Bandawe Village

 

Bandawe Village, June 2010. ‘Our first CBOC...’


The support you have given 3rd World Hope over the last year has made it possible for us to build our first 'CBCC' (Community Based Children’s Centre), Tiziwane, in Bandawe, Malawi. The Tiziwane CBCC is now home to 72 orphans. The name of the centre, ‘Tiziwane’ (meaning ‘know each other’) came about because we believe that it will be more than just an orphan care centre. It is a centre that will not only provide a safe refuge for the children, but with all the sustainable resources that are set up alongside it, it will develop and involve the whole community.

 

 

Orphan centre
 

 

Shaun workingSchool lessonChildren with wheelbarrow
 

Shaun Williams Founder and Principal Trustee of 3rd World Hope wrote in September 2010 about the Bandawe project:


‘After the amazing response to our fundraising events we hit our target of £11,000. On June 28th 2010 I flew out to Malawi. I arrived into the village excited to see everyone again but also very anxious as to how they had maintained the things which we had set up on our first project back in January 2009. My anxiety subsided in a matter of minutes. The whole community had come to welcome me back and took great pride in immediately showing me how they had not only maintained, but also developed it all. Motivated and proud, we began work on building the new centre straight away.

Our initial project in 2009 had been difficult. Trying to source the supplies we needed had been a constant struggle. I couldn't believe how this had all now changed in just one year. Lucky, Lumbani and Chimango - our project managers, had sourced contacts in pretty much every area we needed. From builders to transport, tools to materials, they had found it all. I knew, before we even laid our first brick, that this was going to be a huge success.

We employed local builders from the community and labourers from each family in the area to spread the income around as much as possible. Whilst the builders cracked on with the backbone of the project, we began working on the additional plans which would make the centre completely self-sufficient.


They now include:

  • Running water - digging a trench and laying pipe over 300m from its source.
  • Our own vegetable garden - to eradicate the problem of malnutrition.
  • Sports fields - for the children to play football, netball and volleyball.
  • 2 Toilet blocks - to help reduce the risk of cholera.
  • A Kitchen - for the committee to cook for the 72 orphans.

We also looked at how we could increase the income for the centre. Last year we set up a chicken farm with 100 chickens. This generated enough income to pay for the children to, not just get a primary education, but a full secondary education too, which is something that you have to pay for in Malawi. The farm was proving to work really well. They were on their fourth cycle of chickens and managing the feeds, vaccines and selling of eggs as a commercial business. We have now expanded to 500 chickens. This will generate enough income to not only fund the education, but will also allow the centre to run a clinic once a month where babies, children and adults can come for check-ups from local doctors and access health advice regarding HIV and Aids, Malaria and Cholera - some of the biggest killers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The money will also allow us to provide pre-school education for toddlers.

A committee of extremely dedicated women run the centre. Fifteen women to be exact. I questioned how much we would have to pay them to continue their invaluable work; the reply was a perfect example of the spirit of these people. Nothing! All they wanted in return for their services was a uniform. Something they said would give them respect in the community, a sense of belonging.

It is this community spirit that has made the centre such a success. The whole village has their part to play, and they play it with such devotion and care.

In addition to the building of the centre we were also able to help the local primary school, which many of our children use. This had been damaged in storms earlier in the year leaving them without a roof and therefore no shelter. Thanks to all those who helped us raise more than we needed for the centre, we were able to assist them here too. You have helped repair the roof on the school, build a further three toilet blocks (prior to this 590 students shared one), paint the classrooms and provide enough pens, pencils and notebooks for every student for the whole of the next academic year.

Having now successfully concluded our work with this particular community it is now time to move on. Leaving the community was an emotional goodbye. Over the past two years we have put all our efforts into raising the money to try and give these children something we believe should be every child’s right - the chance of a safe and protected upbringing - 'a childhood.'

This has only been possible because of the support we have received from friends, family and the public. I hope reading this you feel a sense of achievement and pride. Without each donation that we have received from you, the 72 orphans would still be fighting for their lives, drinking out of stagnant rivers and stuck in the endless cycle of poverty because they had no opportunity of an education. All that has now changed……
We are only a small charity but we will keep working to change things. One community at a time. Our family will continue to grow.

Thank you so much for getting involved.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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