This week we launch our Malawi Christmas Appeal 2023, an annual fundraiser to support our ongoing partnership with Chipwepwete Primary School in Malawi, through the charity Hope4Malawi.
We believe in the power of education to transform lives and have had the honour of partnering with Hope4Malawi to do just that, since January 2015. During that time, and thanks to your generous donations, we have helped increase the number students attending school by providing free school lunches, built classrooms, toilet blocks and delivered seven projects to benefit the wider community.
In July, we took a large group of five staff and 32 students to Malawi for the first time since Covid; it was an incredible and life-changing trip. As always, we were bowled over by the warmth of our welcome and the passion of our local partner Fisherman’s Rest, which helps us deliver projects in the wider community. A video from the trip can be viewed HERE.
Alice said, “It reminded me how important education is and how the things we take for granted in the UK, are the most important.”
Our ambition this year is to continue to fund free school lunches and build a second suite of three new classrooms to finally bring all students inside and off dusty floors to work at a desk and transform their education. This would include the youngest children in Standard 1 and 2 who so often sit on the floor. Please watch this short video from Julian Timm and the Headmaster at Chipwepwete, Duncan Tsutsule, to show the first stages of clearing the site during our visit in July 2023.
We hope to transform this… …to this.
With an overall cost of £45,000, we have already set aside £9,000 from our previous fundraising and expect this to take a year or so to gather the additional funds. If you can donate this year, then every pound will reach the project and continue to transform lives.
Now, more than ever, we are aware globally how fortunate we are and want to remind everyone that we can make a big difference. Please consider donating through our Just Giving page.
David (Class of 2023), who went to Malawi in July, said, “Seeing the impact of Trinity community’s ongoing relationship with Chipwepwete Primary School, whether that be providing solar lamps to enable students to read at home, desks for them to sit at or a free meal every day at school so that they are not studying on empty stomachs was incredibly rewarding. Thank you to everybody who has supported this project in any way and please continue to do so if you can. Ultimately, as Terence Lester, community activist, says, “To really understand something, we often need to experience it for ourselves.”
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