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 in Malawi
The virus arrived relatively late in Malawi with the first three cases reported on 2nd April. Ten months later the UN reported that, from over 75,000 tests, 6,047 had proved positive with 185 just deaths, 76% of these deaths being amongst men.
The relatively slow appearance of the virus gave MACS time to provide 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 helped towards the loss of income from student fees when the government closed all educational institutions, leaving them with no means of paying the wages of support staff or charges for electricity and water. To the Anglican hospitals which, of course, remained open there was £6,000 sent to pay for handwashing facilities, cleaning materials and PPE for St Luke’s and its eight health centres, St Martin’s Community Hospital and St Anne’s Nkhotakota and its three health centres.
Pupil at Bishop Mtekateka Secondary School using handwashing equipment
It has been reported that many families, faced with financial hardship created by the Covid emergency, have been tempted to arrange marriages for their teenage daughters, thus relieving the family of the responsibility for school fees. The Ministry of Gender Community Development and Social Welfare reports that over 13,000 cases of child marriages and 40,000 cases of teen pregnancies have been registered during the emergency. In the face of this situation MACS has maintained its support for girls’ education at St Michael’s Girls’ Secondary School, Malindi, at Malosa Secondary School and at Bishop Mtekateka Secondary School – as well as at Community Day Secondary Schools at Nkope and M’mangas at a total cost of almost £20,000 a year. It was a great encouragement when we heard that all 30 girls whom we supported were back at school when education resumed in October.
Pupils and Headmistress Rose Chikhambi wearing PPE purchased with MACS grant.
Covid Committee at St Anne's Hospital, Nkhota Kota
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.