Officials from the Social Welfare Headquarters in the capital Lilongwe visited Care and Share on the 16th to check what we are doing there. Malawi trustee George Makawa reported that after their inspection “Care and Share was applauded for the wonderful job it is doing for the community and we have been encouraged to do more”.
That is a compliment not only to Abbas Rest and to Care & Share, but to all our supporters who make it possible. In this connection, we are delighted to acknowledge this week’s donation from St Ninians Episcopal Church Castle Douglas.
The May newsletter (#14, now on the Newsletters page) was being distributed in the last few days. If you support us but do not receive the newsletter (whether by email or by post or hand-delivered) please let us know – some email addresses have changed (making our emails bounce back) but we wish to keep in touch !!
The AGM of Abbas Rest will take place online, by Zoom, on Tuesday 6th July at 11:00 am – if you’d like to meet the Trustees and enjoy more of a discussion than just what’s on the newsletter, please contact us in advance so that we can send you a Zoom link and a copy of the Annual Report.
There’s always fresh news from Chiringa, so keep in touch!
You know that in 2019 we and Ayr Rotary co-operated to bring a year-round source of clean water to Chiringa (details are elsewhere on this site). This last week, our team there organised a short but very important refresher course for the water committee, led by local facilitators – a significant next step in local management of the vital resource. The two photos here show a whole group session, and a committee member reporting back from a group discussion.
for supporting Abba’s Rest as its Christmas charity, raising a superb amount of £1,610 – encouraging us in our efforts to do our best for the orphans, and the wider community, at Chiringa.
You, our Abbas Rest supporters, generously made individual gifts, via our Gifts page, to those in need at Chiringa – solar lights (4), plastic sheeting (4 rolls to cover 8 houses), and blankets+mat (2). The solar lights were given to Medeliya, James, Fibe and Eunala. The roofing sheets were given to Ogeniyo, Olaliya, Agness(1), Selina, Maliyana, Samson, Agness(2), and Maggie. The blankets were given to ?Jiney and Ogeniyo. The 13 recipients (10 women and 3 men) were selected as the most needy in the judgement of our Chiringa team who know the area and the people so well – George, Blessings and Chikondi. This was our first attempt to arrange special gifts, and we thank you for getting the scheme off to a good start.
Care and Share, supported by Abbas Rest, distributed maize in small groups this year to avoid large groups – today 8 OVCs (orphans and vulnerable children) from Ntikhe village in the morning (left photo), and OVCs from Lolo village (right photo) this afternoon, then three villages tomorrow, at 8am, 10am and 1pm. Their rule is: no mask, no entry to the compound.
Covid cases in Malawi were in single figures most days from early Sept. through to Dec. 17th, but have surged since. Two Cabinet ministers died early on Jan. 12th, and President Chakwera declared a state of national disaster later that day. Cases spiked at 1232 on the 15th, and are currently about 600 a day. The government introduced new lockdown measures yesterday (18th), including renewed school closures, a night-time curfew, and no gatherings over 50 people.
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with both funds and encouragement, as we do what we can within the budget, and plan positively for the future of those we help and the charity itself. In December, Muriel married Amanda and Alan from Glasgow and accepted a donation from the happy couple when they heard from her of the work of Abba’s Rest. The church mis-named in our November newsletter (sorry!) is the Balmaclellan, Kells and Dalry Church – their Abbas Rest appeal raised over £700 – many thanks – many people of the Glenkens are stalwart supporters of Abba’s Rest. And several individual supporters have made donations over recent months. As costs rise in Malawi as elsewhere, these donations help us maintain our activities in Chiringa.
The November newsletter was published this week, and was emailed out to supporters whose email addresses we have. If you wish to be added to our newsletter circulation, please send us your name and email address via our Contact page.
We are delighted that Chikondi Gundo has agreed to be our new Project Manager at Chiringa, starting now. Chikondi is a B.Sc. graduate (in Environmental Health, with Credit) of the University of Malawi. Her last job was with Oxfam. She lives at Phalombe, so knows the area well and is “very happy to work with Care and Share”. We are also very pleased that George Makawa and Blessings Chipoka will continue their good work for the orphans, vulnerable children, and needy of the area.
The AGM in July went well, though we would have liked a few more to have joined us by Zoom! For this year’s review of activities at Care & Share in Malawi, we have engaged James Lusuntha, from Mzuzu in the north – his report will help to decide our future priorities, and we will include comment in our November newsletter. Although our contacts in Malawi have not yet, to our knowledge, been affected by Covid, the schools there have. like ours, been shut, and the health authorities fear that an increase in cases may overwhelm their limited resources. What we can contribute to the health of the community is much appreciated by them.