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The children at The Hall have been supporting a Street Project in Malawi. Through one of our families we heard about an Orphanage of street children living in a village just outside Lilongwe. There are 34 children who are living in poverty with no education. The children make animal models out of beads and wires from the back of old fridges to sell in order to raise money to build a school and a place to live. At our Christmas Bazaar many families brought the models and £300 was raised.
The children, through the School Council, got involved. They took on various tasks including fund raising and writing letters to each child. Due to the exchange rate with the local currency, (Kwatcha), our contribution was enough to build the roof on the school building! The windows and doors have been fitted and walls plastered. It is hoped that the school will open at the end of May 2018.
We also heard how scarce resources are so each class collected stationery items to fill pencil cases for each child. Just before Christmas we had a visit from Lisa Bacaresse, our contact with the Orphanage. She led an inspiring assembly where we learnt about the progress of the school building. She brought us one of the ‘home made’ bricks which we have put on display. We presented the 40 pencil cases which will be used in the school when it opens. We received an email thanking us for, “the fabulous pencil cases – they will be greatly appreciated.” The children watched a film of the orphans singing songs of thanks for all the help we have given to them. It is a great privilege to be a small part of the big picture and are continuing our support in different ways throughout the year:
The children are sending some of their art work to hang up in the school.
Leisa, our contact, is able to bring back pieces of beautiful fabric from the markets and we are hoping to sew different products such as ‘scrunchies’ cushion covers, bunting etc. to sell at the summer fair. If you or a member of your family would like to be involved with the ‘sewing workshop’ at a later date please do get in touch with me. Lots of the children and staff are keen to get involved. All ideas and volunteers are welcome.