Concerned students at Chancellor College, a constituent College of University of Malawi have started an initiative aimed at raising funds to help the needy students, whose family cannot manage to raise tuition fee as well as upkeep allowances for them despite the fact that these helpless students have made it into the corridors of Chilunga.
“Target 275” is an initiative which seeks to raise money amounting to MK 275,000.00 for each needy student coming from a background that cannot manage to cough that money , and has not been granted a chance to loans for either tuition or upkeep allowances .
So far, there are over 30 students at Chancellor College who are hopeless and have no idea how they will manage to live their dreams of becoming graduates having worked hard for years to earn a place at ‘Chanco’.
According to Ellen Grace Kafuwa who is the Vice President for Students Union of Chancellor College (SUCC), over30 students have earned a place at Chanco but they are not able to sustain it due to financial constraints.
In an interview with Nyasa Times, she said that, “these students are coming from families that cannot afford to pay MK 275,000.00 tuition fee for them. They can seldom manage to be provided with upkeep allowances and other basics. They have joined us here but they are struggling to meet ends while they stay hopeless without options”.
She further added that, ”having seen how these sharp students are suffering and loosing home, myself and a group of six Chanco students decided to sit down and see how we can help them despite that we are also students, while in the processing, we figured out that we can come up with an initiative which if given support by Malawians of good will, it will help to pay for the tuition fee of these students hence the start of TARGET 275 ”.
So far, the initiative is being piloted by Ellen Kafuwa, Mandla Kantuyesa Gama, Pamela Mandiwa, Thelma Kaliu, Nyokase Madise and Roseby Makawa.
These seven students are appealing to the Malawians of good will, Non-Governmental Organization, politicians, business community the faith community and those willing to assist to provide these students with accommodation, food and tuition fee as well as upkeep allowances.
Some students have already starting dropping out of the campus as there is nothing they can do about it.