Serving the most vulnerable      in rural Malawi

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Summer Report 2016

including February-May trip


Msikita is a large, remote, vulnerable village of 1850 households—about 7000 people —under a Village Head and 3 sub-chiefs. It’s inaccessible by vehicle during the rainy season, so can only be reached by bike or foot.

Back in 2009, a Nursery School—Zayambika (“it has started”) was founded which still runs today with the same 6 voluntary teachers, serving 3 villages. Eager for educational opportunities for their young ones, the school started under a tree and later, the villagers came together and built a simple school room.  But, due to poor materials and lack of foundation, the building gradually collapsed and there were no resources to maintain or rebuild it.

Right from the beginning this project was challenging —to build a Community Centre that would house the Nursery School along with other educational and community events. The remoteness of the location and being inaccessible by road until after the rains meant we couldn’t even see the area earlier in the trip. But the villagers worked hard to build a “road” - a dirt track of clods of earth, stones, branches and soil, so our 4x4 could make it most of the way to the village.

83 children are currently registered, 51 boys and 32 girls  …. and no building!

MsikitaCommunity Centre

No commercial trucks would venture out so far on such poor roads, so every item needed to be transported by our motor-trike. This whole building project could never have been accomplished without this amazing vehicle—no wonder we need several more!

So, the decision made, we started to unpack the plan. The construction would be identical to the Mtikhe Community Centre we built last year—a very successful project. The foundations were dug as the ruins of the old building were torn down. We’d located and bought bricks locally and the villagers would transfer each of the 30,000 by foot, wheelbarrow or pushbike. They also brought in river sand in the same way.

Our part was to provide everything else—50 bags of cement, 51 iron roofing sheets & timbers, doors, windows and labour. The building took shape, and by the time we left Malawi, it was up to roof level and our staff continued to monitor progress in our absence.

June 2016

Msikita Community Centre


Community Centre

Last year we built the Mtikhe Community Centre.

In March, we visited to check all was well, but noticed

little details hadn’t been properly finished, which we put

right. Window handles were fitted, the blackboards

plastered and painted, and a desk made for the office.

This prestigious building houses a wide variety of village pursuits, as well as the Nursery School, and is highly regarded.

We were delighted to see trees planted around the

edge of the concourse, and more seeds requested.

Old & new blackboards!

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Opening Ceremony,

8th July 2016

So the time came for an assessment visit, and the welcome we received from the village was amazing—their eagerness to facilitate their children’s education, backed by years of voluntary teaching by dedicated villagers, impressed us enough to commit to the project.  A hint about the novelty and importance of this development came as we left the village—most of the children ran ahead of us excitedly shouting “galimoto!” to each other. This means “car” in Chichewa —some had never seen one!

In an extremely remote area - Msikita Village throbbed with excitement and joy as the Community Centre - our latest project -  was officially opened and handed over to local leaders.

Crowds pour into the new building for the first time, amazed that their village would ever have such a facility……

….. and celebrated In traditional fashion, with