Covid-19 has been a defining issue in Malawi, just as everywhere else.

It’s been a tough couple of months for children at Chipwepwete since the school was closed and the free school lunch programme we support was halted by the government.  Fortunately, March and April are the main harvest time and so virtually all families have some food at this time of year – though many will only eat one meal a day.

In good news, this week our partners Hope4Malawi and Fisherman’s Rest distributed 5kg bags of flour which families can cook at home, to children and vulnerable adults in the villages around Chipwepwete. They will do so again in a month’s time.

The students at Chipwepwete are determined to work hard so that once schools reopen they are able to do well in the end of year exams. Without smart phones, radios, and internet access, they have not been able to access the programmes that the government is broadcasting. However, they are accessing information sheets and practice papers provided by our local partners and they are watching the secondary school being built for them close by which gives them hope.

The funds we have raised continue to be well used. Donations from a skydive organised by the Trinity 2020 team will soon improve the water supply at Chipwepwete by drilling a new borehole. Similarly, we are making a donation to Hope4Malawi to provide further soap and maize for vulnerable families and educational resources.

If you would like to know more about the ongoing project please contact Hannah Carey hcc@trinity.croydon.sch.uk.

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