Malawi Chapter
Central Africa 



Hi Everyone, 


Just wanted to share this letter from our FOR OUR CHILDREN'S SAKE chapter in Malawi, Central Africa.  We make every attempt to extent our limited funds as best we can and in a way asked for by the people on the ground.  I hope that each of you will take this information and continue to support us as best you can FOR OUR CHILDREN'S SAKE.


Marcia L. McBroom Small

This Letter is a sample of the kind of correspondence we receive and the description of what is requested outlined below.

Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009

Dear Mama
Hope that you're doing fine. We are doing fine. Many thanks for your email. We are more than happy to hear from you and we do appreciate. Well! On the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honorable Joyce Banda MP. When the date was agreed of the meeting on 26th March 2009 ,it was discovered that with her tight schedule due to the fact that she has been elected as a Presidential Running Mate for the Ruling Party, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the elections time looming the meeting was postponed. We got a communication through her Personal Assistant that she would not make it for she had to travel for the Campaign Launch which was postponed on 22nd March 2009, Sunday to 26th March 2009, Thursday. But she promised to meet us before elections if any chance arises.

On Chikwawa , so far on the Achievements of our children initiative, it has been discovered that the Promotion of children's education in our community has been a success for more children are going to school than before. This has been attributed to good learning environment at school further distribution of school materials like exercise books, pencils, rulers' footballs and netballs has also played a past for the
children are able to play soccer/netball during break time after school as part of fun and fitness. It has also be noted that the distribution of clothes to the disadvantage children and paying fees to some pupils has also played an important role. On the children being supported all have passed and 4 have been selected to Secondary Schools, 3 girls and 1 boy. Those who failed we have encouraged them to repeat and are repeating. However the problem of fees is hampering our aim of assisting these pupils attain education. Having seen this problem we need to increase beneficiaries of our school fees initiative for us to help more children qualify. On the women who showed a desire to operate a Bakery this idea was shelved after a meeting with them and instead they opted for the Goat keeping program. To them they thought that the goat keeping initiative is more viable than the bakery concept. So we'll do according to their wish. Some women were provided with chickens as a way to empower those who didn't benefit from the goat initiative. So far the chickens were given to women about 10 of them who helps the chief's wife in sewing clothes for the children. About coops of chickens we'll encourage them to make it for the chickens and send more on this. We also want if you have books on chicken and Goat keeping as we can learn some tips from others. The breakfast program for the children stopped last year. This was a result of our Financial position. We thought it is unethical to start it again and stop and the middle of a school term due to funds. However it has been a good program for it Indeed encouraged many children to go to school and if funds permit we might resume. Well! During our first Budget this year March 2009 we didn't assist the Mitengo School with their proposal but we promised them to do it. This month as the children are on Holiday and they will start classes soon. So the budget for this Month is for Mitengo School and Fees for the pupils. Well! About Soldier, chief's family and the woman whom we bought her skin oil. Soldier and the Chief's family are fine and the woman moved to Blantyre and I'll pass your regards if I happen to meet her.

So the Breakdown of March 2009 Funds:

> Transport to and from Chikwawa $10.14 > Film/Develop/stationery $11.59

> 1 Bag of Maize $36.23 > 2 Tents $43.48 > 2 Goats $94.20
> Total $195.64

> Balance $4.36

Lastly, I hope this all that I have to write and today I was lucky to be using my friend Computer in his office. Pass my warm greetings to Louis, Gregory and Jeremiah. I have sent the photos on the Goat keeping Program, Breakdown and a letter.

Hope to hear from you soon.


African Women's Development Fund


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