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  1. Schools in Malawi

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    16 May

    Schools in Malawi have very few resources.  Imagine a school day without a classroom, desks, chairs, books, chalk.  Our dream is to see children thrive at school with the resources they need.   The headmaster of Chipwepwete Primary School talks about some of the challenges facing the school here

  2. The container has shipped

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    05 May

    A fantastic day as we sent the container with nearly 8 tonnes of books for schools in Malawi. A great team effort to get this sorted – thanks everyone who helped collect, sort, pack, encourage, prayed and gave – thanks also to Gathercrest for their warehouse storage, help with packing and the great curries along the way! A great blessing…

  3. Tim has us all in stiches

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    28 Apr

    Comedian Tim Vine gave up his time last night to entertain 450 of us with his quick witted puns, songs and live chat show with members of the audience.  The full house at Trinity school raised over £15,000 towards classrooms for a new secondary school in Chipepwete, rural Blantyre.  We are currently raising funds for the first phase building of the secondary school which will allow children from Chipepwete primary school and 5 other primary schools to attend.  Read more about the project here or make a donation here - thank you

  4. Not much to do

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    24 Apr

    These young boys don’t have much to do if they are not helping with chores or foraging for food.  They don’t have toys or a pumped football to play with.  If they are lucky they may find a few old plastic bags which they could wrap together to make a football.  When it gets cold and wet they don’t have that extra layer of clothes or a waterproof to put on – they just have to ‘get on’.

    Yet these young boys are keen to learn and followed us around hoping we may get out some craft activities, books or a football. They are keen to learn as much as we are keen to provide them with opportunities.

  5. Container Packing

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    15 Mar

    Resources for three new libraries in primary schools in Malawi will be shipped on a 20 foot container in April.  Packing has begun by filling metre cube boxes which each take over 20 smaller boxes of books.  We are collecting second hand children’s books and reference books and bibles which will be sorted, labelled and packed into the 20 boxes which will fill the container

  6. Sorting books at Epsom Book Fair

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    16 Feb

    At one of the biggest Book fairs in the UK, a team from Hope4Malawi sorted some of the 30,000 books which will be sold next week.  The team are sorting to raise funds for the Mpemba school feeding programme and will also be able to ship some of the books remaining after the book fair to Malawi to resource libraries in Malawi

  7. An Evening With Tim Vine

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    01 Feb

    Comedian Tim Vine is giving up his time to entertain us.

    Hope4Malawi and Trinity School proudly present an evening with Tim Vine, on Thursday 27th April at 7:30pm at Trinity School, Shirley Park, Croydon.

    The event is to raise funds for a link secondary school in Chipwepwete, Malawi.  All proceeds go directly to this great cause.

    There will be a licensed bar for purchase of drinks, and also other opportunities to give to the project.

    Tickets are £15 each and can either be purchased by emailing info@hope4Malawi.org or here

     

  8. Initiation ceremonies in rural malawi

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    22 Oct

    The new library at Chipeptwete is seeing around 40 children and teachers using it each day after school. These numbers were lower during a week of initiation ceremonies in which some of the young teenage girls we know were subject to violence and sexual exploitation. This is why the ‘My Girl’ project, teaching mothers and girls about healthy relationships is so important and is already having a positive impact in the schools. This insightful yet shocking article highlights what still goes on in the rural villages.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36843769

     

  9. I was there! And I’m really glad about that

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    13 Aug

    David Kellet, who was on a team from St Paul’s Church this summer, working in the rural villages and completing and opening the Chipepwete School library, reflects on his experience of being part of a short term mission team:

    I was there! And I’m really glad about that.

    My main contribution to the team’s effort was to co-deliver three teaching conferences for local pastors and elders, give a sermon in a prison, and a talk to a group of pastors from Mozambique and Malawi. I also pitched in with the other work of the team, and tried to keep everyone topped up with Ferrero Rocher!

    But it was much more than just a list of activity and achievements. It was an inspiration, challenge and privilege to help make a difference to people who had real need. We gave the conferences in rural locations, which were at the end of dirt tracks and the buildings we used had no windows, lighting or electricity. The people were poorer than poor. They would sit on the dirt floor unless there were some plastic school chairs available. It was so worth it. They were so receptive. At the end of the final conference a man asked: ‘why did Jesus humble himself”. I was there to answer the question! And I am really glad about that. For me a real highlight was preaching to the prisoners and the team then prayed for those who responded to the salvation message and for healing. I was there! And again, I’m really glad about that!

    We had to rely on God and each other (and St Paul’s people praying for us). One night the team prayed for me as I had lost my voice and had a really bad sore throat, but was due to give a talk the next day. In the night the sore throat left me and I gave the talk. It was hard at times. The weather was supposed to be dry and warm. It was definitely not. We were under pressure to complete the library. I was ill practically the whole time. But I was there! And I am really glad about that.

    But can I allow my Christian brothers and sisters to live in such spiritual poverty?

     

     

  10. Gratitude from Chipweptwete School

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    1 - 1 (5)Gratitude is one of the precious gifts we can offer people and it is in no small supply at Chipwepwete school, rural Blantyre. After 2 hours of speeches full of praise and gratitude for everybody involved, I was presented with this beautiful painting of the school. Thank you to Fisherman’s Rest, Bedell Trust, Trinity School, St Paul’s Church, the Chipwepwete Community, the St Paul’s team in Malawi, and several individuals who have made the library and classroom block a reality.