The Jacaranda Foundation is an American/Malawian grassroots organisation founded in 2002 by Malawian Marie da Silva. With the foundation itself based in New York City, it maintains the Jacaranda School. Since Primary education is currently free for all students, it is Malawi's only entirely free school for both primary and secondary students. The vast majority of students of the Jacaranda School are orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
In the Malawian Education system, primary education is free, but the student must supply his or her own uniform, paper, pencils, pens, other supplies, and examination fees. There are many orphans in Malawi who are unable to afford such fees or basic items such as food and clothing unless they give up school and begin working. Founder Marie Da Silva established the Jacaranda School to provide education for students funded by the Jacaranda Foundation, which pays for all the students' additional costs and supplies students with a daily nu