Rotarians lend support to Malawi

Educating girls in Malawi

Memory Chazeza and Christie Johnson were in Vernon last December talking about the Malawi Girls School.

They’re happy to report that things are going well and the school had its first graduation, a class of 72 girls in June.

“I have been told again and again that this school is unlike any other school in the country. The standard of living is truly excellent and the girls are amazing, and it is clear that they are receiving excellent instruction,” said Johnson, who visited the school recently. n“This could not have happened without the support of Rotarians and the public in your area.”

Some of the graduates will attend university in Malawi, others will receive loans to start their own small businesses and three will get scholarships to study in Canada.

The Atsikanan Pa Ulendo (Malawi Girls on the Move) Education Foundation was founded by Johnson, who taught in Malawi, and Chazeza, a Malawi native who managed to get an education and wants other young women in her country to have the same chance.

The foundation is based in Victoria where Johnson is a teacher at Pearson College. For details, see