By Aaron Banda
Well wishers have responded positively with bursary support to needy students at Mchinji Secondary School following publication of Mayamiko Paul’s story, a form 1 student at the school. The Student could not report for second term because her widowed mother was failing to raise K45 000 for his fees.
Malawi News Agency (Mana) reported that the boy only managed to do first term after his mother raised school fees through sub-leasing her piece of land for three years, a move which complicated the family’s misery as they could not grow their own food.
Deputy Head Teacher for the school, Lexly Chikafa said that after the story came to light, Mrs Febe Malanda, a Malawian woman based in Iraq deposited K 795, 000 to Mchinji Secondary School bank account to support the boy and other 14 needy students who were just staying home due to lack of fees.
He disclosed this on Thursday that when South Africa based Malawian preacher and founder of Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG), Prophet Shepherd Bushiri offered bursaries to Mayamiko and the other students.
Director of Communication for Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Ministries, Ephraim Nyondo said the prophet would support the 15 students until they complete form 4.
“Prophet Shepherd Bushiri was deeply touched after reading about Mayamiko’s story some days ago. The story prompted him to come forward and help,” he said.
Nyondo said the bursary package would include school fees and pocket money every term, a new uniform set and school bag each academic year and learning materials.
The Deputy Head Teacher said the 15 students were on the verge of dropping out of school because their respective guardians could not afford school fees for them.
“As School management and guardians for the concerned students, we are happy and very thankful to Prophet Bushiri and all the well-wishers for the timely support,” he said.
Chikafa added that other well-wishers who have also came in with support include Mchinji Secondary School Alumni, a Mrs Chigwa of Old Mutual, Friends of TA Mabvere, Mr Potazio from Mozambique, Mr Pondamale, Mr Chigona and Mchinji secondary school staff.
He said the school has over 50 needy students.