Donations Needed for Malawi School

NORFOLK - Donations are needed to help an African school with ties to Norfolk.  Founder Joe Mtika says Norfolk Private School Malawi opened briefly, but board members decided to close the school to allow more time to recruit students and raise funds.  "We would like to raise $230,000 so that we can run the school for the first year without having to borrow money from anywhere else," Mitika said.  Norfolk Private School Malawi will offer an American style curriculum instead of the British system found across the former British colony. Mtika says he needs to do a better job of explaining the strengths of the American system to recruit more students.    Mtika says they still have the building and principal in Malawi, and teachers will be available when funding is secured.  He says the computers provided by the Norfolk Public Schools that were shipped in August have just arrived, but an arrangement with Norfolk’s Orphan Grain Train will help speed up future shipments.  Donations for Norfolk Private School Malawi may be left at BankFirst or at First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk.