the Computer Lab.
Why are we doing this?
Illiteracy is a problem throughout Malawi, resulting in many people struggling with basic daily tasks. Over the years the lack of access to affordable schooling has led to literacy rates being about 66% of adults over the age of 15. This is improving with the younger people, but many are still left out. These adults want to be able to read the newspaper, write letters, understand forms, read a simple story to their children, and join the library.
Access to books is critical to developing a greater understanding of the world, providing entertainment, advice, reference, exposure to outside cultures, practices and views. The habit of reading is encouraged, but also the thirst for knowledge and openness to new ideas. Our free Community Library will be a vital resource.
How we work
The Community Center has been funded by donors. We will pay the running costs, including teacher salaries, to provide this facility to the community. We will support adult education classes each week where reading and writing will be taught. We are organizing youth, arts and sports programs.
How you can help?
Where needed most
We don’t know what a day will bring, but when it brings crisis or illness we want to be able to come alongside. Your gift will enable us to provide the immediate and appropriate response where it is needed the most.