Our Work

Malawi, Africa, is one of the poorest countries on earth with a GDP of $450AUD per person.

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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.

By supporting Project Kindy in this way you can be assured that:

  • 100% of donations collected will directly reach the grassroots level and fund the $4/month/child kindergarten fees of the children. Your help will provide immediate food security and long term improvements in the educational and living standards of the children
  • The sustainability and scope of the program in Malawi will be strengthened by your very valuable contribution, and we will regularly report back to you regarding your impact

The work of Project Kindy aims to nourish children in need with daily nutritious lunches and early years education with a focus on language and social skills development. Recent years of harsh droughts and destructive floods have worsened the extreme poverty suffered by subsistence farming families in Malawi and children are amongst the most vulnerable, especially in rural areas.  Project Kindy raises funds to provide Kindergarten Fees which cost only $4/child/month.

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Project Kindy Donors enjoy a direct connection to their Malawian Beneficiaries through our strong relationship with the Canossian Daughters of Charity and the chiefs, teachers, parents and children of the rural villages in Malawi where our kindergartens are located. 100% of the general donations received by Project Kindy directly reaches the kindergartens.  The Aussie dollar stretches a long way in Malawi!

Donors are the lifeblood of Project Kindy and their trust and compassion is not taken for granted.

Project Kindy began with 1 kindergarten of 40 students in September 2011 and has expanded over time to 11 this year, and now directly supports over 700 children.

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


Project Kindy and Canossian Daughters of Charity Partnership

Project Plan

Mission

Project Kindypursue 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
  • Wells
  • Solar power
  • Irrigation
  • 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

Budget

Item Description Annual $USD
Food for children’s lunches Maize/Sugar/Rice/Salt/Beans 6000
Teachers’ incentives Maize 4000
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
  Total 17 900
Bank fees 2% Tanzania and Malawi banks take 1% each 358
  Total USD 18258
  Total AUD 26550

New Kindergartens

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.

Progress Monitoring

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.

Exit Strategy

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:

  1. A Permanent Classroom (bricks and cement) for each kindergarten

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  • A water well for each kindergarten

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  • Solar Power for each kindergarten

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  • Irrigation and storage for each kindergarten

Child Safety

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.

Counter Terrorism

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

Electronic Signature:    Sr Joanita Kayungilizi

Date:   14 September 2019

Nominated Contact, Sr Giovanna Tosi

Electronic SignatureSr Giovanna Tosi

Date:   14 September 2019

President Project Kindy, Donna Power

Electronic Signature:   Donna Power

Date:  14 September 2019

Secretary Project Kindy, Kiara Palmer

Electronic Signature:  Kiara Palmer

Date:  14 September 2019