Retreat to the Farm

A wonderful retreat venue in the heart of the Loire Valley. Choose your week … Art for creatives, Zen Meditation and Yoga, Wine Tasting … 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! Our next retreat is Yoga and Meditation 19th – 26th August 2017; all places are now sold out for 2017 but do leave a comment below or follow this link, to be notified of future courses and to see what’s happening in 2018.

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Retreat to the Farm poster 2017

New Songwe Primary School block opens

The long awaited opening of Songwe School block took place on January 20th, 2017. The event was graced by the Vice Chairperson of the Lilongwe District Council Councillor Patrick Maluwa, MP for the area Hon. Chrissy Tembo, Lilongwe Rural West District Education Manager, Mr. Hauya, Traditional Authorities M’bang’ombe, Mtema and Chitukula, PEAs from Chikhutu and M’teza Education zones, Head Teachers from all surrounding schools, journalists from Zodiak Broadcasting Station and Nations Publications Limited, Group Village Heads and Village Heads from all surrounding villages, Area and Village Development Committees, community members, Songwe pupils, CIDA Building Contractors, LSU staff and Landirani staff. We are particularly grateful to Love Support Unite (LSU)  who provided the funding for this build. More information here …

Children gathered at the Opening

Cutting the ribbon

Zodiac TV interviewing the MP

Official Opening of Sam’s Village Library

The Community Library at Sam’s Village in Lilongwe rural North-West, was officially opened to the public on 1st February 2017. This means that the communities around the 400 km2 of Traditional Authorities M’bang’ombe, Mtema, Chitukula, Kayembe (Dowa district) and Mkukula (Dowa district) can fully access diverse books for their knowledge and personal development. More information about the opening event here …

 

 

 

Christmas Appeal to complete Sam’s Village

 

We are delighted to announce that a ‘Champion’ has come forward to support our Christmas appeal. Earlier this year we sought and found ‘pledgers’ who offered to match-fund donations of up to £8000. So if you donated £5, another £5 would be added to this, from the ‘pot’ of £8000. What is really exciting is that our Champion will further double this once again. So if you were to pledge £5 this would be quadrupled to £20. If you could pledge £5 a month, over the year the contributions we would receive with Gift Aid would actually reach £300!!

Our Christmas Appeal this year is to raise the final £32,000 needed to complete Sam’s Village. This ambitious project started 5 years ago and the final stages of construction are almost complete. We have raised funds for this but now need to fit out the Village with accommodation for the trainees, solar energy, benches and training materials for the workshop and many interior fittings to make the Village complete. Next year the training can then get started with courses scheduled in Tailoring, Carpentry, Early Years development, Life Skills and many more.

Have a look at the overview film of Sam’s Village, a drone’s-eye view! More details here …

xmas-pledgeIf you would like to support us in getting Sam’s Village complete, please just click on any of the Donate buttons and where it says: “I would like to leave the charity a message” just type ‘Xmas’

How greatly blessed are we

Thank you for your support!