Send African War Child to College

For: Malik Maki
Organizer: Jennie Joy
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The Story

***Scroll down to read the most current update - or read this section to know Malik's story***

Malik was born in the middle of a war zone in the Nuba Mountains region of Sudan. There was a civil war raging all around him. This was his childhood normal.

"The first time I went to school, I was very young. I followed my older sisters to school. I was naked, so the teacher chased me away," says Malik with a wry smile, recounting his eagerness to learn even before he was old enough to wear clothes.

His first classroom was the shade of a tree. He crouched on his haunches, scratching the alphabet into the dirt with his fingers as the teacher dictated. When enemy planes flew overhead, he and the other children ran for shelter from the bombs. Sometimes class was canceled, and he didn't study for weeks or months while the villagers hid in caves.

Malik was always bright. He was the top of his class, and he learned English easily. As a young teenager, he was selected as a translator for international organizations that came through to offer relief to the war affected villages.

As a young teenager, he left home and traveled hundreds of miles to pursue his high school education - moving from the warzone where he was born through two other African nations - first to South Sudan and then to Uganda. He overcame so many obstacles and not only received his high school education, but he graduated in the top ten of 992 students! He was twice the captain of his school's soccer team, and his favorite classes in high school were chemistry and biology.

Malik dreams of becoming a doctor. Medical care is not available in his home village, and he remembers watching people die of preventable diseases. His goal is to get professional medical training to return with skills to serve his people. Because the nearest medical facility is a six hour journey from his home, he wants to start clinics in the Nuba Mountains to provide accessible and affordable medical care.

Before any of his dreams can become a reality, Malik needs money for college. Today, Malik is 23 years old. He is studying in a medical technician bachelor degree program in Uganda, and he needs financial support to help him along this journey.

When you give toward Malik's education, you're not just helping one young man go to college. You're investing in the wellbeing and future healthcare of an entire region of Africa.

Sometimes it takes a world to educate a child. Won't you be part of Malik's emerging story?

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 23, 2016

Posted on December 23, 2016

Greetings friends of Malik!

As we near the end of 2016, I want to send an update to each of you who has contributed toward Malik's education through support and prayers.

I spent a month with Malik this summer, when he came to South Sudan to do an internship at Harvester's Hospital in Yei. I have uploaded photos showing him at work there. He has learned and grown so much professionally over the last year. Every time I talk to him, he tells me about the new things he is learning and how it is capturing his imagination for how to help others. He is loving his studies.

Malik has just come to the end of his 3rd year out of a 4 year bachelor program in Medical Laboratory Science. He finished his final exams two weeks ago. The results aren't out yet, but he felt really good about them. Right now, he is doing a microbiology practicum at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda. He's getting great training and experience.

Malik will go back to school in February. The tuition due for Malik’s coming semester is $1,600, not including the cost of board, books, and commuting to school. Also, Malik is beginning to think about taking exams needed to enroll in medical school. He has talked about trying to get into a medical school outside of Africa, so he will be investigating those possibilities. Please pray with us as he looks at options for the way forward.

Any money you could contribute toward Malik's tuition at this juncture would be very appreciated. Non tax-deductible donations can be made securely online through this YouCaring website.

However, if you would prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, you can send a check to David's ministry, which supports Malik and a handful of other students like him in Uganda. Just write "Love in Action Africa" in the memo of your check, and send the check to:

New Day Community Church
3600 Nichols Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49004

Feel free to contact me, Malik, or David (his host father in Kampala) with questions about his future goals and ways you can help him reach those goals.

Thank you again for believing in Malik's dream and his great potential.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you,

Jennie


Posted on December 24, 2015

Posted on December 24, 2015

Greetings friends of Malik!

As we approach the end of the year, I wanted to thank each of you who has contributed toward Malik's education through support and prayers. I would also like to update you on Malik's educational progress.

Malik has now officially completed two years of medical technician training - with two years remaining before he graduates with a bachelors degree in Medical Laboratory Science from IHSU in Kampala, Uganda.

This year, over the break between the third and fourth semesters, Malik traveled to South Sudan to volunteer at a hospital there. He was amazed to see how useful his new skills proved in that environment, and he returned to school energized and excited to double down on his schoolwork. In December, at the end of his fourth semester, Malik was consistently performing at the top of his class. I am so proud of him for his efforts and successes.

Malik will go back to school in February, and in addition to classes, he will be doing practicals at a local government hospital in Kampala to further hone his skills. 

The tuition due for Malik’s coming semester is $1,600, not including the cost of board, books, and commuting to school.

Any money you could contribute toward Malik's tuition at this juncture would be very appreciated. Non tax-deductible donations can be made securely online through this YouCaring website.

However, if you would prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, you can send a check to David's ministry, which supports Malik and a handful of other students like him in Uganda. Just write "Love in Action Africa" in the memo of your check, and send the check to:

New Day Community Church
3600 Nichols Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49004

Feel free to contact me, Malik, or David (his host father in Kampala) with questions about his future goals and ways you can help him reach those goals.

Thank you again for believing in Malik's dream and his great potential.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you,

Jennie


Posted on March 17, 2015

Posted on March 17, 2015

Hello friends!

I know it's been a while since you've heard an update from Malik. I apologize for not letting you know sooner, but Malik was not granted a visa to the United States. The embassy felt he did not have enough "material ties" (read that "money in the bank") in Africa to ensure that he would return to Sudan after his studies, so they did not grant him a student visa.

After all our effort to help Malik come study here in the States, we were quite disappointed at that result. However, thanks to your support, Malik was able to enroll instead in a medical technician college in Kampala, Uganda. He is currently in his second semester of studies. He's already gotten into lab work - even dissecting cadavers during his anatomy and physiology class. He still wants to go on to become a doctor, but he sees this course as a good intermediate step in the mean time.

Malik lives in Kampala with a man named David, who wrote me last week with this update,

"We have another $800 in school fees to pay this term for Malik's studies.

He has been managing without a phone, but a decent one is essential, as he needs to have medical dictionaries and some other study tools available off-line in class. Here in Kampala the best price for such a phone seems to be $620. There are many cheaper phones here in Kampala, but they seem to have a high level failure. [Phones are generally more expensive in Uganda than in the USA, since Americans often buy their phones with a contract to their cell provider whereas in Uganda, people buy the phone and then pay for phone credit as they go.]

Malik also applied for his Ugandan Student Visa to be renewed 10-days ago. He should be able to get a one-year visa for $100.

Please pass this on to friends that may be interested in partnering with us to support Malik."

So, friends, I share this update with you. If you'd like to give directly and solely toward Malik's ongoing education, you can do so through this site.

However, if you would prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, you can send a check to David's ministry, which supports Malik and a handfull of other students like him in Uganda. Just write "Love in Action Africa" in the memo of your check, and send the check to:

New Day Community Church
3600 Nichols Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49004

Thank you so much for your financial help, but also for your prayers and encouragement for Malik as he continues to work toward his dream of serving his people in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.

With gratitude and a smile,

Jennie

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