From Ti­maru to Malawi to sup­port kids

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ESTHER ASHBY-COVEN­TRY

Con­cerns over the level of achieve­ment of spon­sored Malawi high school students is one of the rea­sons a group of five Ti­maru Shine Re­lief Trust sup­port­ers are headed for east Africa.

The group left New Zealand on Mon­day for the two-and-a-half week fact-find­ing trip in a coun­try that has strug­gled with two years of drought.

Pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion is free in Malawi but high school is not, though the Gov­ern­ment de­ter­mines which high school students will at­tend.

New Zealand Shine Re­lief Trust trustee Lyn­ley Marett said the spon­sored students were not achiev­ing as well as had been ex­pected.

The Ti­maru pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion tu­tor wanted to in­ves­ti­gate what was oc­cur­ring there and of­fer fur­ther train­ing and sup­port to the teach­ers.

Part of her ex­plo­ration would in­clude see­ing what was work­ing else­where.

One of the trust’s other pro­jects is Shine Vil­lage, which of­fers a home and early child­hood cen­tre for or­phans.

The four other mem­bers of the group will have dif­fer­ent fo­cuses.

Re­cently ap­pointed Ti Kouka Kinder­garten head teacher Ja­nine Don­ald­son will look at the preschool pro­gram at the vil­lage and dis­trib­ute re­sources, as well as of­fer­ing fur­ther train­ing to the teach­ers.

At the cen­tre the 120 chil­dren are given por­ridge to eat, usu­ally their only meal all day.

Us­ing his farm­ing know- ledge, An­drew Murdoch is set to have an overview of the vil­lage’s agri­cul­tural ini­tia­tives and help the vil­lagers to be more self- sus­tain­ing with their ven­tures.

He will also in­ves­ti­gate set­ting up a maize mill.

While Moun­tain­view High School deputy head boy Ben Dal­loway will be let loose to play foot­ball and in­ter­act with the males, his mother Pas­tor Dawn Dal­loway will be look­ing at the church plant­ing and the first chil­dren’s home of six to eight or­phans looked af­ter by house par­ents.

Dawn Dal­loway said the trust hoped to build more houses with house par­ents so the chil­dren did not have to go to large or­phan­ages.

All group mem­bers will bring re­ports of their ar­eas back to the New Zealand trus­tees for fu­ture plan­ning.

PHOTO: JOHN BISSET/FAIR­FAX NZ

Pack­ing do­nated cloth­ing to take to Malawi with them to sup­port Shine Vil­lage or­phans are Shine Re­lief Trust sup­port­ers Ja­nine Don­ald­son, An­drew Murdoch, Ben­jamin Dal­loway and his mother, Pas­tor Dawn Dal­loway.

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