helping people survive and recover from forced displacement through Education Scholarships


We are sponsoring refugees and members of the host community near Dzaleka Refugee Camp through a 4-year degree program of their choice in Malawi.

Need: The UN reports that only 1% of refugee youth go to college/University, compared to 36% of youth globally. In Dzaleka Refugee Camp and the surrounding host community, we have seen evidence of this statistic playing out on a regular basis. This is not because students in the camp or the host community do not want to go to school or because they are not qualified. The primary barriers they face are cost and access. Their isolation and limited resources make it difficult to achieve their goals.

Goal:  In 2017 and 2018 we supported 12 students each year in their studies. Our goal is to continue to provide support for a minimum of 10 students per year. The cost of supporting one year of classes for one student is about $1500. The cost of a full 4 year program is around $6,000.

Strategy: We are partnering with There Is Hope to sponsor refugees and host community youth to go to college in Malawi. There Is Hope has successfully managed this scholarship program for many years, and they have an excellent system in place for student selection, mentoring and advising, and financial accountability. They assist us in monitoring the progress of the students and help us facilitate visits with sponsored students during our visits when helpful.

Progress: As of 7/2019 we have issued a total of 28 scholarships!

Opportunity: We encourage you, your church or small group to consider changing the life of a refugee in Dzaleka through a College scholarship. Together we can meet our goal of sponsoring at least 10 students each year in their studies. You can send donations by mail to IAFR, P.O. Box 1405, Wheaton, IL 60187. Be sure to include a note designating the gift for "Refugee Scholarship -Malawi" Or you can click the link above to give online via credit card or bank transfer.

Project Partners: There Is Hope Malawi

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