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Building a Malawian School

February 06, 2013

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    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.
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    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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