When I look at the pictures of Ludzi Boys (Boarding) Primary School in Mchinji, Malawi, one one hand they bring fond memories of our old days from 1980 to 1983 but on the other hand, I feel such a void because I have managed to visit and reconnect with most of my former schools but I have not managed to make a trip to Mchinji to see Ludzi with my own eyes. I envy my fellow Ludzi Scholars of Ludzi Boys Primary, Ludzi Girls Primary and Ludzi Girls Secodary School who have managed to visit this place. Sending me to Ludzi was the best gift my mother gave to me as a young man. I am sure many identify with this assertion. Ludzi made most of its Scholars who we have become today. The place taught us the Scholars many things such as:-
Appreciating what you have; however little – Especially seeing what some of the students from surrounding villages were going through
Make do with what you have – Our parents were depositing our pocket money (Five Kwacha for the whole term. Yes, K5) to our Boarding Master, Mr Kachidowo who would ration it in dribs of 50 Tambala every week but we would string it along to the end of the week
Dream and Plan ahead – We people coming from all sorts of backgrounds. Many of us were inspired to dream big since were in a melting pot of haves and have-nots.
Teamwork – One could not have survived as a loner at Ludzi.
Charity and giving – The poverty levels that were conspicuous among the Scholars from surrounding villages prompted many to share what we had even if it meant getting in trouble with parents back home because we gave away clothes, shoes and beddings
Respect for others and for authority
Survival and unlocking our creative juices and talent
and many many more.
I believe I can make it anywhere because Ludzi Boys Boarding School shaped me so.
Anyone who can manage please give us pictures of every structure at Ludzi; inside and outside. Give us images of the whole famous semicircle of the hostels and classes, the Open Bathroom if it is still there, the Trading Centre, Ludzi Overlands Grocery Store belonging to Mr Chaputala, Mr Chaputala’s maize mill, Umphawi Tea Room teachers’ houses, Legion Hall, nyumba ya a Gulupa, Ludzi Girls School (ku Downs), Ludzi Girls Secondary etc etc.
I would like to call upon all Ludzi Scholars, Friends of Ludzi and anyone who has a connection to Ludzi or has been impacted by the place or its Scholars to join together in adopting the schools at Ludzi so we can positively impact the area and its surrounding communities.
Do you relate? Let us adopt this place as our own.
Who is in?
Please email your confirmation of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org where I will consolidate the list and then we will organized ourselves for action.
Let’s Do This!
Ludzi Boys Primary School
Ludzi Boys Primary School – Babylon Dormitory
Ludzi Boys Primary School – Kitchen and Dining Room
Ludzi Boys Parish Legion Hall
Friends from Communities Surrounding Ludzi Parish
Ludzi Parish Church