What we do

About Malawi Orphan Fund

Malawi Orphan Fund was set up in 2005 by Rosemary and Martin Lowdon to enable people the UK to support the Home of Hope orphanage, Malawi. Since then, we have grown to be one of the two largest donor organisations to Home of Hope, with an annual income of over £40,000.

Our charitable objectives are:

  • The relief of poverty, sickness and distress of children in the care of Mchinji Mission Orphanage and other Christian-based orphan care projects in Malawi; and
  • The advancement of the education and vocational training of orphans in Malawi.

We primarily support Home of Hope (Mchinji Mission Orphanage above).

How we work towards our objectives

General financial support of Home of Hope

We regularly send funds to Home of Hope to support the activities of the Orphanage as a whole, to be used to meet regular expenses and current priorities.

Sponsorship

Our most stable source of income is our sponsorship program, which you can find out more about here.

Containers

We have previously sent two containers to the Home of Hope, with furniture, computers and science equipment, as well as lots of clothes. We have started to fundraise to send another container through our `Hope in a Box' initiative and hope to soon attain sufficient funds to complete this venture.

Visits

In 2015 a group of trustees made the first formal visit on behalf of Malawi Orphan Fund, developing our relationship with Home of Hope, and enabling us to work alongside Home of Hope to best support their incredible work. We were able to pass on a large number of generously donated items, install an internet router to improve communications, discuss our long term objectives and better administer our sponsorship scheme.

Our expenditure

As a charity run entirely by volunteers, we have minimal expenses in order to maximise the impact of your donation. The pie chart below outlines how we allocated expenditure in 2014-15:

Please note that our expenses have increased slightly due to supporting some travel expenses incurred through visits to Home of Hope.

More details can be found in our accounts which are available on the Charity Commission website.