Help promote learning and literacy abroad. Donate to the Jacaranda Book Drive

November 8, 2022

Professor D’Italia & Professor Heilman Invite You to Participate in the Campaign to Benefit The Jacaranda School in Malawi!

The Jacaranda School for Orphans  in Limbe, Malawi, currently educates more than 400 children. The students at Jacaranda have lost one or both parents. Many of the students are born HIV positive.

Prof. Heilman visits Malawi for the opening of a new library. He is surrounded by school children.
Prof. Heilman visits the students in Malawi.

Despite the challenges these students face, Jacaranda has been able to achieve the following: 

  • 100% pass rate on 2021 secondary school national exams 
  • 94% pass rate on 2021 primary school national exams 

The Jacaranda School also operates Luc’s Libraries. This program creates and operates libraries in other primary schools in Malawi. The program has opened 24 libraries, reaching 55,000 children. 

Prof. Heilman poses with sign that reads Luc's Library @ Nayizi Primary School
Prof. Heilman at the grand opening of Luc's Library.

Please help us by donating:  

  • Dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases, encyclopedias, or other school resources 
  • Any books from pre-school to adult 
  • Books that represent Black characters; books written by Malawian authors, African authors 
  • Toys, learning tools, or puzzles for our preschool 

The Catholic University of Malawi is the first ever private University in Malawi to have its Law Programme accredited. This means better access to higher education and better access to justice. Jacaranda currently has two graduates enrolled at the school.  Let’s share our wealth and donate our more recent law books: 

  • Used or New treatises, texts, supplements, and non-fiction law books—no older than 2014 

$$ to spare?

Jacaranda students sit three to a desk in a classroom with aging blackboards—they can be difficult to write on and even to erase.

Help Jacaranda buy whiteboards for its classrooms.    


  • Prof. D’Italia’s Office — BW311 
  • The Writing Center — W338