The Jacaranda Foundation provides 391 orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi with education, home support and assistance with food. The Jacaranda Foundation also serves communities and families to improve the lives of children in Malawi. In addition to free primary and secondary education, students receive daily nutrition programs, AIDS awareness activities, medical care, music, arts, sports and environment enrichment programs, and university scholarships to selected high school graduates.
Founded in 2002, Marie DaSilva, whilst working as a nanny in the U.S, learnt that the school in her local village was going to close. She urged her mother to let students gather and learn in their family home using Marie’s financial support from abroad. Marie 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.
Many of the students have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS and are being raised by single parents or grandparents. With the knowledge that strong families and the community are the best support for orphans and vulnerable children, Jacaranda have initiatives to strengthen the students’ families and the surrounding community.