On Tuesday, May 26, on the quiet evening campus of Khwawa Community Day Secondary School, the flick of a switch turned on a light bulb in one of the school’s classrooms. This small motion carried monumental significance in the development of the school. Within the 40+ years of the school’s existence, never have they been able to turn on light powered by electricity. The students now have unlimited access to light in all four classrooms, allowing them to spread out and study into the evening hours. With a sun that sets at six o’clock each day, year round, access to light is an integral part of a students’ learning experience. Before this Tuesday evening, in order to participate in night studies, over 200 students were forced to cram into two classrooms with limited desk and seating space, and work under two small solar-powered lights.
Over the past three months, Determined to Develop has been working to help Khwawa Community Day Secondary School secure the installation and connection of electricity to its campus and staff houses. With the help of 46 individual donors and groups, over $5,000 was raised for the project. The school is now open to the possibilities of using computers, printers, setting up proper science lab equipment and improving the girl’s hostel. A simple addition such as electricity will also improve the security of the school, providing outside lights throughout the campus. Another great benefit of this development is that all of the teachers’ houses have been fitted for electricity. This is a big improvement and selling point for the school in recruiting future teachers. Many educators have turned down positions at Khwawa due to the absence of electricity in the staff houses.
Khwawa CDSS is a school that is no stranger to Determined to Develop. It has been the recipient of D2D projects in the past, such as the building of two classrooms for the school. Many of the organization’s sponsored students attend Khwawa and as a result, receive the benefits of the electricity fundraiser. The electricity could not have arrived at a more opportune time, as Form 2 and Form 4 students are preparing to take their government-issued certificate exams.
This blog post was written by Samantha Burgoon, who has been volunteering in Malawi with Determined to Develop since July 2014. She is working as a volunteer Educator at Khwawa Community Secondary School and spearheaded the successful fundraising campaign which brought electricity to Khwawa.
Tawonga chomene (We thank you)