A.G.M. and Annual Supporters Day
19th September 2020
Because of covid-19 this years AGM and annual supporters day took place online using "ZOOM"
The meeting included interviews with Grafiud Tione and Timothy Phiri.
Click on the picture to see the chairman's report of MACS activities in 2020
Click on the picture to see a video about the 2020 solar appeal or read about it below.
MACS and Covid-19 in Malawi
MACS commits £24,000 to our partners in Malawi as Covid-19 spreads in the country.
In a rapidly developing situation, MACS has made emergency grants of £2,000 each to the Chilema Lay Training Centre at Malosa and to each of the three Anglican boarding schools in the Dioceses of Lake Malawi and Upper Shire. This is in order to assist in on-going expenses until the planned re-opening of all educational institutions 13th July. This came on top of the £6,000 which was sent to Anglican hospitals for cleaning materials and Personal Protection Equipment at the start of the pandemic. A Post-Covid Support Fund of £10,000 has been set on one side in order to aid the necessary reconstruction of medical and educational services in the country once the worst of the virus has run its course.
The virus arrived relatively late in Malawi with the first 3 cases reported on 2nd April. As at 22nd June, the BBC reported that, from over 7,000 tests, 749 had proved positive with just 11 deaths. The majority of the new cases are amongst Malawians returning from South Africa. Initially these returnees were quarantined in Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre but, at the end of May, over 400 returnees broke out of the stadium, complaining of a lack of water, food and sanitation facilities at the centre and raising more fears of the spread of the virus.
The country as a whole remains very vulnerable. On 3rd April, the Guardian reported that: “In Malawi there are just 25 intensive care beds and seven ventilators in the country of more than 18 million people.”
On 2nd June the Voice of America website reported that, in a recent survey by the Malawi Institute of Public Opinion, 82 percent of Malawians said that they were more scared of hunger than being infected with coronavirus.
A nationwide lockdown, originally planned to come into effect on Saturday,17th April, was postponed indefinitely by the Supreme Court because of lack of provision for the informal sector of the economy which makes up around 89% of Malawians in work. However, all schools, bars, and restaurants have been closed. Gatherings of more than 100 people are banned. How that ban will affect political rallies in the run-up to the 23rd June election remains unclear.
The BBC reported that on 29th April, President Peter Mutharika announced an emergency cash transfer programme for the people worst affected by Covid-19. Eligible households will receive a monthly payment of 35,000 Malawian kwacha ($47; £38) by mobile cash transfer starting in May.
PPE arrives at St Lukes
Health education poster
The UK Department for International Development has provided £1.8 million to UNICEF Malawi, the International Monetary Fund will give US$150 million and the World Bank announced a $37million grant to strengthen Malawi’s capacity to meet the outbreak.
Oh Yes they did
Each Christmas the boys in year 7 at Loughborough Grammar School put on a pantomime. At the end of the pantomime a collection was made for MACS, to pay school fees for students in Malawi who would otherwise be unable to attend Secondary School.
For the last three years the pupils of year 7 have been supporting students at Nkope Day Secondary School..
The photo shows Head of Year 7 Mr Jeremy Parton handing a cheque for £740 to MACS Trustee Richard Davies
Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway
Thank you to the entire Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway for their generous support of the theatre project which is now fully funded and nearing completion.
Alistair Watson, who spearheaded the appeal on behalf of MACS, is seen here receiving the cheque for £11,206.91.
Click link below to go the the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway website for more details.
Macobo food aid distribuition
Henry Chikakuda and volunteers from the Malosa Community Based Organisation (MACOBO) give ongoing practical support to many housebound and vulnerable families in the surrounding villages. Last year's floods resulted in serious food scarcity so Henry sought and received sufficient funds from MACS to provide maize and soya pieces of chicken flavour to 162 people.
Click on the link beow to read Henry's report.