From Timaru to Malawi to support kids
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.
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.