Celebration Exhibition

Gala Evening!
A great time to buy your Christmas Cards, Calendars and Christmas presents. 

As last year, the Graphic Design students of Kingston College have designed Calendars and Christmas Cards especially for us.  There will also be an art exhibition of the students’ designs.

All proceeds go to support AVM projects supporting orphans and vulnerable people in Malawi.

Entrance is free, with a complimentary drink.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

“A Child is Born” Campaign Launch

Launching our “A Child is Born” Christmas Campaign 2015!

We aim to raise £15,000 which will be doubled by matched funds to £30,000.

 

The purpose of the campaign is to build a waiting home for new mothers at the recently completed maternity unit in M’bang’gombe.

New born baby in maternity unit

Newborn baby in the Maternity Unit

Malawi has the highest rate of pre-term births in the world, 18.1%; due to mothers having persistent malaria, HIV and malnourishment.

Globally, prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5. The waiting home will provide nutritional training to mothers in attendance as well as resolve complications which emerge in the latter stages of pregnancy. In Malawi, official statistics for malnutrition are alarmingly high with most statistics showing very little improvement over the last 30 years. About half of all children under the age of five show signs of chronic malnutrition with an estimated 48% being stunted (too short for their age), 31% underweight (too thin for their age), and 11% wasted (too thin for their height). One third of the population is food insecure in terms of energy, resulting in further disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.

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Contribute to A Child is Born:

 

And please go to the A Child is Born webpage to read about the campaign’s progress.

 

Let us know what you think, and keep an eye out for updates on the campaign!

Zikomo kwambiri!

Project 4 Africa Team Visit

Project4Africa have funded a number of fantastic projects in our area over the years.

These include two school blocks, a staff house, CBCC at Namanyanga and recently the new Maternity Unit at M’bang’ombe.  We are really thankful for their support with improving lives in our area.

This autumn some of the Project4Africa team came to visit the projects in Malawi.  They were Tony and Liz Williams and Steve and Heather Wood.  They could see the Maternity Unit being used, and they even witnessed a baby being born.  In one of the photos you can see Liz holding her.  The photo was taken only a few minutes after the baby was born – in the corridor as the delivery room was being tiled by Stephen Johnson at the time!

We also took the team to visit little blind and disabled Blessings.  You may have seen him on our Disability Film as Liz supported financially in getting a wheelchair for him.  The wheelchair has been used so much we had to take it away to be renovated, but it is now back with him!

Lastly we visited Sam’s Village and our New Office build at Njewa where Nyomi showed us all round.

 

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The Project4Africa team – thank you for all your support!

 

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Liz and the new born baby

 

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The Maternity Unit in action.  Mothers can now give birth safely here, with medical attention.

10th Anniversary Golf Tournament

Do you play golf?

Then join us on Saturday 10th October 2015 at Lilongwe Golf Course for our 10th Anniversary Golf Tournament.

11.00am arrival for a 12.00 noon start.
From 4.30pm there will be musical entertainment, trophy presentation and raffle prize draw!

You can also stay on for a meal the Golf Club (not included in the price).

Cost is 70,000 MKW for a team of four.

All money raised goes to Landirani Trust’s / AVM’s work with orphans and vulnerable people.

All welcome! Do join us, it will be a great day. To book your team, email heather.palmer@africanvision.org.uk or call +265 (0) 175 9005

6,000 more library books arrive at Sam’s Village

6,000 library books have travelled across the high seas and arrived safely at M’teza Library in Sam’s Village.  Chikondi and Irene have started unpacking and shelving them.

Organised by Noel Hayes, it is wonderful to have more books for the library.  They will be a wonderful resource for the community.

Thank you to every single person who helped make this happen!

We are looking forward to having volunteer Jenny join us in Sam’s Village very soon.  She will be promoting the Library facilities around our area, as well as teaching English at M’teza school.

Men carrying books into the library

Men carrying books into the library

Library books on shelves

Library books on shelves

Stack of library books

Stack of library books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fork lift truck unloading library books from truck

Fork lift truck unloading library books

Library books arriving on a shipping trailer

Library books arriving on a shipping trailer

 

September 2015 Newsletter

The latest African Vision newsletter is now available. You can read it here … September 2015 Newsletter

You will no doubt have heard we won Gold at the Hampton Court Flower Show Garden in July this year. Click the link above for more information.

I do hope many of you will be able to join us on Tuesday 10th November at the cornerHOUSE, Surbiton for a gala evening where you can buy Calendars and Christmas Cards designed by the Graphic Design students at Kingston College and Christmas presents. More information here … Celebration Exhibition 10 November

Heather will be in Malawi with the team there in September and many of the trustees will be there in October too. A progress report will follow shortly afterwards.

London 10km runners…

African Vision Malawi have 10 people who are participating in the LONDON 10km Run on Sunday 12 July 2015. If you’re up for the challenge you can still join us (contact us at the bottom of this page). Heather is one of those runners and up until a month ago had never run in her life!!  Please support her or any of the runners by donating here …

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Many Thanks.

SOAS Concert … by the School of Oriental and African Studies…

The SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) will be holding a music event on Friday 26 June 2015 in aid of AVM. The concert starts at 6pm until 9pm.

It will be an African music concert.  There will also be a drumming workshop prior to the gig and a Kizomba dance workshop.

The event will be at the SOAS University school, which is at Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.

Workshops will be taking place between  3pm  and  6pm

Kasai Masai, one of London’s best African bands, will be playing on the night.  Admission price will start at £5 for the concert only and £10 for each workshop.  Snack packs will be available for sale.

Tickets can be purchased from AVM Music Event at SOAS  here …

 

Fish & Chips Quiz night at the cornerHOUSE

Friday June 19th from 7:00pm.  £10 per ticket which includes your meal and a free raffle ticket!  Teams of 6 per table.  Come and meet George Phiri who is visiting us from Malawi. Tickets booked through our website using the Donate button here … or through Nigel or Heather.

 

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AVM 10th Anniversary Quiz night – a quiz for schools

AVM 10th Anniversary Quiz night –  a quiz with a difference.    This quiz will be held at various local schools (hopefully 10) on Friday 19th June 2015.

The Quiz will be to promote awareness of the work of AVM amongst the schools and the wider community. It will also raise funds and provide useful items for AVM work.

Each school takes up a challenge to complete  up to 10 tasks, receiving a certificate on completion.

Parents from the schools compete in the multiple choice quiz on Friday 19th June  with the top team’s score from each school being text to a designated AVM representative.    A senior rep from AVM immediately travels to the winning team’s school location and delivers the winner’s  prize  at the end of the evening.

Please contact AVM for more details. (times and cost tbc)