Othakarhaka Foundation has once again partnered with the University of Michigan (UMICH) after a team of Executive MBA students from the Ross School of Business selected Othakarhaka to be their Project focus in building a self-sustained organisation, and eventually profitable social enterprise through the sewing and agricultural programs.
The UMICH EMBA students team comprising of Emily Henao, Kelvin Kwan, Martin Pagotto, Parker Boundy, a former EMBA graduate Becky Coulter and their professor Rajeev Batra visited the Othakarhaka Foundation in Malawi in October 2023 for a period of one week, and had a week long engagement with the OTK team, village chiefs, local businesses, farmer cooperatives, NGO’s and the Malawi Bureau of Standards.
Representing the EMBA 29 class, the visiting UMICH EMBA team and their professor also brought a donation of computer laptops to aid tertiary level students being sponsored by OTK in different public universities in Malawi and assorted medical supplies to Othakarhaka clinic pharmacy to support the people within the community through the Othakarhaka clinic. The team also surprised Othakarhaka when they offered education scholarships to two secondary school students from Milonga Community Day secondary School and made a donation of sanitary materials such as sanitary pads and underwear’s to the girls from the school.
Earlier this year, the organization also hosted another team of Fulltime MBA students from the University of Michigan who worked with the organization’s staff team members, different school and student on Othakarhaka scholarship program to develop a project which will transform the organization into a center for education excellence in Mulanje district and beyond.