A Message from Monica, Shalomu, Allina and Patrica
Board Member Karen Hardy (pictured with Monica) had a fantastic time visiting the girls at Bakhita in May. Although time was limited, she was able to film the girls expressing their gratitude for their Daughters of Toleza scholarship. Check out the messages from Patricia, Allina, Monica, and Shalomu on youtube! We wish them well as they finish their first year at Bakhita!
A Day in the Life of a Bakhita Student
Sister Melissa, headmaster at Bakhita Secondary School and pictured with Karen, shares some insight on the girls' life at Bakhita. They have a full schedule, but know how important their education is to better themselves and their communities. You'll be exhausted just reading about it!
The first bell rings at 4am. The 400 female students of Bakhita wake up, bathe, and clean their living quarters. Study begins at 5am until breakfast is served at 6am. They eat 'phala' - a type of porridge made of maize flour. Morning assembly commences at 7:10am, where the girls receive announcements. Classes start at 7:30am and end at 3:40pm, at which time they have a short break. Evening study runs from 4:30 to 9pm, with a dinner break. Lights out at 9:30 for a good night's sleep!
As Sister Melissa shares: The schedule of a day at Bakhita is very full. Yet the commitment of the students to their studies is excellent. The girls know that the main way to a brighter future in Africa is through education, so they are extremely keen to make the most of their opportunity to learn at Bakhita. They also know that their parents or guardians sacrifice a lot for them to come here, so consequently they donâ€™t want to disappoint their families. Many of our students are orphans, so they know how precious a chance at education is, so that they can become agents of change for their community and for Malawi.
Goodies for the Girls
Karen delivered some personal hygiene goodies to the girls
from generous individuals in the States!
2013 Scholarship Selection
Karen worked with the Toleza Farm-based scholarship team to select this year's recipients. Seven girls were interviewed by the team in May during Karen's visit. Stay tuned for the next newsletter for information on the recipients!!!
Karen's 2013 Ride for Malawi
Daughters of Toleza wishes Karen well on her 2013 Ride for Malawi! She will be biking 500 miles in August throughout NY-NJ-PA to raise awareness and funds for our partner organization Education Malawi. Check out Educate Malawi's blog for more up-to-date information as it emerges!
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