Malawi’s CNN hero Marie, journalist Deschamps to engage: Share story on Lovepost

Marie Da Silva, founder of Blantyre based Jacaranda school for the orphans who  received CNN recognition in 2008 for making a huge difference and helping Orphans in the country, is expected to be legally engaged to her would be lifetime partner, Luc Deschamps this Saturday in Blantyre.

The Deschamps and Da Silva families announced this week that the engagement of Luc and Marie will be held at Jacaranda School for Orphans in Chigumula, Blantyre.

The couple shared their love story on a new social platform for couples called Lovepost.com

Marie, born and bred in Malawi, in southern Africa and lost 14 family members, including her father and two brothers, to HIV/AIDS, started the Jacaranda school for Orphans in her family house in Malawi in 2002. Currently, there are over 400 orphans at the school.

Luc and Marie.

Luc and Marie.

“I met Luc in 1994 in Malawi. He worked as an assistant director at the French Cultural Center in Malawi. He still talks about that red dress I wore that caught his eye at an art exhibition he organized,” wrote Marie on Lovepost.com

Conquering AIDS in Malawi became Marie’s pursuit through a situation that arose in her village.

In 2008, CNN nominated Marie for the Heroes award. Out of over 6,000 nominees, she made it to the top 10.

In 2010 she received MBC TV (formerly TVM) ‘Our People Our Pride’ Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the President late Bingu wa Mutharika.

Following her CNN Heroes recognition, Marie became the spokesperson for the orphans of Malawi while raising awareness and funds.

In 2009, Marie left her full-time job of 10 years as nanny for a family to devote all her time and efforts towards the Jacaranda Foundation. She now conducts workshops and speaks in schools across the U.S., China and Malawi.

As a result of Marie’s speaking engagements, volunteers always come to Jacaranda Foundation from around the globe. The volunteers provide after school classes such as art, music, drama, sports and even French.

While Deschamps was born and raised in France and is the current director of the school.

He also worked as assistant director of the French Cultural Center in Malawi (now Blantyre Culture Centre) and fell in love with African music and Arts.

He then moved to New York, US where he spent nine years teaching French and working as a journalist, launching notably an African Music TV show called Sounds of Africa TV.

He obtained his Master in journalism from the University of CELSA Paris IV Sorbonne. In July 2007, Luc returned to Malawi to help develop the Jacaranda School for Orphans.

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