For the past few years, we have been fully supporting the education of four young girls who would not normally be able to afford it. Two of the girls have recently graduated! Here is a heartwarming letter written by one of these remarkable young women:
Two new girls have just been selected to begin their studies, and we have been discussing the possibility of supporting more girls in the future. Due to the current economic situation in Malawi we had to defer this decision to a later date, but the education of these orphaned girls remains a high priority for the Theresa Foundation. For more information on why the education of women in Africa is vital, see this article.
One of the larger endeavours supported by the Theresa Foundation in Mnjale is the farming program. The villagers practice subsistence agriculture, which is made more difficult by the poor quality soil. Every year, the Foundation purchases much needed fertilizer and seeds for six large gardens maintained by the grandmothers, aided by young volunteers. Moreover, as part of a feeding program, the Foundation provides the grandmothers and children with nsima, a maize based food, for when it’s needed. The grandmothers have also received training in grain storage methods, as well as in marketing and nutrition.
Finally, we continue in the tradition of our founder by sending money every year around Christmas time so as to provide a large festive meal for the village. This has become a welcome tradition.
In addition to these larger projects, there are many smaller but no less important items we’ve supplied them with. These smaller things were supplied on the basis of need, and were asked for by the villagers:
Fondation Thérèse Bourque Lambert 2011
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