• Banda Bola Children

    CHANGE to the village

    one CHILD at a time

  • Helping Children Stay in School

    HELPING children

    stay in SCHOOL

  • Creating Girls and Boys Soccer Leagues

    creating GIRLS

    and BOYS soccer leagues

  • Encouraging Reading and School Achievement

    encouraging READING

    and SCHOOL achievement

Soccer Camp Group PicDear Friends,

It has been a productive summer for Banda Bola Sports Foundation and the Chituka Village Project. I was fortunate enough to be accompanied by the Wilcox brothers, who are my former soccer campers and youth players during my coaching days at UAlbany in New York, USA.

We arrived in Malawi on July 3, 2014 to launch summer soccer camp clinics for the children of Chituka Village. These summer clinics are part of our overall education mentoring program at Malenga Mzoma Primary School and offer activities during summer holidays for kids who otherwise have completely unstructured days. Tucker and Madison Wilcox showed the children how to have fun practicing soccer skills and provided other learning experiences outside of the classroom.

The arrival of Mtalika Banda in August from UMass Amherst, USA put the finishing touches to a unique learning experience for the kids. He introduced reading workshops as part of our summer clinics. Most children have never had a parent read to them at home or had individualized reading at school. The climax of the workshops was when Mtalika played is saxophone, an instrument the children have never seen or heard played live. We hope to make learning fun and motivate kids to attend school and finish 8th grade.

I am engaging parents so they become more responsive for the education of their children. I met with Malenge Mzoma Primary School parents at the beginning of the school year to explain changes to after school mentoring program. This year we will limit participation to the first 35 children registered per grade as we experiment with better teacher/student ratios. The children will receive more attention and have more space to sit and work without the pushing, fighting and lack of structure of the regular classes. We created a waiting list and groups will be added as we find more volunteers.

Thank you for your support

Coach Banda

About Malawi

Map of Malawi

Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west.

The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi. Malawi is over 118,000 km2 (45,560 sq mi) with an estimated population of 16,777,547 (July 2013 est.). Its capital is Lilongwe, which is also Malawi's largest city; the second largest is Blantyre and the third is Mzuzu.

The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The country is also nicknamed "The Warm Heart of Africa".

Map of Malawi in Africa

Malawi Map