Students, families and staff at Evanston Township High School have been working to support an ongoing partnership with teacher Andrews Nchessie of the Kasungu Demonstration School (KDS) in Malawi, Africa. KDS is installing an irrigation system that will feed their nearly 2,000 students throughout each school year. In addition to funding the completion of the irrigation system, funds raised will also go toward the purchase of a small plot of land which will allow the school to add sweet potatoes to the mix of maize and beans they currently plant and harvest.

As the crops and irrigation system are completed in coming months, ETHS will begin partnering with KDS on STEM lab activities which were previously developed for schools in Sierra Leone. Mr. Nchessie, who also lectures at Phalombe Teachers’ Training College, used lessons to train Malawian teachers this past summer.

This year ETHS students have collected nearly $2,500 for KDS through various fundraisers. Senior Alec Avery organized a tennis team event that brought in $1,129, while more than a dozen other student volunteers have raised funds at various events. This multi-year partnership began in the 2016-17 school year and efforts of ETHS students and teachers continue this year.

Anyone wishing more information may contact ETHS Science Department teacher Mark Vondracek.