New double classroom block at Chakulanjala
Chakulanjala School is situated in Kanyendera village. The school has a total enrolment of 746 learners of which 336 are boys and 411 are girls. Currently the school has eight teachers; seven are male and one lady teacher. The school has a good reputation for sending learners to secondary school but it had just seven dilapidated classrooms that were constructed some years back. Three years ago, communities around the school managed to construct a classroom block; however due to poor workmanship coupled with inadequate building materials the block was not put to use as it emerged to be more of a death trap. MACS has funded and supervised the building of a new double classroom block.
The new block is now in use.
Bicycles for Ordinands
Each year the ordinands from Leonard Kamungu Theological College are supplied with bicycles. This will assist them in visiting remote village churches.
To qualify to have a bicycle they must attend a bicycle maintenance course run by Africycle.
Chilema Ecumenical Centre
For many years MACS has supported THE WOMEN'S TRAINING PROGRAMME at Chilema Ecumenical Centre. This programme trains women from various areas country wide. Participants are generally women with some young women out of school. The training focuses in home craft management skills which cover all aspects of domestic science and technologies including basics in agriculture and food security, food and nutrition, health and sanitation, sewing, basic HIV/AIDS information, housing and home management, business management skills, bible knowledge, human behaviour and communication skills.
Each year MACS pays the fees for 10 women on this course.
MACS has also supplied teaching resources and equipment for the course.
Kingston, Iford, Rodmell & Southease Parishes
We are a group of four small rural parishes to the south of Lewes in East Sussex, running down the Ouse valley towards the sea at Newhaven. We are in the new South Downs National Park, and the South Downs Way runs through our parishes. Our churches date from the 13th, 11th, 12th and 10th centuries respectively !
Our contact with MACS dates back to 2009 when Bishop Donald Arden came to speak at a United service of Holy Communion at Iford. Since then, whenever there is a fifth Sunday in the month, the collection at our United Service (plus Gift Aid) has gone to MACS.
To start with we gave a total of £1,378 for mosquito nets. Then from 2011-12 we raised over £2,200 for bunk beds for Nkope school. And since 2012 we have been supporting the Chilema project with with over £5,700. In addition we had a spectacularly successful appeal for sewing and knitting materials for Chilema, which filled several cars, before being transported to Malawi by container.
We have been fortunate to have visiting speakers once a year at one of our United Services, following in Donald Arden’s footsteps: Jane Arden, Bazil Arden, Richard Barton, Sally Huband, Eileen Eggington (twice) and Amanda Quince. We also had a memorable tea party with Grafuid Tione in the garden of one of our churchwardens. We are also fortunate in having Sally living quite close by at Plumpton, and she keeps us up-to-date with MACS news.
One of our speakers told us that giving is not just a one-way process: we could learn as much from the people of Malawi as they receive from us. And so it has proved over these ten years.
Renovation of 5 classroom block at Sopani
The roof has blown off a five classroom block at Sopani Primary school.. MACS is going to renovate and re-roof the block.
Committee meeting under a tree but keeping social distance because of COVID-19
The walls have been completed and the block is ready for re-roofing
Pupils sheltering from the rain on the veranda of the newly roofed block.
The renovated classroom block now looking like new
Pupils are in the renovated classroom block. they are taking covid-19 pricautions.
New double classroom block at Mikanga
Mikanga School is situated in Ntchisi North West. .
Previously the school only taught years 1 to 6 so pupils had to travel to more distant schools for their final years of primary education. Following the construction by MACS of one double classroom block the school will start operating standard seven this academic year; however this still left the challenge of other classes learning under the trees which is not conducive during the hot and rainy season. So MACS has now constructed second double classroom block at Mikanga.
Nembere water pump
A well has been drilled and a water pump has been installed at Nembere.
The work was completed by "Afripumps" using a water drilling company based in Zomba.
This project was funded by Haslingfield Parish Church.
A letter of thanks received from Nambere is copied below.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to you and the entire board of MACS for the approval of a grant amounting to 3.5 million Malawian Kwacha which has made us to install a new beautiful and durable borehole at St Michael's Nembere in Magomero parish.
Be assured that, your assistance is greatly appreciated. It's timely response, previously people walked a long distance fetching safe water hence wasting time and energy that could have been used for other profitable developments.
This means that, the beneficiaries are both the Anglican Congregants and all surrounding villagers from different denominations. They are also relieved from different diseases that claim many lives when using unsafe water, such as cholera and other related risks. With Covid 19 pandemic this project will help us to prevent the same. We are very grateful, thanks so much, keep on helping. ZIKOMO KWAMBIRI.
For the effective use ;
The contractor has given us a guarantee of one year. The committee too was trained to identify faults and maintain when ever necessary
God bless you ! God bless MACS!
Fr Eddington Matendeu
Refurbishment of Staff House at St Martin's Hospital, Malindi
St Martin’s Malindi Community Hospital, on the shores of Lake Malawi, has struggled to retain staff because of poor housing. MACS has funded the refurbishment of house No 11 which is almost ready for occupation by a nurse or medical assistant. You can see the transformation:
Community led well drilling
MACS has partnered with Seedsower Trust to finance the materials and training for the digging of 10 bore holes. In order to give the local community ownership of the project they are trained to construct the rig, drill the borehole and install the pump.Click here to learn more.
St Anne's Hospital refurbishment
A generous legacy is being used to fund the realignment and refurbishment of the maternity wing and small operating theatre at St Anne’s Hospital in Nkhotakota. Work is progressing well.