The Umckaloabo foundation charity run

Running for a good cause

The Project

Establishment of the secondary school near Livingstonia / Malawi.

200% of the proceeds of our campaign go to Bishop Martin Mtumbuka, who is building a new secondary school in northern Malawi. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and the north of the country is one of the least developed regions. Often there is no power supply, telephone and internet do not always work reliably and the nearest hospital is often more than 100 km away. Children and young people have to help in the fields. In addition, the girls have to work regularly in the household. They are often not protected from sexual assault and are often married early.

The primary schools are usually free, but there is often very little that can be learned in classes with up to 100 children. The older the children get, the more often they finish school early or drop out. The few secondary schools are often far away and charge high fees. This makes better education inaccessible to these children and the vicious circle of poverty and underdevelopment cannot be broken.

Bishop Martin firmly believes that only through better education people have a chance to change their lives independently and to develop better future prospects for themselves. The diocese therefore invests heavily in primary and secondary schools. But it is also active in vocational training.

Bishop Martin therefore wants to set up an additional secondary school with boarding school near Livingstonia, so that children from distant rural areas, where there is no secondary school, also have a chance of quality education. The government welcomes the project, does its utmost to support it, and later makes the teachers available.

The following buildings are required:

  • • Laboratories for biology, chemistry and physics
  • • Library and computer room
  • • Sports ground
  • • Accomodation for students
  • • Assembly hall
  • • Electricity / solar power system
  • • Additional classrooms
  • • Additional houses for teachers

The following buildings will be completed in summer 2020:

  • • 4 classrooms
  • • Toilets
  • • Administration building and staff room
  • • 3 teachers' houses
  • • Wells and water supply

With the help of the Umckaloabo Foundation, we were able to start building the first phase. The first pupils (approx. 100) and teachers should be able to start teaching from September 2020. Now, however, we want to get started and also build the other buildings so that classes for even more students can start in September 2021.

Construction work in phase 1 at St. Mauritius Secondary School started in summer 2019. First, the water supply was secured with a new well. Then the construction of the classrooms, teachers' houses and toilets began. In the meantime, the roofs are covered so that the construction work can be completed on time.

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Republic of Africa – independent since 1964
Capital: Lilongwe
Area: 118.480 km²
Population: 18,9 million (2019)
Population growth 2.6% per year (2018, World Bank
Inflation approx. 12.4% p.a.
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Malawi is a small inland country in southern Africa with an area of ​​118,000 km2 and a population of almost 19 million people. It is one of the poorest countries in the world. 80% of the population live on the narrow yields of the small fields that they cultivate. On average, the children only go to school for 4.5 years. Even in good years, about 40% of children under five are malnourished. Many people are still affected by HIV / AIDS.

Another hunger crisis is currently looming, because the reserves and seeds have been used up due to the extreme droughts and floods (cyclone Idai) in recent years. The government and other actors have been supplying the population with emergency rations for some time. It is already foreseeable that the April 2020 harvest will not be enough until the next harvest cycle and that people will go hungry.

Over 29% of the population live in absolute poverty, i. H. less than a dollar a day. The situation is exacerbated by the high prevalence of HIV / AIDS of currently 12%. The Karonga diocese, one of the eight Roman Catholic dioceses in Malawi, was inaugurated on November 20, 2010 and has approximately 470,000 inhabitants in an area of ​​12,000 square kilometers.

Making the impossible possible together!

Establishment of the St. Mauritius Secondary School in the Karonga Diocese.

Bishop Martin Mtumbuka was appointed by the Pope in 2010 to build the newly founded Karonga Diocese. With just a few priests, employees and even fewer financial resources, one of the poorest areas in the world is to be developed. As a pedagogue and theologian, the education of people is particularly important to him. But he is also very active in the areas of health, poverty reduction and development.

Since the diocese itself has no funds, he knocks internationally on the doors of many friends and supporters, whom he has integrated in the past 10 years. He regularly travels to Europe and America to keep in touch with the partners. He is active himself and gets involved wherever he can. Together with the Umckaloabo Foundation, he has already set up a secondary school and other projects.

He demands a lot of dedication, discipline, sincerity and respect from his employees and communities. But he exemplifies this himself. The diocese has thus achieved outstanding results in its schools for several years.
But there is no money for the big challenges. The state can hardly provide funds and has to share the resources among the many schools. With the Africa Run we want to promote the initiative of the committed bishop and implement this project together.

Overview and Planning

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Overall Plan

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Village Houses

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Brick Production

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Hardware Shop

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Bullock Cart

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Kaseye School

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School Kids

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Madiba, as he is respectfully called, is like no other man and statesman for peace and reconciliation. Despite 27 years of imprisonment, he shook hands with the hitherto ruling white minority and ensured the return of South Africa to the world community. In his spirit we want to work for better educational opportunities and give the youth of Malawi better future perspectives. An important leitmotiv of his time as President of South Africa is:

Education is the most powerful weapon that u can use to change the world.


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