On 6 May, four boys work at a shared desk meant for two students, in an overcrowded classroom in Dixin Centre 2 Primary School in Conakry, the capital of Guinea.
 
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A simple desk can make all the difference

In Malawi, around 62 percent of students do not have a desk or a chair. Instead they attend class by sitting on the floor or on the ground.

The Kids in Need of Desks (K.I.N.D.) campaign, launched in 2010 by UNICEF USA and MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, aims to provide that missing piece of classroom equipment that can make all the difference for young learners.

Since then, the program has delivered more than 310,000 desks to schools in Malawi, benefiting some 1.1 million students across the country.

K.I.N.D. also provides secondary school scholarships to Malawian girls most in danger of missing out on an education — girls like Happiness, 15, who was able to stay in school thanks to a scholarship provided through the K.I.N.D. Fund.

Asked what would happen to her if school fees were not paid, Happiness replied, "Here in Malawi, girls marry at early ages. So at 15, maybe I would have been married by now."

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The K.I.N.D. Fund has raised over $33 million for students in Malawi

The K.I.N.D. campaign continues to provide students with the support they need to keep learning and thriving. Support this effort to help children in Malawi reach their full potential. Donate today.

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