The latest Raising Malawi program, is supporting music and arts (drama, art, poetry, dance) instruction at Jacaranda School for Orphans.
Jacaranda students have long been a part of Raising Malawi, from painting murals in the Mercy James Centre (Tree of Life and Rebel Heart Playroom) to dancing with David Banda at the opening ceremony of Mercy James Centre. Our team is delighted to be expanding the arts programming at for the next generation of young people. A component of the arts support is sponsoring Jacaranda to perform at Lake of Stars (the largest music festival in Malawi) for 7000+ people. Check out the photos below from their performance!
About Jacaranda School
The Jacaranda School for Orphans, located outside of Limbe, Malawi, was founded by Marie Da Silva. The school and its supporting foundation are named after the jacaranda tree, a tree that blossomed outside the hospital window of Marie’s father who died in 1997. To Marie, the jacaranda tree symbolizes life, growth and hope, important symbols for her students, orphans and underprivileged children, for whom she aims to provide a future.
In 2002, while working as a nanny in the U.S., Marie learned that the school in her hometown was going to close. Knowing personally the affects of HIV/AIDS on families and children, she urged her mother to let the students gather and learn in their family home using Marie’s financial support from abroad. She wanted to provide the most vulnerable children, children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS, with a quality education and all the supportive services they need to thrive.
Marie now lives in Malawi and runs the school, which serves 400+ kids with her husband and Executive Director Luc Deschamps.