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Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay | JUNE/JULY 2018 15 Glory Banda has been one of those children. Now 17, she is preparing to take exams to continue her education. Her goal is to become a teacher so that she can pay forward the blessings she has received. Yes, she was born in Malawi. She was also born deaf. But those who Jocelyn Logan, had a vision of the Embangweni Primary School for Children with Hearing Disability. Twenty years later, American Episcopalian the Rev. Robert Davenport and his wife, Lizzy Allen, followed suit with the vision to open another school for the deaf — the Embangweni Secondary School for the Deaf. The secondary school, composed of a classroom building and boys' hostel, opened in 2015 with 20 students. The 10 secondary school girls stayed in the primary girls' hostel until their own hostel was completed. The two schools are operated in partnership between CCAP Livingstonia and the Malawi Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, which provides trained teachers and operating funds for the schools. For example, the primary school currently receives $267 per month from the Ministry of Education to pay 12 teacher salaries, feed about 200 students and maintain school infrastructure. The funds are not enough and so the teachers use a little creativity to generate the income needed to keep operating. Embangweni Primary School received permission in 2017 to clear five acres of land and plant maize and soybeans. The maize is shelled and ground into flour at the school's maize mill, which — for a fee — also serves the needs of local families. The school also raises income by renting its oxen team and cart to local farmers and by raising chickens and pigs. In addition, students' families are asked to provide a bag of maize and money for their child's medical care as their contributions to the school. In addition to the creative ways to raise money, the schools rely on individuals and congregations to help feed the children and to assist with the costs of transporting children three times a year back to their homes across Malawi. had a vision for schools for the deaf are showing children like her that disabilities can be overcome. Nancy Collins is the Presbyterian Mission Agency's regional liaison for East Central Africa, supporting relationships with partner churches in Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and Rwanda. SEND FOR OUR FREE INFORMATION KIT & DVD 1011Military Road, P.O. Box 39, Buffalo, NY 14217; Toll Free 1-866-276-3686, e-mail: info@armento.net Visit us at www.Armento-Columbarium.com BLENDING ARTISTRY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP SINCE 1946 C O L U M B A R I U M S A Columbarium in the life of the Church preserves a tradition of remembrance. An Armento Columbarium is an affordable alternative that preserves cherished memories and delivers a message of comfort in the knowledge that those that have touched our lives will always remain in the company of family & friends. JOLIA MAHAMENA Glory Banda, now 17, is preparing to take exams to continue her education. Her goal is to become a teacher so that she can help children like herself.

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