Malawi

The Jim and Nancy Wright Scholars Program 
Led and managed by Antoinette Holland, the Foundation’s agent in Malawi, the program has a focus on i) AIDS orphans and ii) girls. 

As such, the Jim and Nancy Wright Scholars Program (named in recognition of the Wright family’s long-term support of Antoinette (Toni) Holland’s work, and to honour Jim’s memory)  continues to be the cornerstone of the Foundation’s activities. 

Due to the nature of schooling in Sub-Saharan Africa, the chosen approach continues to be holistically supporting beneficiaries, covering both direct and indirect costs of education: tuition fees, textbooks, school supplies, mid-day meals, and transportation costs, if need be. This last item is particularly important when supporting girls’ education, given their vulnerability when traveling long distances in remote areas. In addition, students are guaranteed continued support throughout their secondary education, conditional upon satisfactory academic achievement. Two that have gone on to university have also been able to count on continued support from the Foundation.

Every year, the Foundation supports between 15-20 students. While most of the students attend public schools, three students are in private boarding schools, including Benson: 

“Benson was recommended to us. He attended night school for one term last year and did well but was not able to find the funding to continue. His father died, his
mother couldn't survive in town so has returned to her village. Ben has nothing. He has no one to care for him and support him. He does have a sister but she is 16 and has a child of her own. He was not selected by the government to attend a government secondary school. We could have put him through night school but I am worried he will spend all his time trying to support himself rather than studying. By sending him to boarding school, he will be taken care of and have closer supervision.”
- Antoinette Holland, Paré Foundation Agent for the Malawi Wright scholars.