Malawi continues to be included among the 20 lowest ranked developing countries due to economic stagnation and lack of access to education (UN Human Development Index). The path to sustainable education is an uphill climb, but it's one buildOn has dedicated to since 1993. 183 schools have been built to date. Their successes are outstanding and I credit this to their philosophy. BuildOn requires gender equal enrollment. A covenant to see the completion of the school is signed and solidified by the community and buildOn. Their philosophy encourages a deep investigation of the heart and spirit of everyone involved - from those on the trek, to the community they serve.
Rural Malawi can endure any hardship. If this experience in Malawi has taught me anything, is that education is a major component in deciding the quality of life. These walls won't make the school alone. From the ground up it is the prayer and creation, investments of money and time, community and governmental engagement, student and parental pride, mindful and active engagement, faith and resilience, that will bring Malawi out of the lower 20 poorest nations.