Third Container Is Delivered
A third container of donations arrived in July 2015. In addition to soccer equipment and school supplies, Jezreel International donated prepackaged meals which were distributed at the after school mentoring program at Malenga Mzoma Primary School in Chituka Village. We have 280 children from grades 1-7 attending the program. Bicycles donated by Troy Bike Rescue were distributed to program volunteers. The MoonCatcher Project of Schenectady donated feminine hygiene products which were distributed.
Scholastic Soccer League for Girls and Boys Expands to 30 Schools
The Scholastic Soccer League expanded beyond the Bandawe zone to include the Kachele and Tukombo school zones in Nkhata Bay South. Now 30 schools have boys and girls playing soccer and over 1,500 students are participating in the region. Ten schools qualify to play in League sanctioned games. There is one girls team and one boys team from each school. Our goal is for all Nkhata Bay South schools to meet the scholastic league criteria so they can participate in official league games.
In addition, the Foundation encouraged the creation of the first Mzuzu area women’s soccer league. We support the league by providing them with equipment and plan to include them in future coaching clinics. These young women will be able to mentor the local girls in the primary schools.
Coaches Across Continents Partners with Banda Bola Sports Foundation
Coaches Across Continents made a 3-year commitment to Banda Bola Sports Foundation (2015-2017). In July 2015 they ran their first training program for coaches, leaders, volunteers and teachers in the Bandawe zone. Their curriculum and training promotes health, welfare and education and encourages self-directed learning. Their trainings will enhance the effectiveness of our program.
We entered into a Memo of Understanding with Mzuzu University in May 2014. Our respective purposes, goals and commitments to advancing the education of children of Northern Malawi are consistent and compatible. We anticipate fielding interested students and staff volunteers, as well as community members, as coaches in our scholastic soccer league program and as mentors in our after school program. We are supporting the Mzuzu University Library/Children’s Library initiative to identify volunteers and donors to help in their rebuilding process since the devastating fire of 2015.
Board Member Visit
Brian Wilcox and his family came to assess the work being done by the Foundation. They visited schools and the local chiefs and discussed the challenges faced by teacher. Their sons ran soccer clinics during these school visits.