Text Books Handover in Zomba

Students having a feel of the booksU.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Gonzales hands over textbooks in Zomba

On behalf of the United States of America, Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Gonzales handed over the Sadzi Community Day Secondary School Books Project on Friday, March 13, in Traditional Authority Chikowi, Zomba District.  The school purchased 554 syllabus based text books and teacher’s guides courtesy of the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund. These will be used by over 210 students every year. Handing over the books, the Deputy Chief of Mission said, “The U.S. Embassy is happy to help empower students by improving their education. I hope that these books open up an opportunity for you to study hard and improve your examination results.” In 2014, the U.S. Embassy granted $4,750 to the Sadzi CDSS to purchase syllabus based text books and teacher’s guides.

Historical Background

Active in Malawi since 1966, the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund strives to address urgent development needs at the local community level and to demonstrate U.S. interest in the welfare and self-help endeavors of local communities throughout the country.

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund selects programs that 1) improve basic economic or social conditions at the village level; 2) have high impact and can be quickly implemented and benefit a large number of people; 3) involve a significant local contribution in labor, material or cash; 4) are within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain; 5) are a direct response to the initiative and aspirations of the local community; and, 6) contribute to income-generating activities whenever possible.

Contacts:   Gabriel Hons-Olivier, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy

Marcus Muhariwa – Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy