News — 2018

Community School funded by SMBC Aviation Capital in Mtsinje in southern Malawi officially opens

23/03/2018

-SMBC Aviation Capital commits to further three year financial support for Open Arms Malawi-

Malawi, March 26th 2018:SMBC Aviation Capital has announced that it has committed further financial support for three years Open Arms Malawi to fund its ongoing programmes including the construction of the charity's ninth nursery in the Mangochi area.This coincided with the opening of a new community school in Mtsinje in southern Malawi, also funded by the company.The school opened its doors to children this month and has now been handed over to the community to manage through a School Management Committee.

SMBC Aviation Capital, Ireland, funded the construction of the nursery school and in total has sent 19 volunteers to work with Open Arms Malawi over the past two years.In addition, a further 10 employees will travel to Malawi in June 2018 to assist with the construction of the next nursery project.

"We are very pleased to continue this journey with Open Arms Malawi for the next three years.This is a project which our entire team has embraced, both through fundraising and donations."

"To get a hands on snapshot of real life in Malawi is an unforgettable experience.The nursery school is a tremendous achievement and one which will have a lasting impact in Malawi.The benefits will reach beyond the walls of the school as families and older siblings will not have to miss work or school to look after the children who will now be at school.We are extremely grateful for SMBC Aviation Capital's support.'

The School Management Committee will work with parents, teachers and the wider community to get the most out of the school and the potential it brings to the small village.Open Arms will support the teachers and provide food for the daily meals but the village will run and own the school, giving a boost to the local community as well as the children.

For more information, please contact:

Claire Collins claire@openarmsmalawi.org

Note to Editors:

About Open Arms Malawi

Open Arms Malawi provide essential care to vulnerable children in Malawi, which is one of the world's poorest countries.They have cared for over 1,000 children since 1995 and forged strong links with SMBC Aviation Capital who have visited to take part in projects for the last two years.

The importance of food and education

In Malawi, malnutrition is a common problem, meaning that around 50% of children under five suffer from stunted growth.This is caused by lack of nutrients and frequent infections while children are young.Stunting also effects cognitive behaviour so development and learning are even harder.But with something as simple as a good meal each day, it means that children can grow up healthy.

Primary schools often have classes of over 100 children with mixed ages and abilities.If children do get to school, it is a struggle to keep up and only 26% of children complete primary school.So getting a head start at a nursery school is a major advantage.

About SMBC Aviation Capital

SMBC Aviation Capital is one of the world's leading aircraft lessors, with c. 100 airline customers in 42 countries. Established in 2001, the company was acquired in 2012 by a consortium comprising of two of Japan's biggest companies SMFG and Sumitomo Corporation. For further information go to https://www.smbc.aero/

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