Malawi is one of the world’s least developed countries.  75% of the population earn less than £2 a day and more than 10% of the population regularly go short of food.  The charity began after Sara and Mark Goodman, the founders, visited Malawi in 2008 with their family and were impacted by the number of bright, ambitious children they met who lacked opportunity.

We started by working with local partners to fund feeding programmes, funds for classroom and library buildings and by providing books for new libraries.  As more children from poor rural communities were selected to secondary schools which they could not afford to attend, Hope4Malawi began a sponsorship programme, providing an opportunity for these students to have a secondary education.

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From 2021, Hope4Malawi’s focus is to develop Hope Secondary School, in Mabala village, T/A Somba by providing infrastructure, staff support and resources. Further, to ensure that students being selected to Hope are well prepared for secondary school, Hope4Malawi will also focus on developing Hope’s four feeder schools, Chipwepwete, Tapani, Chimwemwe and Mafunde.  We will also continue our partnership with Mpemba FP.

All schools are government run schools and so we work in partnership with the Ministry of Education, and we will work closely with community chiefs, ward councilors, and other local partners.

We continue to provide funding for feeding programmes for over 3,200 pupils in three primary schools delivered and monitored by local partner, Fisherman’s Rest Community Projects.

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Across five rural primary schools, we have provided 7 classrooms, 2 libraries, 3 toilet blocks, a staff room and a reading room. We have also provided text books and solar lamps for reading at night to these schools.  We have recently funded the building of Hope Community Day Secondary School. 

Hope4Malawi sponsor 52 students at national and district schools and 42 students who attend Hope secondary school.  We have one current tertiary sponsorship programme and have completed two other successful tertiary education sponsorships


We also partner with the Malawi Learning Partnership (MLP) in the development of primary and secondary school lessons available through smart phones and are running a pilot at Chipwepwete primary school to test the effectiveness of the mobile app.


None of our work is possible without the incredible commitment of our supporters and volunteers including committed individuals who provide regularly and one off gifts, schools, churches and businesses.  We are also grateful for those who run marathons, cycle, read, and do other sponsored events to raise funds. People like Tim Vine who host events for us also make it possible to continue the great work.


Thank you to everyone involved to help some of the poorest communities in the world.  Whether you give, pray, volunteer or fundraise, playing your part big or small ways makes a huge difference.

We continue to take safeguarding seriously taking note of the Charity Commission’s advice. We  take steps to ensure child care/vulnerable adult protection, through DBS checks in the UK, and police statements in Malawi. You can read our Data Protection Policy here

All UK fundraising and administration costs, including Trustees trip costs, of the charity are covered by our Trustees and so 100% of all donations go directly towards development in Malawi to enable children there to have a better future.



Mark has a heart to see Malawians leave the poverty trap. This passion comes from visits when he helped in schools, orphanages and community centres. He is a retired chartered accountant.



Sara's love of Africa started in Zimbabwe where she ran relationship seminars for teenagers. She longs to give Africans the opportunities to achieve their God given potential. She is a photographer and accountant



It is a privilege to be involved in Hope4Malawi – my heart is to help bring to those, less fortunate than I, a hope for the future and support them both practically and spiritually. I am a teacher by profession and specifically help children with dyslexia.



Gerry is excited to be involved in Hope4Malawi as he wishes to help improve and make a difference to the lives of Malawians, both young and old. He is a retired chartered surveyor having worked all his life in the family firm.