Flood disaster relief

The children at St James's School, Coldwaltham, with whom I have set up a pen pal scheme with some of the children in Malawi, have been worried about the children in homes affected by recent flooding. Together, they have raised over £150 specifically for flood relief. I am bowled over by their generosity, their concern and their initiative.  Thank you everyone at St James's School! 

Thomas and St James's Headteacher
Thomas, whose picture this is, raised a substantial amount on his own through a sponsored walk. Thank you Thomas!

It costs £25 to provide a family who have lost everything with emergency supplies - bedding, clothes, some food, and temporary shelter. So the children have directly enabled 6 families to receive much needed help. What a wonderful result!

Together with donations from other well wishers I have now been able to send a total of £500 direct to disaster relief contacts in Malawi.  If you would like to channel much needed funds through me, direct to contacts on the ground, please email me at themalawischoolsproject@gmail.com.


Some pictures of furniture too

In autumn I commissioned some school desks for Mwanazanga. The school has no furniture. The carpenter is being a little slow (!) but so far he has made 22, and he has finally delivered them to the school. They're integrated benches and desks, and each one seats 3. The next batch is under way.

Desks at the carpenter's awaiting despatch






A desk en route to the school, and some of them in use

Another school block

I have changed my contact arrangements in Malawi this year, and photos have been a little bit slower in coming as a result but here, finally, is our 3rd block at Mwanazanga School, taken just before the beginning of the current term. I'm really looking forward to seeing it. We bought better paint and more cement this time, so it should have a much better finish than our first 2. And this time we have added ramps. There is one child at present with a wheelchair, and of course there may be others in the future.

The 3rd MSP school block at Mwanazanga School

Sanitary pad training!

I wasn't there to see the training first hand, but thanks to MSP almost 300 girls at Mpasa Community Day Secondary School now have their own set of washable sanitary pads, and the skills to make more. Girls typically stay away from school when they're menstruating. A remarkable Malawi lady, Enelless Pemba, has designed a set of comfortable, reusable pads, and has established her own business, training girls to make them for themselves. MSP funded 2 days of training, and all the materials, for the CDSS girls. There are a couple of photos below, and a full set of photos from the MSP CDSS training project here.





Enelless and the wonderful purple fabric