Malawi, just north of South Africa is one of the poorest countries in the world. According to Unicef, only 10% of children on average participate in secondary education in Malawi. The charity Hope4Malawi, aims to provide support to local communities by providing food, water, education and sanitation.
Since retiring in March 2016, ICE South East England Member Chris Harper has been involved with the charity supporting their education efforts in rural communities just outside the southern city of Blantyre.
Initially at each of the schools, a kitchen was constructed to provide lunch for the 2,500 children - often their only meal of the day. This was then followed by classrooms and a library which Chris directly helped to build. Since then, he has been supporting the school through sourcing books which has to date has received over 3,000 donated from local schools, the general public, former colleagues at Tony Gee and Partners and more recently the ICE.
Through Hope4Malawi, Chris has also been liaising with a local student who is currently studying civil engineering. The student's education is being sponsored by Hope4Malawi and they are looking for further opportunities to support and encourage him to succeed in his dreams.
Since 2008, Hope4Malawi has been involved with projects in rural villages, schools and orphanages by raising funds and helping implement the projects like the ones near Blantyre. More information about Hope4Malawi.