R I President Johnathan Majiyagbe
in Malawi last summer, Hank and Jenny Kirk were invited to attend the
Lilongwe Rotary Club’s dinner in honor of Rotary International President
Mr. Majiyagbe was touring Malawi as one
of his official visits during his presidency. The dinner was held at
the New State House on Sunday, August 3, 2003.
Majiyagbe, an attorney from Nigeria,
stated, “My main emphasis as the first African president will be poverty
alleviation, health and sanitation, and education with emphasis on the
fight against food insecurity, HIV/Aids, and illiteracy levels.” He
congratulated Rotarians Drs. Austin Mkandawire and Henry
P. Kirk on their important work
in establishing the University of
Centralia Rotary Helps “feed” an
University of Livingstonia
is just 4 months old, and as Malawians say, “this education baby is
hungry – all the time!” Centralia Rotary Club is indeed helping “feed”
the baby during its critical first months of operation. The Club’s
Board of Directors recently approved a $1,000 be made to the University
of Livingstonia Foundation.
The Club’s contribution will help ensure a successful beginning for the
university. Fellow Rotarians from this area Tom
Kelly, Hank Kirk and Vicki
Nupen along with Jenny
Kirk serve on the Board of
Directors of the foundation – keeping a watchful eye on the funds
received and disbursed to benefit the university.
In a conversation with university
officials, the Kirks were told that, despite heavy rains, intermittent
electricity and a myriad of details that still need attention, the
University of Livingstonia
and its 5 constituent colleges are surviving. The contributions of
many, including Centralia Rotary Club, are making all of this possible.
The Kirks recently spoke with Dr.
Augustine Msiska who shared with them the great news that students of
the newly-established College
of Education just completed their first semester of classes. Final
exams have been taken – the tests are being graded and evaluated at this
very moment! Can you imagine the excitement felt by 42 students, the
faculty and staff as this first milestone is passed? Dr. Msiska also
reported that he expects all of the students will be asked to continue
for the second semester which begins January 15, 2004. Jenny
and Hank will return to Malawi
for the months of February, March and April 2004 – they will work with
university, Synod and college administrators on sustainability planning.
To all members of Centralia Rotary Club,
Malawians send greetings and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous
New Year. Many thanks for your continuing support of this international
Get ready – the baby soon will need