Our Charity 

They told us that we would have to go right up to their front doors ...... so we did!

 
It is nearly a year since Makwawa Malawi was born and we are still in the process of growing up. It is like being a child. We have had to learn a new language, meet new people and situations, and make new friends.

 

 

 

 

 CHARITABLE STATUS

Our Registered Charity Number is 1096827.
 
Our objects are:-
The relief of poverty , sickness and distress of famine victims in Mponda Village and its surrounding area by the provision of supplies , aid and such other equipment as the Trustees may from time to time determine with the aim of assisting the village to become self-sufficient‘.

Brian Morris,a Professor of Anthropology specialising in Malawi has agreed to be a founding Trustee. He stayed at Makwawa in his student days, worked on a tea plantation and has subsequently been back to Mponda village where the villagers assisted him in writing a book on Malawian mushrooms,

The Charity is entitled to receive Gift Aid donations and can recover basic rate tax on your donations. Taxpayers in the 40% tax bracket can claim an additional 18%relief from the taxman.

THE MORE RECEIVED THE GREATER THE RELIEF.

   

CHRISTMAS 2002

We arrived in Malawi, being met by Charles and Rex  from the Nutrition Project at Lilongwe airport ,BA lost our suitcase with 1000 test tubes in it . Four hours later we were at Makwawa, where we lived for a week without any electricity, telephones , vehicles , newspapers or TV . It was great!

3000 Aspirin, 3000 Paracetamol, 1000 Malaria Tablets , a blood testing machine , equipment for tests and diagnosis of malaria (the biggest killer in Malawi) , bilharzia and AIDS were given to The Domasi Nutrition Project . If there is a Malaria Epidemic these will only last for four or five months.

Shay Busman, the Scout Camp Commissioner, together with a committee from Mponda village, identified 70 families who were already facing feeding difficulties. Although everything looks green (it is the rainy season) and maize had been planted in September, this would not be harvested until April 2003. In the meantime there is nothing to eat. With the help of our sponsors we gave each of these 70 families a 10kg bag of fortified maize flour. This would help to feed them for two/three weeks.

   

CHRISTMAS 2003

With the help and organisation of the Scout Association at Makwawa and the Domasi Nutrition project , 120 families were  fed with the 10kg bags of fortified maize in January, February and March 2003 .
Apart from trying to help with the relief of famine , Makwawa Malawi is intending to set up a Community Funding Scheme to encourage the villagers to run there own businesses , build a new water tower , find sponsors to pay for secondary education fees for some village children (£200 per annum approx) and supply seeds for crops as an alternative to maize.

A Community Funding Scheme is a self-administered fund controlled by a group of five villagers .The Charity supplies funds (normally no more than £100 ) to each group in order for them to set up a business. This loan must be repaid over a short period of time , including interest. Once repaid these funds are lent to another person in the group to set up their business.
We thought it was a successful first visit to our friends in Malawi

On New Years Day our suitcase with 1000 test tubes was returned to West Wickham, Kent, England . Thank you BA !

                    Robert Belcher

 

 

   

 LEIGHS FIRST IMPRESSIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGNITY

Any discomforts were disregarded as it quickly became apparent that many villagers were in an advanced state of malnutrition. Indeed some had taken to boiling unripe mangoes in an attempt to stave off starvation. What was striking was the look of absolute relief when we visited each family to tell them we were going to buy and distribute food. They had clearly been suffering with enormous dignity and little hope for some time. These were families who had somehow slipped through the net of any Government aid that had been distributed.

Many families had not eaten anything of any significant nutritional value  for several months. Indeed we learnt that one of the contributing factors to an unbreakable spiral of famine is harvesting the crop before it is ready and not retaining enough seeds to replant for the coming season.

 I thought it was a successful if sobering first visit to our friends in Malawi. We intend to return in the autumn in time for the first rains and the replanting. If the families do not have seeds the Charity will provide the funds. Any discomforts were disregarded as it quickly became apparent that many villagers were in an advanced state of malnutrition. Indeed some had taken to boiling unripe mangoes in an attempt to stave off starvation. What was striking was the look of absolute relief when we visited each family to tell them we were going to buy and distribute food. They had clearly been suffering with enormous dignity and little hope for some time. These were families who had somehow slipped through the net of any Government aid that had been distributed.

Leigh White (Trustee)

 

OCTOBER 2003

At the beginning of October this year we went back again (with some assistants -Hilary and Steve- Robert’s sister and brother-in-law) with the intention of progressing the Charity’s objectives

We had all been given tasks:
Hilary is responsible for distributing the tomato, onion, lettuce, cabbage, carrot and any other seeds we can take with us
Steve is helping with the rebuilding of the roof of a Scout Meeting Hall and possibly a water retainer
Leigh is dealing with the Community Funding Scheme
Robert is doing everything else

In the previous year we had long discussions with the local teacher on "how to make compost interesting to his students". We will find out how he got on
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YOUR DONATIONS

PLEASE BE GENEROUS THESE PEOPLE NEED YOUR HELP
Please contact us for a standing order form, or you can send cheques to
Makwawa Malawi
Park Grove
Lye Green
   
 

 


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