Pedal Power Malawi 2019

Please support us to raise funds as we cycle 500km through Malawi. After an amazing cycle ride in 2018, we are doing it again in 2019. Get inspired by watching the 2018 Video here!!

So please sign up for our cycle challenge from Blantyre to Sam’s Village near Lilongwe or send us an email for more information. There is a full PDF download available here with a more detailed overview of the trip or just click on the poster. 


Christmas Dinner & Dance – update!

Many thanks to all who attended the AVM Christmas Dinner & Dance  on Saturday 8th December from 7 – 11pm. At St Matthew’s Primary School, Langley Road, Surbiton, KT6 6LW.

A wonderful evening enjoyed by all which raised £3800. Many, many thanks! 

Sam’s Village Christmas Appeal – Matched Funding is back!

Matched Funding

We have received a truly generous offer of £40,000 of matched funding which will allow us to complete the remaining accommodation blocks and train 100 people next year. To receive this amount we need to receive donations to the same value. We have already received £17,000 towards this, so need to raise a further £23,000. This is really life-changing work which will transform some of the world’s poorest people, giving them jobs and self-sufficiency.


Some of this year’s successful graduates

If you would like to help fund this sustainable training programme, please click here:


A Christmas Present to make a difference

Do consider making a donation to Sam’s Village as a gift to your loved ones.

We will send you a gift card which you can personalise and pass on as your present.

When you donate, please mention ‘Christmas Present’ in your message and of course your address. 






UNESCO partners with AVM


We are delighted to announce that we have just signed a contract to become implementation partners with UNESCO which is managing part of the Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) in Malawi. STEP will be supporting bursaries for the next 18 months to train 150 marginalized people in different vocational skills. We are specifically focusing on a minimum of 50% women attendance. STEP is funded by the European Union.

We announced earlier that our first training course started in March 2018 where 12 trainees had been selected to be trained as tailors. Their training is now complete and we are very pleased that everybody passed their Level 1 certification for Tailoring. Ruth Desmond is our Tailoring trainer and has been inspirational in teaching 12 people all the skills needed to be a tailor and empowering them to become self-sufficient. Their graduation took place in July, where we also welcomed the first group of trainees to be funded through STEP.

If you click here:, you will find more information about STEP, as well as a video of the music single they commissioned which was no 1 in the Malawi charts for 6 weeks in 2017!



Retreat to the Farm

Another year of wonderful retreats in the heart of the Loire Valley. Choose your week … Breathe, Draw, Gather; Exploring Ashtanga Yoga; Zen Meditation and Yoga, Earth, Fire, Stone and Wood; Baking at the Farm … or try more than one!

20% of the income goes to support the orphan and vulnerable children of Malawi, so do please support Sam in this new venture and have a wonderful treat for yourself!

More details here …





Pedal Power Malawi 2018

 Please support us to raise funds as we cycle 500km through Malawi. 

You can reach our fundraising page here

It’s not too late to join us in our cycle challenge from Blantyre to Sam’s Village near Lilongwe. Details on the poster or drop us an email here for more information. There is also an information pack about the route, the team, the costs and much more here …


Sam’s Village live!

Our first training course started in March 2018. 12 trainees have been selected to be trained as tailors over the next 4 months. The training programme focuses on vulnerable and disadvantaged adults who are excluded members of the community, especially vulnerable women and people with disability.

We have partnered with the Malawi TEVETA (Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training Authority), who will provide CBET (Competence Based Education and Training) Accredited Vocational training at Sam’s Village. This will result in the trainees obtaining a Certificate of Achievement.

Our objective for these vulnerable groups is to provide them with sustainability and self-sufficiency through vocational training so that they will be able to set up their own business or find paid work. This will also provide village communities with increased access to locally provided skilled services. Future courses include carpentry, solar, earth building and many others based on community needs.

It costs £300 to support a trainee through their training programme, if you are able to help towards this, please click Donate above. Thank you so much.