Sam’s Village is a self-sustaining training village, built on a 17-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. The activities are supported through the Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP), an initiative funded by the European Union (EU) and partially implemented by UNESCO.
Completed so far are: a pre-school for children under 5, library and volunteer accommodation,the training workshops, reception and kitchen/restaurant. The trainee accommodation is complete but now being extended. Permaculture gardens are also being cultivated and are well underway.
Sam’s 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” rural training college. Sam’s friends and family have raised £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.
A brief overview of Sam's Village and our first training course for Tailors
Sam's Village - An update for 2020
Sam's Training Village from Sam Palmer on Vimeo.
Since 2018, working with UNESCO, over 200 bursaries have been funded for marginalized people teaching a variety of vocational skills.Find out more
The Sam's Village Library is now open to students and visitors - Monday to Friday all day and Saturday mornings. It has 1000+ books and a PC.Find out more
Permaculture gardens cover the Sam's Village site. All trainees receive permaculture training during their stay with us.Find out more
The building programme at Sam's Village uses thatching and sustainable rammed earth techniques in an environmental way.Find out more
There are future plans to fuel the Restaurant and Kitchen with biogas, produced from cows.Find out more
Njewa New Office
We have built a rammed earth and permaculture showcase site in the Njewa suburb of Lilongwe. Contact us to visit it!Find out more