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Building a Malawian School

February 06, 2013

  • Lana Sanford CAS ’15 and Anna Lofstrand CAS ’13—along with 11 other Lewis & Clark stude...
    Lana Sanford CAS ’15 and Anna Lofstrand CAS ’13—along with 11 other Lewis & Clark students—constructed this BuildOn school in a village near Kasungu.
  • Maddy Kidd CAS ’14 makes bricks for the school out of clay that is readily available near the v...
    Maddy Kidd CAS ’14 makes bricks for the school out of clay that is readily available near the village.

More than 300 primary students in Malawi now have a new school, thanks to the efforts of Lewis & Clark students. Last spring, 13 undergraduates traveled to Malawi on a service trip they worked to fund all year. Through bake sales, a benefit concert, and a silent auction, the Lewis & Clark BuildOn chapter raised more than $30,000 to build a school in a small village just outside of Kasungu. Bill Fish B.A. ’76 also supported the group and hosted a kickoff fundraiser.

“I believe there are many misconceptions surrounding
 life in a rural village and what it takes to help a community,” says Lana Sanford CAS ’15, one of the participants. “I think our group has gained incredible insight that could help expand 
the Lewis & Clark community culturally.”

BuildOn is an international nonprofit committed to fundraising for school construction in developing countries. The Lewis & Clark chapter was the first of the nation’s 30 college chapters to fully fund a school abroad. Lewis & Clark students are currently working to fund a school in Haiti.

 

—Zibby Pillote CAS ’14 contributed to this story.


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