Sam's Village

Sam’s Training Village is a self-sustaining training village, built on a 10 acre site. The construction phase is now almost complete and the objective is to support a move away from hand-outs and to create self-sufficient training programmes that can support thousands of local people. This will improve their lives in terms of creating employment, organic farming, orphan support, reforestation, HIV prevention and many other important areas. Our first training programme took place in May 2017 followed by a series of one day courses. Residential training over several months started in Spring 2018 and is supported by UNESCO which is managing part of the Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) in Malawi.

Completed so far are: a pre-school for children under 5, library and volunteer accommodation,the training workshop, reception and kitchen/restaurant. The trainee accommodation is nearing completion. Permaculture gardens are also being cultivated and are well underway.

Sam’s Training Village is situated opposite M’teza School in Chigonti village, near to M’bang’ombe trading centre. It is a 30 min drive from Kamuzu International Airport, a 20 minute drive from Lumbadzi trading centre, and the nearest city is Lilongwe (1 hour drive).

We believe the Village will become a best-practice example for Malawi (and in time other parts of Africa) of how to encourage and develop sustainable, forward looking and skilled communities.

Why is it called Sam’s Village? Sadly Sam Hayes passed away tragically on September 10th 2013, at the age of 23, and his parents are creating a legacy that makes a positive change by supporting the building of the “Sam’s Village” Training Village. Sam’s friends and family have raised the £250,000 to build this amazing project. 

Two mulberry trees have been planted at the main entrance to the Training Village in dedication to Sam’s memory. Our condolences are always with Sam’s family and we thank them for all their support.

You can visit the Sam’s Village Facebook page to read the very latest updates about Sam’s Village. You can also donate to this great project.

Please have a browse through the links below to read about all of the projects happening at Sam's Village...

A brief overview of Sam's Village and our first training course for Tailors

Sam's Village - Drone update Sept 2016 from Sam Palmer on Vimeo.

Sam's Training Village from Sam Palmer on Vimeo.

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Training Programme

We are delighted to announce that we have become International Partners with UNESCO who will be funding bursaries for the next 18 months to train 150 marginalized people in different vocational skills.

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The Sam's Village Library is now open - Monday to Friday all day and Saturday mornings.

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Permaculture gardens cover the Sam's Village site.

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Building Programme

The building programme at Sam's Village is well underway. We build using sustainable rammed earth techniques.

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The Restaurant and Kitchen will be fuelled by biogas.

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Njewa New Office

We are building a rammed earth and permaculture showcase site in the Njewa suburb of Lilongwe. Email us if you would like to come and visit it!

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The full prospectus for the village is available to download in PDF format.

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