Home of Hope

Home of Hope is a children's home in Mchinji, Malawi, providing shelter, food, medical care and love to over 500 children. Home of Hope also provides an education for over 600 children in Nursery through Secondary classes.

The Home

Home of Hope is a private children's home founded by Reverend Chipeta (Agogo - Chichewa for Grandparent) in 1992. Himself an orphan at 14, he founded Home of Hope after he and his wife took in grandchildren following the death of their parents. Since then he has sought to provide growing numbers of orphans and other vulnerable children with the opportunity to live an independent life to the full.

His daughter Lucy is now the Executive Director of Home of Hope and his grandson Shinghai is also involved with the day to day running of the home.

Home of Hope consists of 5 main sectors: the Village, the School, the Farm, the Clinic and the Vocational Centre. Together they enable the Home to best meet the needs of those they care for.

Village

Living

The Village lies at the heart of Home of Hope, accommodating both children and staff. It includes houses for the staff and house mothers, boys' and girls' dormitories as well as washing and cooking facilities. There is also a water tank to provide clean water for the whole of the Village and a guest house for visiting volunteers.

The Village is a hub of activity, where children get involved in the day to day chores and play. Children can be found playing football, netball, building dens and colouring in under the shade of the trees.

Dormitory

School

Educating

Education is provided from Nursery to Secondary level. Over 600 children gain an education through the Home of Hope. This includes children living at the Home and, through the Outreach Program, children from surrounding villages whose families may otherwise not be able to afford fees.

The Nursery and Preschool students attend classes each morning, playing, singing and beginning to learn English through songs and games.

The Primary and Secondary schools follow the Malawi Education Curriculum, studying subjects such as Chichewa, English, Life skills and History. At the end of Forms 2 and 4, all students sit national examinations, which can lead them to further study at College or University, if funds allow. The education that the Home provides prepares the children to live independently once the Form 4 examinations have been passed.

The Primary and Secondary Schools have now both gained Government support, with the Government providing some staff.

Nursery
Classroom

Farm

Nourishing

Home of Hope has three areas of farmland which provide for the children and staff: a garden immediately outside the walls of Home of Hope and two separate larger farms. The garden includes several fish ponds and each grow a variety of crops, including maize, beans, bananas and mango. Chickens and goats are kept for meat, and two recently acquired milking cows provide milk to have each morning.

A mill inside the Village enables the production of maize flour, and has created local employment and a source of income through sale of surplus maize through the local market.

Fish Pond

Clinic

Providing medical care

In 2015 three government staff, headed up by clinical technician, arrived at the Home of Hope clinic, which provides medical check ups as well as monitoring and medication for children with HIV/AIDS. In addition the Home provides a scheme supporting local mothers with babes-in-arms. The provision of medical professionals by the government has given a significant boost to the level of care which the clinic may provide, reducing costly trips to Mchinji Hospital.

Clinic

Previously, the clinic was run by Nurse Dolly Chipeta (Rev. Chipeta's daughter-in-law). She qualified in Malawi, and recently took the opportunity of developing her skills.

Clinic

Through donations, the clinic has a supply of oral rehydration powder, which is very important in treating Malaria and other illnesses.

Clinic Clinic Clinic

Equipping young Malawians

The most recent development at the Home is that of a Vocational Centre in order to further prepare and equip the children for an independent life through gaining the required skills for employment. Once the construction of the Vocational Centre is completed, students will be able to take short courses in carpentry, needlework, furniture making, agriculture / farming, secretarial and computing skills. These short courses will provide students who would otherwise leave the home, with skills which enhance their chance of employment.

For more information about Home of Hope, please see www.homeofhopemalawi.org

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Vocational Training Centre

Images of Hope

Images of Hope Initiative from Old Soul Films on Vimeo.

The South African organisation Old Soul Films have begun an initiative called `Images of Hope' to give the orphans of the Home of Hope Orphanage in Malawi a new opportunity to share their stories and show the rest of the world what they are all about. Watch the video to find out more.

Sustainability

Since 2015, Home of Hope have been working with the Neno Macadamia Trust to develop sustainability initiatives, with particular guidance from Ken of the Highland Macadamia Cooperative Union Ltd.

Read about NMT trustee Will Rawes' visit to Home of Hope in 2016 here

Planting Trees

Macadamia trees are well suited to the Mchinji, and in a few years will produce nuts to suppliment the childrens' diet, as well as being a positive response to the serious deforestation in Malawi.

Efficient Stoves

Developing more efficient stoves than log fires, which are also more versatile, smoke free, and produces biochar which can be used to revitalise soil.

Solar Trough

Developing methods of using the power of the sun to boil water.