KEEP Founder and Director Sarah Greenberg recently met with Mr. Nkhata, Education Division Manager of Malawi's Ministry of Education. Kabudula Primary School and Kabudula Community Day Secondary School are among the 106 schools he oversees in the region. He told KEEP, "Aid does not work, unless it is done in partnership with the community." KEEP was happy to receive his words of encouragement.
Mr. Nkhata praised KEEP for its innovative programming, and specifically for consulting the community about their best ideas for change, for having community service as part of our scholarship program, and for promoting peer counseling to inspire students to be role models in their community.
When discussing the library building project (planned for the start of next school year), Mr. Nkhata praised how the plan calls for community collaborationin the building and design process, and also pledged a financial contribution from the Ministry for the library. "If the process of building is done by you, the community will not care for it when you are gone. They will call it the WAM building. If they take part in every process, they will care for the building always, and see it as their own." The secondary school has a small budget for building projects, which on its own is not enough to build a library, but when combined with WAM funds, will be enough to make the school a partner in financing. When the project is finished, the library will truly belong to Kabudula.
KEEP --and Kabudula --are lucky to have Mr. Nkhata's support and partnership.