Malawi, Africa, is one of the poorest countries on earth with a GDP of $450AUD per person.
In 2016, the United Nations World Food Programme declared Malawi, Africa, a “Level 3” which is their highest level of emergency, identifying that 6.5 million (just over a third of the population of 18 million) Malawians need immediate food aid.
Project Kindy fundraises in Australia to support locally run kindergartens in rural Malawi that are managed by the Canossian Sisters. The collaborative kindergarten model provides vital, immediate food security for vulnerable children through the nutritious lunches and improves their ‘school readiness’, raising long term educational and living standard outcomes. Moreover, as active leaders in the initiating and running of the kindergartens, the local villagers avoid the pitfalls of passive receivership.
Project Kindy and Canossian Daughters of Charity Partnership
Project Kindy pursues the following charitable purposes:
- Advance education and relieve poverty by providing funds for kindergartens run by the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Malawi.
- Advance education and relieve poverty by providing scholarships for young people who are from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to study at schools or educational institutions
Work in Malawi
Project Kindy partners with the Canossian Daughters of Charity Sisters to provide village-based, community-run kindergartens for children in Nsanama and surrounding areas in rural Malawi, Africa.
Project Kindy fundraises in Australia to provide the necessary funds for the short and long term sustainability of the kindergartens. The Canossian Daughters of Charity Sisters manage the kindergartens and regularly inform the Project Kindy Committee of the work and the partners will help each other to achieve their goals. A Project Kindy Committee representative will visit the kindergartens every 3 years, self-funded, to evaluate the work and research how to best support the work of the Sisters and local communities.
Project Kindy will electronically transfer an annual donation to the Canossian Daughters of Charity bank account in March each year for 11 (as of 2019) kindergartens.
Part of the annual donation will provide for short term needs through the purchase of:
- Daily lunches for the children through bulk purchase of grain etc (see budget).
- Bags of grain for the volunteers as incentives and to show appreciation
- Transport costs of the delivery of bulk purchase of food and transport costs for visiting each kindergarten
- Medicated bags for the storage of the food
- School fees scholarships
Part of the annual donation will provide for long term needs through the gradual funding of:
- Permanent classrooms
- Solar power
- Storage for grain
- Educational resources
- Professional development of volunteer teachers
Project Kindy will also send educational resources by mail wherever possible and (hopefully) have Australian early years educators join the committee’s 3 yearly visits to provide training for the volunteer teachers and Sisters.
The 11 kindergartens and the number of children attending each one are:
1 Bakhita Nursery 177 children
2 Katundu Holy Family 56
3 Nkasho St Pius 79
4 Masao St Kizito 51
5 Mlambe 30
6 Tadala St Teresa 90
7 Mwai Wathu Mtima 58
8 Mahethe St Anna 58
9 Napini St Augustino 41
10 Tikondane 55
11 Kankolosi 15
Total children 710
Total teachers 30
|Food for children’s lunches||Maize/Sugar/Rice/Salt/Beans||6000|
|Transport||Delivering above to Sisters and Sisters’ travel to villages||300|
|Storage bags||Medicated bags for maize, sugar, rice, salt and beans||300|
|Scholarships||School fees for children in extreme poverty||300|
|Permanent Classroom Construction||One construction each year is funded||7000|
|Bank fees 2%||Tanzania and Malawi banks take 1% each||358|
The number of kindergartens that Project Kindy and the Canossian Daughters of Charity Sisters in the Nsanama area and surrounds work for have stayed at 11 in total since 2017. If new kindergartens are requested from other village communities, the Sisters and the Project Kindy committee will discuss the sustainability of taking them on and decide on a case-by-case basis whether to support the new kindergarten or not. Factors to consider are how many children would be attending, the location and the cooperation of the local community as well as the Project Kindy committee’ fundraising capacity. If Project Kindy cannot afford to take on a new kindergarten or if the Sisters deem the initiative unsustainable, it will not be approved. If on the other hand both partners agree that there is capacity to support, run and manage a new kindergarten the partners will approve the new request.
The Canossian Daughters of Charity Sisters will send a written report, detailing the work being carried out at the kindergartens, to the Project Kindy committee twice a year. The Canossian Daughters of Charity will also send a detailed excel spreadsheet of how the funds have been spent plus receipts of purchases twice a year. The Sisters will also send regular photos and videos of the kindergartens. The Project Kindy committee will evaluate the work formally in person every 3 years in Malawi and annually in Australia at their strategic planning day.
Project Kindy and the Canossian Daughters of Charity are committed to empowering the local people, our beneficiaries, to be self-sustaining in the long term. Beginning in 2019, each year we donate funds to build infrastructure for the kindergartens including permanent classrooms, solar power, wells, irrigation and storage. We hope that this infrastructure will empower the local people to be able to grow and store the food for the kindergarten lunches and hopefully also provide alternative sources of income for the community-owned kindergartens. It will take 15 to 20 years for us to be able to achieve this goal with fundraising and it will also require the local communities to create, run and manage their sourcing of food and income for the kindergartens.
We expect the cost of each element to fluctuate each year. The cost of a permanent classroom is approximately $7000AUD. The cost of a well is approximately $8000AUD. The cost of solar power is approximately $2000AUD. The cost of irrigation and storage is approximately $10 000AUD. The total cost for each kindergarten is $27000AUD. The cost for all 11 kindergartens is approximately $297 000AUD.
These elements of infrastructure will be funded one at a time for each kindergarten. The order in which these elements will be funded is:
- A Permanent Classroom (bricks and cement) for each kindergarten
- A water well for each kindergarten
- Solar Power for each kindergarten
- Irrigation and storage for each kindergarten
Project Kindy and the Canossian Daughters of Charity Sisters in Nsanama commit to providing safe kindergartens for the children by adhering to their agreed Child Safety processes. Please refer to our Code of Conduct, Photography Policy, Reporting Procedure, Screening Procedure and other child safety documents.
The Project Kindy committee is committed to avoiding terrorism and has checked that the names of the Canossian Daughters of Charity Sisters are not in the DFAT Consolidated List or terrorist organisations listed under the Criminal Code as sighted in September 2019.
This Project Plan has been agreed upon by both partners:
Nsanama Head Sister, Sr Joanita Kayungilizi
Nominated Contact, Sr Giovanna Tosi
President Project Kindy, Donna Power
Secretary Project Kindy, Kiara Palmer