Our partnership has provided educational opportunities for girls not previously available. In 2016, the first year that pupils took the Malawi School Certificate examination, there was 94% pass rate (national average 58%) and 11 girls have university places. Running costs are covered by school fees, kept as low as possible.
The Chesney Trust has been established to provide educational opportunities for girls in northern Malawi by building a secondary boarding school at Engcongolweni, and by the funding of bursaries for poorer students. At present the school has a roll of 157 in Forms 1 to 4, which we plan to increase to 320. Community projects undertaken include the building of a bridge so local people are not cut off in the rainy season, a maize mill and the provision of water.