YOUR MONEY MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE
TO PEOPLE IN NEED
Focus upon sustainable development, education and
looking after the many orphans in the area.
'Every Penny Counts'. Our volunteers work for free.
No expenses or salaries are paid.
The charity works to support & improve the lives of the
people of Chinthowa & surrounding areas (Malawi)
The Chinthowa Development Trust is a small charity based in North Warwickshire that works in Malawi, Africa. Our primary function is the care of orphans within the villages of Chinthowa, Mpani, Njolo and Majiga located some 50 miles west of the capital of Lilongwe.
We operate on the principal that 'EVERY PENNY COUNTS'
Our volunteers, work for free, we do not pay salaries or expenses, every penny donated goes to the benefit of the villages and orphans.
MULLED WINE MORNING
Saturday December 3rd at 9.30am-12.30pm
This year's Mulled Wine Morning will be held at St. Benedict's Primary School Hall. St. Benedict's Primary School is located on Church Walk, Atherstone, CV91PS.
As usual Father Christmas will be attending to meet the children and give them a pre-Christmas present. There will be tombolas, raffles and games for all ages. Coffee, mulled wine, mince pies and other goodies will be available. Our special Christmas cards will also be on sale priced at £1, £5 and £10. All proceeds of the Mulled Wine Morning will be going towards the feeding programme in the village.
Come along and have some fun and meet your friends. We look forward to seeing you all there.
A Difficult Year 2015
When we began to work in Malawi, at the turn of the century, life was very hard for all of Sub- Saharan Africa. The rains failed to come at the right time and harvests were extremely poor. Since about 2005 things have been better and harvests have been moderate or good in Malawi. Even, on occasion the maize corn could be stored. We became a little complacent, thinking that this was going to be the pattern of things to come.
2014 ended well. The crops were planted in November, the rains came, everyone was looking forward to a good harvest in March and April.
2015 January. Horrendous storms hit Malawi and surrounding countries, causing loss of life and the destruction of homes and most of the crops.
Many of the houses were damaged.
Mr Taulo in his maize field.
In Chinthowa and the neighbouring villages there are several hundred children; the average family size is 4 children, they are of happy disposition, enjoying playing games, dancing, singing and laughing and joking at every opportunity.
We are caring for an ever increasing number of orphans through the Trust's sponsorship scheme, all children are cared for within the family environment, we do not run an orphanage, the support is given to the whole family. We help support the families who take on the responsibility of looking after the orphans. Orphans are sponsored by people in the UK generally who donate £5 per month. Each orphan has two sponsors and £10 per month is enough to help the families with food, soap and educational fees if the orphan goes to Secondary School.
HOW TO SPONSOR AN ORPHAN We have a number of children who need sponsors, if you feel that you can help us, please contact Brian or Margaret Ingram on 01827 704858.
In June of 2009, we began the construction of a Primary School in the village of Chinthowa. All of the work was carried out by local people who were taught bricklaying and carpentry. Skills that have been useful to them since this project has finished. The school now means that the children no longer face a 7km walk to school, which for the very young ones was very tiring and can be quite dangerous. With such large numbers attending the school we are now embarking on a second phase of building to relieve the overcrowding in the classroom and expand the classes to years 7 and 8.
We have several schemes in progress at the moment in the area of irrigation, from supplying treadle pumps, to the construction of small dams to create lakes for fish farming and general irrigation. We have a brilliant young graduate working on further developing this area of our work.
We are currently developing small cooperatives in order to increase efficiency and maximise potential yields following the introduction of various programmes of crop diversification and crop rotation, which now allows the villagers to utilise the land 12 months of the year. This is an ongoing project, we are now looking into the manufacture of organic fertilizers, which should result in the cooperatives being able to sell these products in a larger market.
There are many villages in the bush that do not have the luxury of clean water from a bore hole, as finances allow we install fresh water pumps in the surrounding area.
We presently support 2 local health centres and one of the major hospitals in Lilongwe. At local level we provide wheelchairs, walking aids, medicines, bandages and plasters etc.. At the main hospital we provide more in the way of equipment such as catheters, walking aids etc.
We are always looking for help in this area, if you think you can assist in some way please contact us.
Raising the level of the skill base has always been an essential element of what we wished to achieve, it is the key to self-sufficiency.
Along with education, innovation needs to be encouraged and supported, a reasonable all round business base will attract people to the area and will provide opportunities for the young people when they leave school. The opportunities for work other than being a farm hand are non existent in the immediate area, with these things in mind the Trust offer interest free micro loans to people within the area of Chinthowa to assist them in creating new businesses.
Chinthowa village is now run by an elected council, one of its members is the Chief, who does not take the chair, the council has a healthy representation of women sitting, the Trust has representation through Duncan, although he does not have a vote and sits in purely an advisory capacity.