Secondary education in Malawi is not free. In addition to tuition, most schools are boarding schools and require students to travel to and from home over holidays and school breaks. Each student's family is responsible to pay for transportation, uniforms, spending money, medical expenses and groceries such as soap, sugar, tea, and other small items.
The Dress Project does not cover all education expenses for every scholar. We meet with each scholar and family to determine what they can contribute, and then we supplement their efforts. Our goal is not to remove the challenge of obtaining a good education, but to assist and encourage our scholars as they sacrifice and work hard to achieve their education goals.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” Theodore Roosevelt