From time to time we will do one-off appeals such as we have done for sponsorship of the girls at risk of losing their education.
These are some of the appeals which we have done, and the outcomes. They are ongoing appeals. In our previous update we asked if people would hold items which they wished to donate as freight had come to a halt as a result of COVID-19.
Air freight has resumed for urgent items to be sent, and the Bananabox Trust has 31 of our boxes in a container ship on the ocean. We have delivered 12 more boxes to the BBT Shed and have probably about 15 more are stored round and about waiting to go to Dundee. Because of the cost this end and the Malawian side and the current problems of finding enough money to feed the children, we are still asking that items be held for us until we have enough capacity to receive them.
We have had lots of lovely books donated to us for our library and will be doing future appeals for specific types of books.
We were successful in getting a grant for £300 for Christian books which will be a great addition to our library.
Flipflops and Crocs
People have been generously donating their preloved flipflops and crocs for the children and adults who don’t have any shoes to protect their feet. Again, this is an ongoing appeal.
Preloved school uniform has been collected from local primary schools and the children in Malawi are proudly wearing it.
Blankets and Baby Hats
We’ve been very fortunate to have local knitters donate beautiful blankets and baby hats as it can get very cold at night. Many of the folk currently self-isolating are keeping busy knitting and crocheting for us.
Hats and Gloves
There was a great response to this appeal to give children some protection during the cold nights and early morning walks to school.