of Ohio, spent 2 weeks providing financial management
and accounts practices seminars for Unilia
administrators and staff and Synod personnel.
These “no frills” short courses were quite popular
and very informative. Participants gave Donna
very high marks.
and a team from Jefferson City, Missouri spent
days at Livingstonia to learn about Unilia and to
receive a presentation about the Livingstonia Community
Water Project being supported by 5 Rotary Clubs from
their area. This contact comes through Rotarian
John Howland who has helped engage the Rotarians in the
water project and who is supportive of the Kirks work in
former classmate of Rev. Binnie Mwakasungula at Union
Theological College in Belfast, Ireland, spent
several weeks getting to know Synod projects and working
as a volunteer at Livingstonia. An energetic,
young minister in the making, Pavel took home many fond
memories and a desire to continue to help the Synod.
Ministers from Washington State
toured Synod facilities and visited both campuses of the
University of Livingstonia. Rev. Lynn Longfield,
general presbyter of the Olympia Presbytery, led the
group including Rev. Barb Schacht from
Westminster Presbyterian, Rev. Bill Schacht
serving in Tacoma, and Rev. Melody Young from the
Seattle area. They came to distribute 12 sewing
machines and sewing supplies to help women
begin small businesses and to learn more about the lives
of women in Malawi. Additionally, they came to
hear about Unilia – Hooray! (see story
received more blessings? Givers
of gifts or recipients?
women to women gatherings are extraordinary!
the Kirks met now retired Rev. Drew and Mrs. Roberta
Moore in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. The
in 2006 and met briefly with the Kirks at Livingstonia
for an update.
they return to help Unilia?
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Matiya and Mrs. Mariya Nkhoma spent the month of April
2006 in U.S.A. promoting Unilia.
Nkhomas traveled with the Kirks throughout
state and California speaking on behalf of the
university and all 5 colleges.
and Nkhomas joined Rev. Vernon Elgin
Little Church on the Prairie for a Malawi show!
helped individuals and groups understand the importance
of the development of the first Christian university in
Malawi. In addition, Rev. Nkhoma spent time
working with Rev. Lynn Longfield, general presbyter for
Olympia Presbytery, planning a partnership between
Olympia Presbytery and the Synod of Livingstonia.
This partnership will focus on ways in which churches in
can interact with and support the constituent colleges
of Unilia. The Nkhomas continued to help
strengthen the relationship between Americans and
at 78, Rev. Elgin taught a semester of Bible knowledge
at the College of Education. He continues to be an
advocate of the university and invited the Kirks and
Nkhomas to join him for a Malawi presentation to his
Glen Nutter completed a nine month tour in Malawi in May
2006. Dr. Nutter handed over reports and
had undertaken during the Kirks’ absence shortly
after the Nkhomas and Kirks returned to
Nutter is no stranger to education and brings vast
experience as former superintendent of schools in
His expertise is varied and most appreciated.
staff Chiza Mkandawire, Joseph Lungu & Mary Mtawali
helped bid farewell to Dr. Nutter.
excited that he will return to Malawi in 2007.
volunteer administrator, Dr. Nutter worked tirelessly to
direct building projects, to move forward various
Unilia initiatives and to help grow the College of
Education. Known for his thoughtful approach to
matters, Dr. Nutter was sought out to assist with
several issues at hand. Gratefully, Unilia
administration has learned that Dr. Nutter will return
in January 2007 to again bridge the time the Kirks are
in the United States on interpretive leave.
Henry and Mrs. Jenny Kirk concluded a 5+ month tour in
Malawi on 12 October 2006, their longest visit thus far.
report many accomplishments and challenges during this
fourth year of Unilia’s history.
the Kirks are pleased that the umbrella organization is
taking hold and that each of the 5 colleges is moving
ahead with development and upgrading of curriculum.
They are proud to represent the university not only in
Malawi, but in the U.K. and the U.S. as well.
is acquiring quite a following abroad. The Kirks
will return to Malawi in May 2007 following
interpretation leave in the
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Augustine Msiska arrived in Washington State, U.S.A. on
17 March 2006 to serve as the 2006 Visiting Professor at
Accompanying him was his wife, Ninas. Together
they became part of the Centralia/Chehalis communities
contributing much to cross-cultural understanding by
various men’s and women’s groups, service clubs (like
the American Association of University Women, Rotary
Clubs and Lions Clubs) and church organizations.
Walton, president of Centralia College, with Dr.
Augustine spent part of the 3 month appointment
lecturing in African History.
As librarian and administrator for Unilia, his
interaction in the
went far beyond the classroom. Dr. Msiska spent
many hours learning about U.S. library systems and
practices and attending administrative meetings at
time there, Dr. Msiska states, “It was a marvelous
experience Ninas and I will never forget.” The
Centralia/Chehalis communities benefited tremendously
from the Msiskas’ presence. they have contributed
to long-lasting good will.
Msiska speaking at AAUW meeting – both she and
Augustine contributed much to cross-cultural
sharing the Malawian story.
Newly-appointed PCUSA Regional Liaison for Southeast
Africa, Rev. Ted and Mrs. Sue Wright visited the Synod
along with Doug Welch, PCUSA Africa Area Coordinator.
purpose of their trip was to introduce the Wrights
who base in Lusaka to CCAP personnel. The
Kirks were given a brief opportunity to speak with them.
Follow-up conversations and visits will be in order.
and Bob Baxter from Scotland
have returned to
Bob is working on various construction projects
while Jan is volunteering at the
teaching short courses in communications and tutoring
students who need help with English. Jan comes
with extensive background in teaching. She comes
prepared with many handouts so that her students “will
have something for their portfolio” when they are done.
Thank you, Jan.
Maurice Patterson and a team from Carryduff, Ireland
Livingstonia to work on a guardian shelter for David
Gordon Memorial Hospital. The team was updated
on Unilia and provided funds to help maintain staff
housing and to build “Carryduff Cupboards” for
students to use to store their belongings.
prototype of the cupboard proved too small for general
use, but another test version will be constructed.
Students are anxious to have storage compartments in
their dorms. This is a priority for 2007.
Richerzhagen and 2 nursing students
from Wenatchee, Washington, toured Synod facilities and
programs for 2 weeks. They spent extra time at
Ekwendeni with the
of Nursing. Joey O’Reilly and Erica Reinfeld
departed with many ideas of how they might assist.
to help tutor at the
and to teach Nursing Psychology. Judith has
worked to secure textbooks which are very helpful.
friend, Jim Nussbaumer, one of the organizers of the
Malawi Network in the U.S. and a Marion Medical Mission
by Livingstonia to check in on the university, to
view the progress of the Livingstonia campus, and to see
the Livingstonia Community Water Project for himself.
His e-mail passed along to the Malawi Network the recent
plea for assistance for the College of Education which
additional unrestricted funds. Thank you, Jim for
your timely message.
seven days, the Kirks hosted son, Christopher Straus,
and grandson, Nathan (10 years old).
was interested in showing Nathan that not everyone lives
as comfortably or in the same manner as they do.
The two were immersed in Malawian culture visiting
offices, churches, primary and secondary schools and
interacting with as many Malawians – particularly those
willing to play soccer – as possible. They brought
with them friendship and many small gifts for
distribution. “Mission accomplished!” reports
Chris. “Nathan and I have had a life-changing
experience. We have been blessed through this
Chris visited villages bringing the gift of friendship
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– Grants and
University of Livingstonia College of Education,
was able to welcome 55 freshmen as a result of
a MK 3,000,000 (about $22,000) grant from
located in Blantyre.
Trustee Dino Raval presented a check to Jake
Muwamba, chair of the Unilia fund-raising committee,
who thanked the trust for its continuing support of the
new college. Muwamba remarked that Dossani
Trust is a fine example of commitment to higher
education. The funds were used
to help purchase everything necessary to accommodate
the fourth intake of students (beds, utensils, etc.)
and to help offset expenses related to the
teaching practice exercise for senior students.
Synod of Livingstonia General Assembly passed 2
proposals which will greatly assist Unilia development.
The General Assembly of the Synod met 22-27 September at
Bandawe and voted to: 1) establish the second
Sunday in November each year as “University
Sunday” to benefit the university and 5 constituent
colleges; and 2) seek funding to build a new
secondary school at Livingstonia and to begin to turn
over the Laws campus to Unilia. These 2 items
will answer some of the needs of the expanding
The university community celebrated the completion of the
University Library and
Center dedicated at the Livingstonia Campus on 10
Special guests at the ceremony included George
Partridge, C.E.O. of National Bank of Malawi, which
funded the library expansion and furnishings. Mrs.
Abby Pratt, accompanied by her husband, Larry
Pratt, represented the Dickler Family Foundation of
New York City which gave funds to renovate the original library and converted
it into office space and the computer center.
Students, faculty and invited guests gathered for the
dedication. Professor J. David Rubadiri, chair of the
Unilia Board of Trustees, helped thank donors for their
contribution to the institution.
George Partridge and Abby Pratt ably represented
National Bank of Malawi and the Dickler Family
Foundation respectively. The Library Project was a
wonderful example of cooperative effort of two donors to
provide a much needed library facility for the
Thank You both.
building construction and renovation was supervised by
Livingstonia Technical College instructor, Albert
and utilized local talent. The new extension
essentially doubled the size of the facilities. This is
a marvelous facility for students, faculty and staff.
Additionally, Dr. Augustine Msiska
received on behalf of Unilia, $3,000 worth of
text and reference books from the Reserve Bank of
Malawi. The books are a significant contribution to
the library. This is the third such grant and
Dr. Msiska hopes this expression of support will
An important work in progress – the Synod continues to
work with Ministries of Education and of Human Resources
In 2002, the Synod began the process of receiving
government approval. The implications of
this are far-reaching and affect everything from
fund-raising to the employability in government
institutions of graduates of the colleges.
Unilia has responded to a set of criteria and
submitted a long, detailed report addressing areas of
concern. An official visit expected in November will
enable the Ministry of Human Resources evaluation
and decision by the end of 2006.
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university is helping facilitate the Livingstonia
Community Water Project being funded by Rotary
More than 20 Rotary clubs from the
have joined with RC Mzuzu (the host club) to raise
$500,000 to provide a new gravity flow water system
for the plateau and surrounding villages.
Eventually, over 15,000 people will have access to
safe water and improved sanitation methods will be put
both Rotarians, have brought together groups responding
to this need. Rotarian Bob Wubbena of Washington
state is coordinating the grant process and acts
as liaison with Water For People, a consortium of
thousands of water experts who assist with projects all
over the world. Jim McGill of CCAP Synod of
Livingstonia has formed a team to implement the project
phases. Anthony Delefa, a water expert from
Tanzania, is the project engineer and the
Livingstonia Community Water Management team
represents the community to be served. Livingstonia
Technical College is providing storage space and
accounts assistance; the university is providing
accounts assistance and leadership. The community is
providing manual labor, some supplies and long-term
leadership. The benefit for the colleges located at
Livingstonia is that, as they grow, their water needs
will be met.
village chiefs and other leaders gathered at
Livingstonia to hear
Community Water Project
House water tank
Part of the
Livingstonia Community Water Project will benefit
university housing. Two raised tanks have been
installed to improve the water pressure and delivery of
water to Overtoun Hall (men’s hostel) and to University
House used for adjunct faculty and visitors. THANK YOU
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Pohlmann of the German Embassy meets with registrar,
Binnie Mwakasungula and vice chancellor, Henry Kirk
A MK 1.5
million (over $10,000) grant from the German government
has been awarded to Unilia to renovate and expand
Roxburgh Hall, the dining facility for the College
of Education. Construction is being supervised by
Albert Kayange of Livingstonia Technical College. This
addition will help ease the difficulty of serving
students in the limited space currently available.
for 2006-07, students, faculty and university
administration will be supported
by grants from the University of Livingstonia
Foundation. The foundation awarded MK 1.6
million (about $12,000) to deserving students
at the College of Education. Awards, based on need and
merit, are not guaranteed for the next academic year.
An additional MK 1.6 million was allocated for
faculty and administrative needs.
addition, several student sponsors contribute
to the cost of educating their student through the
This gives the donor the income tax deduction and gives
the student assurance that funds will
reach the university in a timely fashion. Many are
participating – A nurse, Cindy Hill helps 1 young
man; Dr. Louise Rogers, a doctor, supports 4
students; Ms Ole Nelson, a former peace corps
volunteer, supports 1; 2
brothers are assisted by Kathy Hensley who knows
their mother well. Several others are assisted by gifts
from members of the Chehalis/Centralia communities.
Elcana Chihana, Jane Chikapa, Siphewe Masola, and Rachel
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Munthali and Nkhoma welcomed Unilia friend, Sophie
Nyasulu a Malawian from the U.S. who visited to learn
more about Unilia. It is hoped that she and her husband
Frazier, a chemistry professor, will become more
involved with the university.
to the U.S., the Kirks connected with friends of Malawi
in London in October. They
with Julie and Legson Kayira who still desire to
return to Malawi. They also spent an evening
with the Watipaso and Francisca Mkandawire family.
Watipaso (son of Mujura Mkandawire and nephew of O.I.
Mkandawire and Austin Mkandawire) made a connection for
the Kirks with his Rotary Club of North Harrow were they
were able to make a presentation about Livingstonia’s
third year running, a team of 17 “angels” from the
Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education of Zambia came
The group comes to Livingstonia primarily to assist, but
also to learn more about the place from which the early
development of East Central Africa radiated. The
organization’s purpose is to train people to go out into
the world and be a living testament of the Gospel.
The College of Education benefited from their work –
very fortunate indeed. The FCE group exhibit good
Christian living at work. The team this year was led
Jannie and Elise Compion and Mark and Alexa.
Their assistance is truly a blessing.
partnership is developing between CCAP Synod of
Livingstonia and Olympia Presbytery in Washington State,
– a direct result of the visit of four ministers from
Washington State, U.S.A.
During their visit, the clergy turned
their attention to the development of the University of
Livingstonia and its 5 constituent colleges.
Longfield presents Rev. Nkhoma the Olympia Presbytery
Before they returned to the
discussions were held with CCAP officials to clarify
aspects of this partnership intended to focus on
Unilia. The Presbytery of Olympia is comprised of
50 churches; some are already involved in Malawian
projects including the university. This partnership,
now in its final approval stages, will provide
information to a large group of
will encourage participation in a number of ways.
which can be made between church members and groups who
have expertise will be invaluable to all 5 colleges.
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The NEED List is Long.
Here are some ideas:
$50 will provide a small study table and chair
for College of Education students and visiting faculty.
30 desks and chairs for a classroom cost about $1,600.
Can you help us buy a new or good used Toyota Land
Cruiser for travel over rugged terrain? A new
one costs about $40,000; good used ones
can be obtained for $25,000-30,000.
Can you donate 6 months to a year of your time to
teach? A master’s degree is preferred, but all are
welcome. This is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in
a different culture and to make life-long friends.
Could you provide general support assistance to
administrative staff? Share your skills with
Malawians who need training in administrative areas.
Come and give a seminar on a particular topic, teach a
module or tutor students.
Sponsor a student by contributing to the
University of Livingstonia Foundation. $2,000 per year
will house, feed and educate one student studying to
become a primary or secondary school teacher. The need
Sponsor a faculty or administrator. Maybe you
belong to a group who could assist.
Architectural drawings are needed for the College
of Commerce student hostels. Can you draw them?
Teaching and learning materials are always
The College of Nursing and Midwifery needs
help with their building projects – what can you do
The Technical College needs housing for 100
women students. Can you organize a work team to
The Theological College students need
electricity brought to their hostels and
classrooms. Are you an electrician?
contributions are tax deductible.
further information or inquiries, call Henry or Jenny
Kirk at (360) 748-8761 or e-mail them at
They will be glad to
help you get started. Contributions may be sent to:
555 NE Jefferson Avenue
Chehalis, WA 98532
Give the gift of education –
it will last a lifetime.
… bringing together friends who believe higher education
is a key to advancing the nation of
Leadership in the United States
right) Mr. Tom Bradley, Dr. Henry Kirk, Mrs. Jenny Kirk,
Mrs. Vicki Nupen, Mr. Brian Nupen, and Mr. Brian Kelly
The University of Livingstonia Foundation is fortunate
to have dedicated professionals in the United States and
in Malawi, Africa who are committed to advancing the
University of Livingstonia.
and Malawi, Africa
right) Rev. Matiya Nkhoma, Rev. Debbie Chase, Hon.
Rizine Mzikamanda, Mr. John Banda, Mrs. Rose Chirambo,
Dr. Austin Mkandawire, Mrs. Jenny Kirk, Mrs. Stella Twea,
Dr. Henry Kirk
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