Medic Malawi is a young, small and dynamic charity whose slogan is “The Power of Giving”. It is transforming a very poor, large rural community in the seventh poorest country in the world, funding a hospital, orphanages, schools and feeding centre in work which has been described by the local Bishop as “a beacon project for the development of the whole country”.
Medic Malawi is special because it has no UK costs: it is run from a kitchen table in Shrewsbury by Stephen Drew, the husband of a member of our teaching staff, and so 'what we give is what they get’.
One of the charity's main purposes is to take people to Malawi itself to share life with the people of ‘The Warm Heart of Africa' and to learn from them. The first group of Shrewsbury students visited Malawi in 2012; they were deeply moved by both the need of the area and the achievements of the charity. The next Shrewsbury trip is planed for summer 2014.
Medic Malawi’s immediate aims include building a simple residential hostel to encourage girls' attendance at secondary school - the distances they travel can be huge; and an eye clinic to treat and prevent eye disease and blindness, which is an acute local problem.
The School’s Shrewsbury Marathon Team would be hugely grateful for as many donations as possible to support the work of Medic Malawi. Donations can be made via
www.justgiving.com/medicmalawi or email email@example.com
Some images from the Shrewsbury School visit to Malawi, summer 2012 (Photos by Andrew Spicer M LVI)