Today Alice and Marian were given loads of football kit for Sitima.
The charity Kitaid sources unwanted and often out of date kit from professional football clubs and distributes it across the world via charities like N4BW. We are absolutely delighted to be a beneficiary and I look forward to taking it to Sitima in April.
In the photo, myself and Alice join Kitaid 's northern co ordinator, Janet Neville, flying the Kitaid banner
Whilst at the distribution centre we were delighted to meet Mary Woodworth, the founder of Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO) with the photograph below showing Alice and Mary busily sorting and packing the kit.
Fr. Owen O'Donnell is the parish priest of Sitima, Zomba, Malawi. Big thanks from all of N4BW team for all the support over the years - we look forward to continuing this much needed work in Malawi
The N4BW team all got together last week in Coventry. Very exciting seeing our charity grow and grow. Exciting to welcome more people onto the team and for everyone to meet our new volunteers that will be travelling out to Malawi where the work is so much needed - to keep up to date with all current work and volunteer stories look out on our News here and also on Facebook and Twitter.
Did you know that N4BW has a partner school- St Anselm's in Canterbury, Kent. The school is spending time reflecting on life for students at Luntha High School within Sitima where we work. Their DT department made these great matching plaques for display in both schools. Pictures here receiving the plaques is N4BW secretary Richard Owens with some year 12 students, chaplain Louise Perry and finally headteacher Mr Walters
Watch this space for more news about the partnership as it develops. It was great to also be there at your Feast day mass at canterbury cathedral
The latest images, this week, from Sitima show our founder, Alice Davidson OBE and our Development Worker Irene Westbury along with project partner Fr. Owen O Donnell SMM, distributing sacks of maize to the outlying communities. Simon Flint our other volunteer is behind the lens but still very much involved. There will be further distributions later in the year along with some work to see if there are irrigation/agricultural projects which could help reduce the probability of future drought. N4BW is at its heart a development organisation and we are determined to lift local people from the cycle of disaster and poverty which blights their lives. Where there is immediate need, like in this case, we will also act quickly- with the support of our wonderful donors.
Thanks to all of those who donated to the appeal and to Simon and N4BW education volunteer Bridget Fenwick for motivating such support online.
You can donate here
Simon Flint, our teacher and development worker is settling in well to life in Sitima, despite the hardship of the drought among his students. N4BW have sent Simon an emergency grant to help with food for the students during this exam season. Pictured above is a table tennis tournament Simon organised for the youngsters on a table which was funded and provided by N4BW volunteer Damian Wynne in 2015. Thanks to you both.
To read Simon;'s blog visit VMM's website here, the organisation which is sponsoring and supporting Simon in his placement.
WELL DONE Jon on completing the race in 3 hours 31 minutes... we are proud of you and all the funds you have raised for the most marginalised in Malawi
You can still make a small (or large) sponsorship donation to help him meet his target
No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor. The self-sufficient, the proud, those who, because they have everything, look down on others, those who have no need even of God--for them there will be no Christmas. Only the poor, the hungry, those who need someone to come on their behalf, will have that someone. That someone is God. Emmanuel. God-with-us. Without poverty of spirit there can be no abundance of God.
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