This is what Coafrica is really about: empowering a community to help themselves. Chilima is a perfect example of the incredible community engagement and excitement for the education opportunities that our classrooms provide.
The Bondo Primary School community’s excitement about their school project is infectious. These men, women, and children are at the project site early in the morning, help any way they can, and stay late into the night.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is known for representing over 200 ethnic groups and 250 languages and dialects. Although this country is one of the most resource-rich countries on the planet (with rich access to gold, tungsten and tin), most of the Congolese lack the ability to acquire electricity and a minuscule percentage of the country’s roads are paved.
If there’s one thing this world seems to be lacking, it’s hope. Victor B. Ukorebi, an African regional director for Coafrica, makes it his mission to bring hope to those that need it most. Spreading hope with every step, Victor joined Coafrica the moment he was invited.
The Bondo Full Primary School has been running since 1971, but conditions have deteriorated over the years. The building is located in Malawi, on the outskirts of Lilongwe. The school is used for almost 800 students, and yet it is missing doors and windows.
“We were all praying [to] God to have such a project. My name is Lassina Sanogo and we understand the community participation and are ready even if it’s tomorrow. A child was injured because of our bad mud bricks classes. Please help us to build for our futures.”
Recently, Stan Wilson, co-founder of Coafrica, took a trip to Africa to visit our current and potential project sites. While in Malawi, Stan visited Kataya, a primary school that Coafrica is building. His visit gave him--and the rest of us at Coafrica--a valuable look into the lives of the students and families that we work with.
Coafrica had its beginnings in 2016 with a family contributing to a school for orphans in Zambia. Since then, it's been a process of unleashing the power of education for thousands of children throughout Africa.