One of the focal areas of There is Hope’s work is education. In Malawi, education is key to fostering sustainable economic growth and creating positive social change. Receiving an education can open opportunities for higher income, positive changes in public health, greater environmental concern and stronger communities. In the lives of refugees, education is key for successful integration in a host country or for successful repatriation. Education plays a crucial role for social cohesion and offers a much needed stable and safe environment.There is Hope offers educational programs in Childhood Development (ECD), Secondary and University studies, and Vocational Training.
Over half of the people living in Dzaleka Refugee Camp are under 18. They have access to primary and secondary education in their vicinity, but only very few of the top performing students are able to continue onto University.
We aim to increase the number of opportunities for deserving men and women through our University Scholarship Program. Each year we select the strongest applicants from the refugee and host community, to pursue diplomas or degrees in one of Malawi’s Universities. Although Malawi currently limits employment possibilities for refugees strictly to medical and teaching careers, we believe that education is not only the best way to assure successful integration in the host country but also repatriation. We believe our scholarships prepare future leaders to make a positive contribution to their home country or host community.
Our founder, Innocent Magambi, was once a beneficiary of a similar scholarship. Being exposed to education and to “the outside world” were both catalysts for him to conceive the vision for There is Hope.
Since 2009, we have sponsored more than 30 refugee men and women in our University Scholarship Programme. Our sponsorship covers tuition and boarding for degrees at a Malawian university that take between two and four years. We also strive to provide moral support and encouragement along the way. In 2016 we expanded the scope of our work and included Malawians in our University Scholarship Program.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (ECD)
In Malawi, communities play a central role in providing education, health, and nutrition. A child’s earliest years are crucial for determining their overall development. Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a community based program for children from birth to eight years of age. Members of the community are asked to volunteer, as care givers, to instruct the children in preparation for primary school. Early Childhood Development (ECD) can have a lasting impact on the holistic development of a child. There is Hope supports community-based ECD initiatives by facilitating trainings to equip the caregivers to teach the children and by providing maize seeds and fertilizer to ensure the sustainability of their feeding programmes. Since 2013, There is Hope has supported 7 ECD initiatives.