Learners at School for The Deaf in Malawi among Beneficiaries of Catholic Entity’s Grant

Sr. Paulina Mpingo, matron of Mua school for the deaf in Malawi's Dedza Diocese. Credit: ECM

Learners at a school for the deaf in Malawi’s Catholic Diocese of Dedza are among the beneficiaries of the donation offered by the Catholic charity in the United Kingdom, Missio UK.

A Tuesday, March 15 report indicates that learners at Mua school for the deaf in Dedza Diocese received funding from the UK-based Catholic entity, which has not only improved their learning but has equally boosted their living conditions.

In the report, the school matron, Sr. Paulina Mpingo, says that the donation, which was received through the Diocese’s Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) office was put in a project that had two phases that she listed as the phase of construction and the phase of purchasing food items.

“We bought various food stuff like maize, beans, rice, groundnuts, flour, sugar, salt, cooking oil, chicken, beef (a whole cow) and many others; these have helped us to provide the children with proper meals which was not the case before Missio UK helped us,” Sr. Mpingo is quoted as saying. 

The member of the Sisters of Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary convent, who are taking care of the children at the school, says that although the school has a farm, very little is harvested because of inadequate farming resources.


Appreciating the donation from Missio UK amounting to US$14,362.00, Sr. Mpingo further appeals for help from well-wishers from both within and without Malawi. 

She says that much still needs to be done as far as setting up security measures for the school is concerned.

According to the March 15 report, despite serving the whole central region of Malawi, the school seems to have been neglected by the government, which makes the children and those taking care of them feel abandoned and less important.

The leadership of Mua School for the Deaf says that despite the crucial work of providing free holistic education and taking care of boys and girls with hearing impairments in the school that has a population of over 150 pupils, the school faces a lot of challenges that the government needs to address.

During a supervision visit last week, the deputy head teacher for the school, Happy Tchoka said that the school struggles so much because the funds received from the government are normally inadequate to cater for the school’s needs.

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“Mua School for the deaf has 198 pupils learning and staying at this campus; we do not receive any money from parents as primary education is free in Malawi and so we depend on financial grants from well-wishers,” Mr. Tchoka said.

Because of that, he said, “We face a lot of challenges ranging from lack of teaching and learning materials to support the children, shortage of food stuff to feed the children and lack of boarding materials like mattresses as the school now has a lot of children compared to its capacity.” 

Mr. Tchoka said that the challenge of funds has seen workers staying months without payment and also the welfare of the children being put at risk.

According to the report, the genesis for Missio UK’s help dates back to November 2019 when PMS received visitors from England and Scotland who noticed the numerous challenges the school was facing and decided to source funds to help address some of them.

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.