Can You Help?
We are very pleased with what has been achieved in this first year, given the distance between the countries of the two Co-founders and the steps which have had to be taken to meet with official approval at different stages. This is a continuing process – to build each foundation stone of the Foundation properly and securely. There is much that we have in our vision for the immediate future and longer term.
If you feel that you can help in any way, please send us an email using the contact form.
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If you would like to become a friend of the Foundation and receive copies of the online Newsletters, please let us know and we will have pleasure in adding you to our listing.
Personal information sent to The William Stewart Hope for the Hopeless Foundation will not be shared with any third parties.
Donations of Money
The Foundation has worked hard to establish the most efficient facility for people in countries outside Malawi to be able to donate money.
Some of the more familiar methods, for instance Paypal, have not proved possible, although we are hopeful that the situation will change as time goes on when arrangements between countries improve, and the world shrinks a little more.
So for now and in response to the many enquiries we’ve received from folk wishing to donate, we have arrived at two viable direct options, Western Union or an international money transfer service. Details for both of these are on our Links page.
The alternative is to donate to whichever JustGiving appeal we have links to on our Fundraising page.
For friends outside of the UK, JustGiving accepts donations in the following currencies; just use the drop down next to the Donate button: Australian, Canadian, Hong Kong, Singapore, US Dollars, Euros, South African Rand, AED.
Money can, of course, be paid straight into the Foundation’s bank account – details are on the Links page, but some banks will deduct more money than the other methods of transfer we have given.
All donations will be gratefully received by the Foundation to further its work to help the orphans and elderly. In the western world it might be thought that a few pounds or dollars won’t make a difference. In Malawi, to those who have nothing, those donations have a huge impact.
Whichever method is used, please note that in keeping with any other third sector organization, we will not accept conditions of use being placed on donations. There are several projects being run at the same time, all of which need money to function. Decisions as to best use will be made in Malawi. The only exception to this is where the Foundation has a fundraiser for specific projects, as in the Buy Bricks campaign.
We also ask that if you donate money, other than through the JustGiving pages, please email the Foundation with the details so we are aware that money has been kindly given, and by whom.
Donations of Goods
You will see from the photos in the Gallery that people have donated many items and, in particular, stationery following The Case for Pencils appeal.
The Foundation has been overwhelmed, as have the recipients to whom the gifts have been given, by the generosity of people from so far away. We have been asked how gifts can be sent to the Foundation and we’ve given this a great deal of thought.
On the one hand, items are desperately needed. But on the other, carriage costs are high and a considerable distance is involved, via public transport, which also brings a cost, to transport the goods back to be distributed. Additionally, the Foundation, being Malawi registered, is trying to be as self-sufficient as it can be in its own country. Purchasing items in Malawi helps to provide revenue and jobs in the country.
The Foundation started with the donation of Bibles. The gift of a Bible to a person who has little or nothing at all, but who has a very strong and abiding faith, is a beacon of light. There have been so many Bibles collected and sent to the Foundation – many new; some very precious and with significance for the donor; some clearly well read. Inevitably, the giving of any Bible has brought tears to the eyes of the person to whom it has been given. Donations will allow more Bibles in the Malawian languages to be purchased.
Monetary donations are what will help the most, will be most cost-effective, and will help the Foundation to grow so that it can continue to spread the message of hope.
We will continue to have fundraising events and drives for specific items.
Some more urgently needed goods will continue to be sent by air. However, the Bananabox Trust in Dundee is a charity which also does very good work in Northern Malawi and it has started sending out containers – our second shipment is awaiting the next container. They have an excellent manifest system and we have tweaked our in-house system to dovetail in. This is necessary so that we know exactly how many boxes Levison has to arrange transport – and people – for and is the reason why boxes will only be sent via the Bananabox Trust by Mary and Sarah.