CFED idea was hatched in May 2015 by Albert Sharra. This was after he met a 15 year old girl who instead of being in class was busy selling flitters in Chilomoni Townshipin Blantyre, Malawi’s main commercial city, located in the southern part of Malawi. The girl was out of school because her divorced mother could not afford$10 (about MK7500) school fees at Mulunguzi Community Day Secondary School(CDSS).
Sharra thought he could do something to send back to school the girl and also ensureno one drops out of school due to lack of school fees, particularly in CDSS which are the most cheapest secondary schoolsin Malawi.
He sharedthe story on Facebook pages and the reaction gave him hope that he can dosomething. He, later on, approached Mr Gremson Swart, Albert Bisalomu and LeshinaTapani (youths in Chilomoni Township). The three nodded to the idea and within weeks, they started meeting at St James Catholic Parish in the Township. The list grew with additions of Saidi Phiri, Litness Chaima and Alice Bender.
One of the meetings agreed to establish a community foundation under the name Chilomoni Foundation for Education and Development (CFED). The foundation was designed to help keep students in school. A draft constitution was produced the same year. However, the team did not succeed to have the foundation registered by government to operate legally.
All, exceptfor Mr Swart, resigned from the foundation few months later. Mr Swart excused himself some years later to concentrate on some personal work. He now serves inthe board of trustees committee.
Mr Sharra went on recruit more new members and created a new executive committee. The constitution was rewritten and thefoundation registered, then as Centre for Education and Development. It is nowa national organisation operating in 28 districts of Malawi. It operates underthe Certificate number R.G.20754/\M/5.2005
We thank everyone who has given CFED a hand!!!