IAFR Dzaleka

Field notes, stories, perspectives and updates related to our ministry in Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi

Visiting Ebenezer Academy

October 27, 2021

Today our IAFR team was able to visit the site of Ebenezer Academy on edge of the Dzaleka Refugee Camp. This a project being led by Windows of Hope, with some assistance from IAFR.  Windows of Hope is the vision of one of the pastors with whom IAFR partners.  IAFR seeks to get behind the ideas and dreams of those who have been displaced…and this is one of those projects.  The team leading the project is pictured in the photo…a team that includes both refugees and Malawians.

Many challenges have been experienced by the team during the pandemic, particularly with access to and the rising costs of materials needed to complete the project.  The team is working hard to have the first building completed by the end of January, so the first classes can begin.  

Our hearts were full as we revisited the vision for Ebenezer Academy, which includes a focus on providing education opportunities for girls.  Young girls are often the most neglected and frequently denied the opportunity to go to school.  The school is also focused on bringing both refugees and Malawians together, so they might attend school together.  And finally, the school is looking to make education available for those children who have been orphaned.  

We are so excited to be a part of this project and to help address some of the educational challenges being experienced by both children in the refugee camp and in the surrounding villages.

Tim Barnes

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About IAFR in Dzaleka

IAFR has been serving people in Dzaleka Refugee Camp since 2009. About 50,000 people (mostly women and children) have found temporary refuge here from war, persecution, and gross violations of human rights.

We visit Dzaleka 2-3 times annually, during which time this blog is most active.

Visit the Dzaleka page on the IAFR.org website to learn more!

Our Partners

We partner with There Is Hope - a local Christian agency founded by a former refugee serving people in the camp and surrounding host community. We also partner directly with refugee churches in the camp.

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