April 25, 2012
-- The Malaikha project is the ambitious project of the young Austrian Barbara Lechner, who is organising the school alone. The construction for the international boarding school has already started in 2012, anyway, it will still take some years, until everything is really complete according to the plans. Anyway, some of the main buildings got ready, so that the school could open in September 2011. At the moment Malaikha has around 20 pupils in all age groups, since the youngest boy, Jackson, is just 3 years old, and the oldest student, Nancy, is already 29 years old.
The students are coming from all over Zambia and also some kids from South Africa would like to join Malaikha. Almost all the kds have something in common: They did not get any proper education before joining Malaikha, since there are no proper schools for them in Zambia. Malaikha has, for example, a whole group of kids enrolled who came from a special unit at a public school, who spend over 10 years in this school without getting any single Mathematic lesson, thought by a teacher without teacher certificate. One girl was, for example, one term in a boarding school, where she did not bath the whole term, simply, because nobody assisted her. The girl is blind and also suffering from Cerebral Palsy, so she needs some assistance with some daily tasks. Two of the older girls are coming from villages, where they were only sitting at home before joining Malaikha and some unruly boys were taking advantage of their blindness and raped them, so they have already children on their own.
Malaikha is dependent on donations and there is still a lot missing at the school. Malaikha was supported by the Canadian embassy in 2011, since they have put up the water supply for the school and by the German embassy, since they have put up solar electricity for the school in 2012. Anyway, Malaikha is urgently looking for more support. There is the possibility to sponsor single kids with 30 Euro per month, for food and medical appointments for the children. Malaikha is also looking for companies, who would sponsor salaries for teachers, class assistants, cook or helpers, because it is the most difficult part for Malaikha to secure the monthly salaries. Barbara Lechner herself did not get any salary since 2009. Malaikha is also looking for donations like furniture, blankets or teaching materials like Braille machines, Braille paper, Braille displays and laptops. Some kids are also coming to school without proper clothes. A big wish from Malaikha would be a school bus, to organise outings for the children and secure transport for them. Also donations like Millie Meal, Cooking oil, potatoes, sugar, salt, milk powder, Corn Flakes, Kapenta, flour, soya junks, dries beans, rice, pasta or buildings materials like cement, paint, blocks etc, are always needed. Malaikha has a big property, which was donated by Chief Mwanachingwala, which is very fertile, but due lack of seeds and fertilizers they could not plant their fields. Also farm animals are nice donations for the school.
Or more information visit the homepage www.malaikha.com. There is also a facebook group for Malaikha. Donations can be transferred through paypal on the homepage or directly on the Austrian donation account (Raiffeisenbank Klosterneuburg, BLZ: 32367, Kontonummer:
1198) or the Zambian donation account (Stanbic Mazabuka Branch, Account No: 0140009377701, Swift: SBICZMLX). You can reach Barbara Lechner on Barbara.lechner@