Transforming the lives of children in Primary Schools
Lunch and a means to cook is not a big deal to us, but for those in Malawi, Southern Africa, where the average wage is $1 a day, many children go for days without a nutritious meal.
It costs just £12 per child per year to provide school lunches, a mug of nutritious porridge.
That’s why we are involved in Mpemba, Chipwepwete and Namemde schools, in a rural district south of Blantyre The kitchen at Mpemba was completed in 2013 and a feeding programme started at that time. In July 2015 the kitchen at Chipweptwete was opened after a feeding programme was started from a temporary shelter at the beginning of 2015. A feeding programme at Namende was launched in September 2018 with the cooking being done under a temporary shelter.
Having a decent meal every day bring hope and is transformational, both in the short term and for the long term development of the area. It enables each child to benefit from:
Please provide a meal for a child here
If you would like to help us with this project you can contact us. All charity running costs are covered by the Hope4Malawi Trustees and there are no salary costs so all donations given to this project will be used to provide school lunches for the children at Mpemba, Chipwepwete and Namende Schools.
Your help can mean the difference between life and death for thousands of people and livestock.
Four thousand children die every day from diseases caused by unsafe water and sanitation. However life can be transformed by a clean water supply. In Malawi, most of the Northern areas of the country now have boreholes which provide clean water; however in the South of the Country where Hope4Malawi is working, many of the villages still do not have access to clean water. Villagers either have to walk hours each day to the nearest borehole for clean water or resort to using dirty water from streams and pools.
That is why we would like to raise money to build a borehole this year. If you would like to give to this vital project you can do here.
Boreholes in this part of the country cost about £6,000 to construct. They are dug 40m into the ground which provides year-round clean water for the villagers and ensures it does not run out.
In Malawi, the high mortality rate among children under five years old is partly due to waterborne diseases such as gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, and amoebic dysentery, to name just a few.
Contamination from human and livestock waste is also a major cause of water-related diseases. Flies and other disease-carrying insects are drawn to unsanitary water sites and compound the risk of infection and river blindness.
Providing education opportunities for Children
Children in Malawi receive free education at primary level up to to end of year 8. However Schools are under resourced with class sizes often over 100. In addition there are very few text books and often no reading books. In many schools children sit on the floor and in larger schools some classes will be outside under trees as there are not enough classrooms.
Hope4Malawi has developed links with 3 primary schools near Blantyre; Mpemba, Chipweptwete and Namemde, with the aim of improving the educational standard of children by providing school lunches, classroom with desks, fully resourced libraries, text books, solar lamps etc
Due to the development projects more children are now passing the exams at the end of standard 8. Bright students who do exceptionally well in government exams are selected to District and National secondary schools. Secondary education in district and national schools is £80 a term, an amount most Malawians can not afford. After school, securing an apprenticeship or further vocational training or higher education is financially unattainable without help.
Hope4Malawi has a sponsorship scheme whereby children and young adults can benefit from secondary education and further training/higher education.
You could make a real difference by sponsoring a child through secondary school or a young person embarking on vocational training.
To find out further how you can sponsor a child or young adult please email Sara at info@Hope4Malawi.org.
Bringing improved opportunities for girls and women in rural Malawi
Many girls in Malawi drop out of school when they reach puberty, due to cultural pressures of early marriage, pregnancy and often poor sanitary materials.
Project MyGirl is a teaching programme aimed to help teenage girls in Malawi stay in school by educating them in issues of adolescent development, health, sex education, and cultural myths & beliefs.
Teaching is centred on identity, and addresses some of the unhelpful cultural customs in Malawi and aims to empower girls to have the courage to make a difference in their communities.
Project MyBoy also teaches health and sex education and addresses some of the cultural values underlying how boys treat girls in Malawi and helps them develop respect for the girls.
In 2015 Hope4Malawi ran the MyGirl and MyBoy programme in Mpemba Primary School and Chipwepwete Primary School and provided follow up for the girls in 2016 at both schools. At both schools the attendence rate for girls was significantly greater than in the previous year and the drop out rate of girls had reduced.
The programmes are run with girls and boys who have reached puberty, in schools where other development programmes currently run e.g. feeding programmes, chicken rearing projects, building and library projects.
In August 2017 a team from Hope4Malawi are delivering the project to 300 girls and boys Mpemba secondary school and Namaera primary school, neither of which have had the programme before. At the end of the course each girl will be given a sanitary pack with washable towels, pants and soap. We will also train a group of mothers who then support the girls and do further training with them and the other girls when they reach puberty.