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.
Second Container Is Delivered
A second container of donations was shipped in September 2012 and arrived in December. In addition to donations from individuals and organizations who helped with the first shipment, we had the support of local Rotarians and more local Capital Region organizations, churches and schools, as well as from universities around the country.
After School Program Establishes Guidelines and Recruits Secondary School Volunteers
It was important to encourage and improve the attendance and retention of students in the after school program. The Foundation worked with local leaders and the school committee members at Malenga Mzoma Primary School and came up with a registration procedure. By asking parents and guardians to be involved in the education of their children, even in this small way of registration, the parents learn to value educating their sons and daughters. The school officials agreed to keep attendance records which also added to the seriousness of the program. Coach Banda recruited local secondary school students to volunteer in the after school program.
Scholastic Soccer League for Girls and Boys Expands
The Primary School League expanded to include all 10 primary schools in the Bandawe zone. Each school fields and supports 2 boys teams and 1 girls team in the league. A committee of representatives from each school was formed to oversee the league, enforce rules, manage equipment and schedule matches. Over 650 boys and girls participate.
Volunteer coaches from Holland and the US brought extra equipment and ran clinics for the coaches and for the school children of the Bandawe school zone.
Soccer Equipment Donated Throughout Nkhata Bay District
To lay the groundwork for expansion of the league, Coach Banda worked with two prominent local leaders, former Member of Parliament of Nkhata Bay East, the Honorable Reverend David Mphande, and PhD. and Member of Parliament of Nkhata Bay South, Emily Chinthu Phiri. They distributed start-up equipment to over 50 schools in the Nkhata Bay District. Each school received two soccer balls and pledged to start teams for girls and for boys who will be included in the Banda Bola Sports Foundation Scholastic Soccer League for Girls and Boys.
First Container of Supplies Delivered
Coach Kalekeni Banda, a village native returned to Malenga Mzoma Primary School in Chituka Village in Traditional Authority Malenga Mzoma in November 2011. The first shipment of school supplies and sports equipment arrived in January 2012. This shipment contained donations of equipment by many universities, youth soccer programs, churches, school districts and community individuals, a container of school supplies and sports equipment and thanks to the generous support of the Jack Brewer Foundation, it was shipped and distributed to the children in the area. These supplies launched phase one of the Chituka Village Project.
First After School Program Established
Coach Banda worked with community elders and school officials to deliver school supplies and sports equipment to ensure that each child had a minimum of a pencil or pen, and a notebook. An after school education mentoring program was established at the Malenga Mzoma Primary School for students to be mentored in reading and writing in the English language.
First Co-Ed Primary School Soccer League Formed
Coach Banda worked with head teachers and sports masters to organize the first co-ed primary school soccer league. The Banda Bola Sports Foundation Scholastic Soccer League for Girls and Boys in Nkhata Bay District is the first of its kind in Malawi. It promotes attendance retention and graduate rates for primary schools. Its motto is “Sports for Education”. The league, which includes two teams from each of seven primary schools in the Bandawe zone of Nkhata Bay South district, has over 350 boys and girls participating.