For many years people in the villages of Malawi have been unable to send their children to Secondary School, because most people are very poor and their daily income is less than 1 U.S. dollar. They cannot afford to pay school fees and associated school expenses which results in many of the adults who live in the villages being unable to read and write. This situation in the villages creates an environment for early marriages and lack of informed decisions. Often it is more difficult for poorly educated people to utilise natural resources, such as farming land, efficiently and thus improve their standards of living.
A partnership was formed between Chikondi Baptist Church (and their church plants) and St. Peter’s Baptist Church. Having seen the need and after much prayer, the members of St. Peter’s Baptist Church, who send a Mission Team to Malawi regularly, agreed to set up a sponsorship scheme to enable some boys and girls in the Nsankhani area to attain secondary education. This is now in its 11th year.
- The main objective of this sponsorship programme is to provide school fees for students whose parents are unable to pay the fees and who would therefore not be able to attend Secondary school.
- The programme is to help Christian young people, who are part of the churches partnered with St Peter’s Baptist Church, to attain secondary school education.
- As a result of this, the numbers of educated people in the churches, planted with the help of St Peter’s Baptist Church will be increased. This will help the local church and community.
The people who are eligible for this programme are those who meet the following conditions:-
- The students or the parents or carers must have been been a member of one of the churches planted with the help of St Peter’s Baptist Church for at least 4 months
- The students must be chosen from amongst the poorest families
- The students must maintain good grades and pass the end of year exams. Otherwise sponsorship may be withdrawn.
- The student must promise to work hard, hand in homework on time and behave well.
Donations can be made in a variety of ways:
- as a cash sum directly to the Church Treasurer Sarah Stansfield or any member of the Malawi Task Group
- by cheque made payable to St Peter’s Baptist Church ref ‘Malawi Ed’
- by BACS transfer or standing order
- online by following this link: http://www.stpetersbaptist.org.uk/malawi-education
A Student’s Story
This is a picture of one of the first students sponsored under the Scheme.
One summer, when he was a boy, his family had a really good tobacco crop and were able to sell this at a good price. His father used most of the money to learn to drive and obtain a driving license. He found a good job as a driver but then, he abandoned his family, leaving his mother to bring up her family alone.
About 10 years ago he started attending Sunday School and then qualified for sponsorship for secondary school under the Scheme. He was then about 18 years old. He did very well at school and 4 years ago was interviewed during a visit by the Malawi Team and a sponsor found to enable him to go to university. His aim is to get a good job to enable him to support his mother, his brothers and sisters and their families.