Student Sponsorship Programme

"I fully appreciate the support that you have been giving me.   Through your help I have managed to get secondary education which has so far opened the gates to University education." - Goodluck Banda (sponsored student)

Who does it help?

Our sponsored students are orphans or vulnerable children, and all come from very poor circumstances where there is no possibility of payment of school fees.  

 What does it involve?

Sponsorship provides for school fees, board, food, most books and a small amount of pocket money.   Assistance is provided for those who cannot afford uniforms. 

The cost of sponsorship is as little as £15 per month, or £180 for a full year.  Sponsors receive details of their students background and a yearly school progress report and students write one letter to their sponsors every term. 

Students must pass their Primary School Leaving Exam with high enough grades to be selected for Secondary Education by the Malawi Education Board and also meet the Starfish Sponsorship Programme selection criteria.  The Starfish Bursary Fund provides a living allowance and travel assistance for those of our students who are studying at University.  

Why are we doing this?

Primary School education in Malawi is funded by the government.  However Secondary School education is fee-paying only.  So, for those families with barely enough money for food to survive, paying school fees is clearly out of the question.

We believe that education is a key to change.  Sponsorship gives a child the means to escape from poverty and to change his or her life for good. Not only does it make a difference to a young person’s life, but sponsors tell us that it has made a difference to their lives too.

“We have experienced a sense of great satisfaction and fulfilment in knowing that we are instrumental in not only helping to form young minds but giving them hope
and love for their future.”
— - John & Michelle Cattell (sponsors)
 
 

The Road To Secondary School - (14:24) A short film about the importance of secondary education created by the children of Old Bexley Primary School (UK) linked to Napache Primary School (Malawi).

 
 

Case Study

Davison Banda is the youngest of four children, raised by his mother, whose husband abandoned her and the family when he was only 4 years old.

After Davison finished primary school, he was selected to go to Mkwero Community Day Secondary School. However, his mother could not afford his school fees, so Davison opted to return to primary school rather than stay at home. He re-sat his primary school exams and did even better than he did first time around. This resulted in Davison  being re-selected to go to Mzuzu Government School.

In her efforts to pay his school fees, Davison's mother tried to earn cash from selling firewood, however the money was coming in too slowly to keep up with paying the fees. This is when Davison applied to Starfish Malawi for sponsorship and his application was quickly approved!

 
   Above: Davison Banda (sponsored student)

   Above: Davison Banda (sponsored student)

If you feel able to help us support and provide for a young person,
then please complete one of the forms below or feel free to contact us.

Requests for Student Sponsorship

Starfish Malawi is a small charity and our Student Sponsorship programme provides Secondary School education for a small number of orphans and vulnerable children, most of whom are from our linked primary schools.   

Sadly we are unable to assist those who are seeking sponsorship for University and College fees and are not able to recommend another organisation that would be able to help.

 

Maggie Mitchell

Sponsorship Programme Director

Email: southlodgefarm@gmail.com

Tel: +44 (0)1622 812297

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Pamela Thwaites

UK Sponsorship Coordinator   

Email: pamelathwaites@yahoo.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1622 833277