In September 2015 we were able to undertake our first Malawi Orphan Fund Trustees visit to the Home of Hope. Alex Mnatzaganian (Chair of Trustees), Matthew Priddin and Jane Lambert visited this year, accompanied by Ursula and Richard Walker. Travelling to Malawi enabled us to complete a number of critical tasks which will pay dividends both in the coming weeks and the longer term.
Our intention is that there will be able to be a Trustees visit every year, to continue to build our relationship with the Home of Hope and gain first-hand insight in to how best to support their work helping needy orphans and vulnerable children more effectively.
Travelling to Malawi is always an opportunity to take needed items, and on this occasion your generosity enabled us to carry with us an amazing quantity of gifts. Huge thanks to all who contributed.
Supplies for babies have been replenished thanks to large donations of infant formula, feeding bottles and nappies from residents of Bedford.
Additional financial donations given to the Home of Hope were able to buy blankets to the children who were in need of them, and provide shoes for a young man who needs orthopaedic footwear - all acquired from Malawi.
House mothers collected jackets and other warm clothing for the babies they care for at the Home of Hope. Many thanks to Christian Community Action of Sonning Common for their generous donation.
We were also able to take with us a one off donation of three laptops for Home of Hope, paid with funds raised by Phil and Daniel Janes (by cycling across The North of England from the West coast at Whitehaven to the East coast at Whitley Bay). Thanks to all the staff at sdc builders for their encouragement and financial support. These will enable Rev. Chipeta, the Headmaster of the Secondary School, and Linda (Secretary to Executive Director) to continue working when power is lost. Daniel will be volunteering at Home of Hope in Summer 2016.
A glucose monitor was donated by a trustee and her family to Lucy, which we were able to present to her during our trip. Lucy has recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Jane, one of our trustees, is a fellow diabetic (Type 1) and felt she must ensure Lucy will be able to stay healthy - which requires a glucose monitor. Lucy is grateful to the Lambert family for funding this.
Thanks again for all the varied contributions made to this trip. They were immensely appreciated at the Home of Hope.
We had three main strands of work in mind when planning the trip:
We look forward to letting you know in more detail how we got on soon, and sharing more of what we have learned and achieved during our trip.