Serving the most vulnerable      in rural Malawi

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All boreholes are now working well and have been welded to prevent theft or damage.

Our thanks to Wilmslow Wells for Africa for working in partnership with us, funding these repairs.

During this trip we repaired 7 boreholes around the area,  providing clean, safe water locally to 1678 households—about 10,000 people.  All pumps had broken down last year leaving the women having to walk up to a mile then carry each bucket back to their family. With so much water needed by the whole family for cooking, personal hygiene, laundry—it could take her most of each day.

Boreholes repaired this trip:

        Bilison, Kamoto,   

       Liphala, Mwande

          Msikita 1 & 2,

     & Nchange Villages

We funded 10 small businesses. Each was assessed from a basic business proposal,

expanded to consider viability and recommend alternatives, discussed, and issued with an individual Loan Agreement accompanying the funds.  Businesses included selling 2nd-hand clothing, buying and selling dried fish/tomatoes, rice, beans, and providing raw materials for carpentry and sleeping-mat manufacture.  Loans are designed to be repaid over 5 months—before the economy falters in the hunger period, and each was encouraged to diversify into pigs or something else to carry capital through till next year when finances move again with the maize harvest.  

We currently have 55 students sponsored in 3 local secondary schools—term 3 fees were paid in April and all exam expenses were paid last December ready for final exams in June 2018.   We also covered  the closing costs of many students whose families had managed to keep them in school up to that point, but couldn’t pay the last term’s fees or boarding, so the child would have been excluded from their final exams. We anticipate increasing the number of sponsored children in September, depending on school reports and each student’s commitment to work hard. You can sponsor a child’s education for £45pa.

3 weeks into our trip we welcomed the Senior Chief on site, along with our Village Head. The SC is the highest ranking individual in our area. She’s a lovely lady, probably about 40, with little education, but a keen supporter of OHP. She acknowledged gratefully the help received by the community in food, hospital transport and school fees, etc.

They shared about their local challenges, especially difficulties with the recent maize harvest—many will suffer because of the drought in some areas and crop destruction by army worms, a voracious pest,  apparently without solution. Even the SC was hungry. In conversation I asked what she’d had to eat that day—just okra for lunch, and would have just veg leaves with her nsima (thick boiled maize) that night.

Summer Report 2018

including February-April trip


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We checked on the two Community Centres built in previous years to make sure they were in good condition and functioning well, as we were considering building more to the same plan.  

We were pleased with what we found at both Mtikhe and Msikita Villages, the Community Centres (2015 & 2016) were still looking good, inside and out, and being well used—by the Nursery Schools weekday mornings, providing the venues for extra study for exams in the afternoons, and health checks and other meetings throughout the month. The central hub of each village — real success stories!

I.G.A.’S (Income Generating Activities)

Education Sponsorship

Community Affairs - Senior Chief

Community Centres - previously built

Community Centre at Msikita—built 2016 They’ve planted mustard behind the Centre for food for the Nursery School, selling the surplus for the kids’ other needs. They’ve planted trees, and the well we dug is still providing the whole area with clean water.