Yesterday, December the 7th, we had the Official Opening and Dedication of the Primary School in Kachere, an event highly anticipated by all of us here at Hope for the Future. I have written about the School in Kachere many times and you know how much we prayed for it. Now, it is opened and we are ready to start!
We had many guests at this event, from local chiefs all the way to representatives of the Government of Malawi. We were blessed to have Pastor David Rivers of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, and his wife, who came to represent the church. They are the ones who raised the funds, through 4 teenagers: Mackee, Mabry, Landon and Blake.
Other present guests: local village chiefs from close to 30 villages around Kachere, the village chief of Kachere, a group village head, T/A (Traditional Authority) Kuntumanji, Counselor of Zomba, the PEA (Primary Education Assistant), the DEM (District Education Manager), the DC (District Commissioner) of Zomba, people from the village of Kachere and surrounding villages and friends of ours from Zomba.
It was a great day where we gave thanks to our Lord for everything he provided. We had speeches, dances, songs and good food. Parents were advised to send their children to school, while pupils were told to attend classes and take their studies seriously. We were happy to hear that both the local authorities and the Ministry of Education will be on our side, helping us with everything they can.
The event was covered by the local TV station, a local radio and a local newspaper, and we expect the entire nation to hear about Hope for the Future Elementary. More than that, we hope others will think about education and ways we can all help these children to unlock their future.
I am uploading some photos from the event here, but you can find the entire album and some videos using the links below: