Jacaranda UK Foundation
What did we do?
We asked schools and education projects in Malawi what their most urgent financial need was. Without exception they said funding for teachers' salaries. Funds for building classrooms or buying textbooks are very important, but very few organisations are willing to pay for salaries. That is where we step in.
What is our record to date?
In 2016 we paid for three months of teachers' salaries at Jacaranda School for Orphans, and in 2017 we paid for three more months, as well as one month of teachers' salaries for the Jacaranda Technical and Vocational College. In 2018 we were able to increase our contribution to cover three months of teachers' salaries in both the Jacaranda School for Orphans, and the Jacaranda Technical and Vocational College.
What are we doing?
We are currently raising money to help build a technical college, near to Jacaranda School for Orphans.
Why are we doing it?
Some of our secondary school graduates do not go to University. We want to give them the chance to learn practical skills that they can take out into the real world and use to earn a living.
How far have we got?
We have already raised enough money to build two workshops in which the children will be able to learn woodwork and mechanical engineering, and we are currently raising money to build further classrooms and workshops so they can learn skills such as metal work and hairdressing.
What did we do?
In February 2015, we completed our first project: funding the drilling and building of a solar-powered well in the Jacaranda school yard, providing unlimited, clean, free water to the school.
Why did we do it?
We saw that the school frequently went days without water. Sometimes the city services turned off the water supply, often for days at a time, leaving the children with no drinking water or any water to wash in. A few times this even resulted in the school having to close over hygiene concerns.
What does it teach the children?
The well is powered by solar panels that will keep the 250 litre tank full at all times, so even when there is no rain for a few days, there will still be a store of water there for the school to use. This is a wonderful example to the children of how green technology can improve the lives of people in Malawi. The water will also be used to grow crops for the school, so we can provide even healthier, nutritious food for the children, and so we can teach them how to grow food sustainably for themselves.
This is exactly the kind of project the Jacaranda UK Foundation wants to promote.
It makes a meaningful and sustainable impact on the school and the surrounding area. We are thrilled that the well is up and running, and that Jacaranda has water!
A selection of the projects we've helped to make happen