The Blantyre CCAP Synod, through its education department, on Saturday opened a 128-bed hostel at Henry Henderson Institute (HHI) Secondary School.
The K54 million (about $180 000) hostel, with a complete ablution block, was funded by Weeshuis Der Hervormden of Schiedam, the Netherlands, an organisation that assists orphans in many countries.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, HHI alumni and chairperson of the schoolâ€™s hostels project Dave Saeluzika said another hostel to accommodate 64 beds is being constructed with funding from Press Trust.
â€œThis hostel, which will cost up to K40 million, is expected to be completed by February 2013. Upon completion, the number of beds in the girlsâ€™ hostels will increase to 192,â€ he said.Â
Blantyre Synod general secretary the Reverend Alex Maulana thanked the Dutch organisation for assisting the synod.
The school head teacher Tia Dumira said the modern hostels and a conducive learning environment will motivate girls to work hard in class.