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Africa.com Blog , Africa.com Editorial Staff – Last Tuesday, at the gorgeous David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, some of New York's finest eventgoers attended a fundraiser for Maloto, an organization founded by Anna Msowoya Keys. Upon attending her sister's funeral in 2003, Ms. Keys discovered that local children had accompanied the mourners at the ceremony. Like her sister, the parents of many of these children had passed away from HIV/AIDS, and were left to care for themselves. One way they accomplished this was by asking for food at funerals.
This occurence, coupled with the death of her sister, compelled Ms. Keys to take action in her home country, by helping women and children handicapped by the scourge of HIV/AIDS to feed themselves and eventually to earn money.
NY Daily News "Moms & The City" Blog, Raina Seitel Gittlin
– With a mission and a dream, Anna Msowoya Keys
is transforming the lives of women and children in Malawi every day.
In 2006, Anna founded Maloto, an organization dedicated to helping Malawian
women and children overcome the hardships resulting from poverty and
HIV/AIDS. Anna’s belief is that through education, economic development
and community women and children will be empowered to focus on positive,
healthy and prosperous futures. She is this week’s Role MOMel ...
Afica.com Travel Blog, Elizabeth Bohart — Maloto, meaning "dreams" in the local languages of Malawi, is also the name given to an enterprising NGO that’s investing in community-driven initiatives in northern Malawi. Anna Msowoya Keys, a native of the area who divides her time between New York and Malawi, founded the Maloto organization in 2007, focusing on education and empowerment as its cornerstones. She had the dream of giving back to her local community and in five short years, it is fast becoming a reality.
Unlike many non-profit organizations, Maloto works directly with local
communities to identify problems and create solutions. “Local communities
are the best equipped to understand their specific needs. We believe that
solutions designed by local leaders ensure that development is relevant to
people’s lives and therefore sustainable,” said Keys...
Nyack-Piermont Patch, 13 November 2010, William Demarest – Valley Cottage resident rallies community to raise money for supplies for new Mzuzu Academy constructed in African nation.
The Nyack Center was jammed Friday night for a fundraising show supporting the efforts of Rockland-based Maloto charity, founded by Valley Cottage resident Anna Msowoya Keys to combat economic and educational adversity in her native country of Malawi in Africa.
The event put focus on the most recent efforts of Maloto, which opened the Mzuzu Academy in Malawi, one of the most destitute nations on the African continent. The school aims to provide Malawian youngsters with the education that many in the region miss out on. ...
The Journal News, 7 November 2010, Khurram Saeed – When Anna Msowoya-Keys attended her sister's funeral in Malawi, Africa, she noticed many children were inside the home where it was taking place. She soon learned they weren't there to pay their respects to the dead. They were orphans, desperately looking for food to eat.
That was in 2003 and it was the fourth sister Msowoya-Keys lost to AIDS. Her four brother-in-laws also died from the disease. Collectively, Msowoya-Keys and her brother were left to care for 10 nieces and nephews.
"When you lose one sibling, it hits you," the Valley Cottage woman said. "When you lose four, it changes you forever."
Realizing her small African nation lost a generation to HIV/AIDS, Msowoya-Keys vowed to make a difference...
The Maravi Post, 21 April 2010, Joe Chibewa – MZUZU--They came, they saw and they were mesmerised. Yes Mzuzu Academy, the first international high school in the northern Malawi scheduled to open this September, has won admiration from a team of visiting U.S. citizens who have been involved in fundraising activities to make the school a reality.
Meredith Auld Brokaw, leader of a five-team delegation of women from the U.S. which arrived in the country last week to a get an on-site appraisal of the development that has taken place since the much touted school was mooted a few years ago, said in an interview what was being put in place here would make anyone proud. ...
The Maravi Post, 30 March 2010, Joe Chibewa – MZUZU--The search is over for an experienced head teacher for Mzuzu Academy, the first international high school in northern Malawi.
"Following an extensive international search for an experienced
head, with advertisements placed in Times of London Educational Supplement,
Mzuzu Academy has appointed John McGuiness as its founding headmaster," reads
a press statement signed by education consultant Jill Bennett Monday. ...
The Nation, Malawi, 25 August 2008, Joseph-Claude Simwaka - Five
years ago, a group of Malawians living in the United States, led by
Anna Msowoya-Keys, came together to see how they could contribute towards
the improvement of education back home. ...
The Daily Times, Malawi, 11 March 2008, Francis
Tayanjahphiri - Finance Minister Goodal and World Bank Manager Timothy
Gildo on Saturday said meaningful development in the country would only
be achieved through...
The Nation, Malawi, 12 March 2008, Taweni Kalua - Impressed. Is
the word that came from World Bank country manager Timothy Gilbo after
touring the construction of Mzuzu Academy in the city of Mzuzu...
My Story— My name is Anna Msowoya Keys. I was born in 1962 in northern Malawi. My mom and dad were both teachers. They always stressed the need for education. I had six sisters and one brother. Each one of them was successful in their own way. We were a very close family. The Aids epidemic has hit my family hard. Three of my sisters and their husbands died from AIDS... [ Read More ]
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