We are delighted that Chikondi Gundo has agreed to be our new Project Manager at Chiringa, starting now. Chikondi is a B.Sc. graduate (in Environmental Health, with Credit) of the University of Malawi. Her last job was with Oxfam. She lives at Phalombe, so knows the area well and is “very happy to work with Care and Share”. We are also very pleased that George Makawa and Blessings Chipoka will continue their good work for the orphans, vulnerable children, and needy of the area.
The AGM in July went well, though we would have liked a few more to have joined us by Zoom! For this year’s review of activities at Care & Share in Malawi, we have engaged James Lusuntha, from Mzuzu in the north – his report will help to decide our future priorities, and we will include comment in our November newsletter. Although our contacts in Malawi have not yet, to our knowledge, been affected by Covid, the schools there have. like ours, been shut, and the health authorities fear that an increase in cases may overwhelm their limited resources. What we can contribute to the health of the community is much appreciated by them.
On June 19th, our Chiringa team told us that most of our elders complained of feeling cold since we are in the cold months, and told as that the blankets which they received long time back are worn out. therefore, we at once approved that purchase, and manager George and his team distributed blankets and sleeping mats.
On May 29th, the Chiringa team asked for funds for sanitizers, plastic washing buckets and soap, as the Government, unable to manage on its own, was urging all organizations to take part in assisting the community. Of course, we approved, and each of the 60 beneficiaries received a plastic washing bucket and three cartons of soap.
The Michesi Water Committee recently (end-March) participated in extra training, organised by Ronald Tsonga, and funded jointly by the Rotary Club of Ayr and Abbas Rest. With the coronavirus being in all the neighbouring countries, some practice at protection was included.
We were planning to put a Dragon Boat team into the Irvine Harbour Festival event on Sat 18 July 2020, but this is naturally being postponed till 2021 – if interested, you can send us a message through the contact form on the donations page, and we will get back to you. For what it involves, see the photos from the 2015/14/13 events. To download the info sheet, click the image.
Power is always a problem in Malawi – there has been no electricity in Chiringa for five days now, as the electricity poles fell due to the heavy rains there!
We had expected to launch a gifts page (a recent idea from a supporter), using online shopping. However, Paypal have listed us as based in Algeria (we’re not the only ones relocated to there!) and, once set, the country can’t be changed, so we need to close the account (to restart it), and we can’t do that either (again, others have had this problem) – so our Gifts page – all ready to go – will not be available for Christmas. We’ll let you know when the problems are sorted.
Here we have the fertiliser arriving in early October – Care & Share buys fertiliser and seeds for distribution to the support groups and the vulnerable families that are keeping the orphans as part of empowering them in farming activities rather than waiting for handouts. Since we introduced this method most families are able to harvest maize which supports them throughout the year.
The St John’s Town of Dalry Coffee Morning was a great success – raising the tremendous amount of over £1,000. Many thanks to all those who helped and all those who attended. Supporting Abbas Rest in Scotland enables Care & Share in Malawi to continue their regular assistance to many sections of their community at Chiringa, and to develop new initiatives as the needs arise.