March 2016 – it’s just 7 months after 144 young Boys and Girls boarders arrived at Loyola Jesuit Secondary School (LJSS) to begin Form One (Grade Nine). The Head Teacher (Principal) Fr. Simon Makuru, S.S., had worked diligently to prepare curriculum and text books that will enable LJSS to get off to a good progress and quality education.

And Project Director, Fr. Alojs Podgrajsek, S.J., had seen that the classroom, hostels (dormitories) and kitchen/dining room facilities are all in place for the second and third terms. Will we be ready for the student’s quality education progress?  Will they have a classroom for studies? A chapel to pray?  A hostel (dormitory) to sleep? A dining room to eat?  Will the teachers be nearby?

These are very big questions for all of us associated with LJSS right now.  And we are very happy to say: YES, WE WILL BE READY!   Thanks to the generosity of donors, the hard work of contractor, architect and teams, the careful oversight of Fr. Aloyz Podgrajsek, S.J.  (Project manager) and the prayers of so many, many people, construction of what is needed right now at LJSS has been completed!

When we began with groundbreaking in September 2012, we looked at an empty 22 hectare (50 acre) field – beautiful, but empty!

Project Manager Fr. Alojz Podgrasjek, SJ, and Director of Development Fr Peter Henriot, SJ, survey the 'field of dreams' - soon to be a construction site with buildings rising from the red earth into classrooms, hostels, laboratories...
Project Manager Fr. Alojz Podgrasjek, SJ, and Director of Development Fr Peter Henriot, SJ, survey the ‘field of dreams’ – soon to be a construction site with buildings rising from the red earth into classrooms, hostels, laboratories…

Today, we can see that field of dreams, crowded with all the necessary Phase One buildings constructed and equipped.

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Crowded LJSS campus seen from nearby highway, with Phase One construction completed.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED?

Here is a quick and encouraging overview of what has actually been completed:

  • The Administration Block contains offices for the Head Teacher and other officials, with additional offices for teachers and meeting rooms for conferences.
  • Eight classrooms and two laboratories provide the learning spaces for Form One and Form Two (Grades Nine and Ten) learners.  And temporary library space is also provided.
  • Hostels (dormitories) are outfitted with comfortable bunk beds and lockers for all Boys and Girls boarders.
  • Kitchen and dining facilities are complete, with the necessary cookers, ovens, pots and pans, tables and benches.
  • A large Conference Hall provides space for many gatherings to take place during the school year.  It also serves as space for religious services until our Chapel is built in Phase Two.
  • Teachers’ housing next to campus is ready to welcome ten new faculty.
  • Electricity is connected (with an emergency generator also installed) and municipality water is available with borehole backup.
  • And of course there are sports fields for recreation and for training future Malawi football and netball national champions!

All of this good work has been possible through the generous support of so many benefactors, large and small.  Church organizations, Jesuit communities around the world, foundations, parishes and schools, businesses, individual benefactors – from all across the globe!  And the Government of Malawi has been very cooperative and supportive.  We Jesuits connected with LJSS are deeply appreciative of this assistance!

Something that has encouraged all of us involved in setting up LJSS has been the enthusiasm of visitors who come to see what is happening on this site in Kasungu. Surprised at the size of the school’s infrastructure, impressed by the quality of workmanship, challenged by the task of getting this up and running, and moved by the generosity of donors what make all this possible: these are reactions that keep us moving forward.

Just take a look at some of the impressive structures on campus.

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Administration block – offices and reception area

Classroom block on side, Admin block in front

Classroom blocks attached to Administration Block

Classrooms

Eager “future” students trying out a finished classroom they hope to sit in soon

admin-dormitoryajax   Boys’ hostel (dormitory) – similar to girls’ facilities

Bedrooms

Bunk beds ready to be set up; private lockers in background

kitchen work

 

Kitchen ready for installation of cookers, etc.

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Kitchen equipment installed and ready to use

HELP NEEDED

If you would like to help us move forward in our educational commitment to Malawian youth, please let us hear from you.  Funds for the construction of Phase Two and for provision of all the necessary furnishings and equipment are still greatly needed!

Tax-exempt donations can be made with a check to “Jesuit Missions, Inc.,” and sent to Jesuit Conference, 1016 16th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20036.  Mention our Malawi Jesuit school.  Thank you!

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  1. Daniel says:

    Great job in uplifting African kids

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