We are a small, new UK based charity committed to improving opportunities for children in Malawi. Contact Building Malawi here. We have developed from the charity called Building Futures in Malawi, through which we have built 2 libraries and secondary schools in Lilongwe, Malawi and have gained a great deal of experience throughout these ventures.
What is great about us is that we focus on infrastructure. We build the school and library buildings and hand them over to local groups to run. That way the schools and libraries are not dependant on regular support from us (they fund themselves) and we can show people that donate to us very clearly where your money goes (we can literally point at the building you helped to fund!)
People like you make this possible. Please help us! Free things you can do right away that really help us:
Follow @BuildingFutures on Twitter
Building Malawi began life in 1988 Malawian Pastor Booker Banda visited the UK. Booker was planning to build a secondary school within his church compound in Lilongwe, Malawi. We were keen to help. We were part of the team that arranged a fundraising tour around Britain. Over the following years we raised enough money to build 6 classrooms and Falls secondary School was built. We then took that experience on to build more...
Since then Building Malawi has built upon the success of this school added a library at each of these schools and these libraries have been incredibly well received. The Library at Falls School receives 70,000 visits per year!
We have found that projects like Falls Secondary School take a long time to develop. We invest a lot of time into everything that we do and we set firm foundations to ensure that the work we do is long lasting. We strive to ensure that the libraries, schools and sports coaching activities that we are involved with contribute toward development in Malawi. We try and tackle the issue of Malawi development in the following ways:
We strive to be the best charity to donate money to by ensuring that 100% of the money that you donate goes to our projects. We also ensure that we maximise the effectiveness of the money that you donate by investing the majority of the funds into sustainable projects. For example our schools are run by Malawians and they are self funding.
This means that we only spend money on the buildings. This means that you can see exactly where your money goes and more importantly it means that they are not dependent on money from us to survive. In fact we have not given a single penny to Falls School for seven years and it continues to run extremely effectively!
"To look is one thing. To see what you look at another. To understand what you see is a third. To learn from what you understand is something else. But to act on what you learn is all that really matters!'
- Benjamin Puckett
The Building Malawi Team
It is also important to mention that we have no paid staff in the UK. Instead we have a dedicated team of people that offer their expertise for free. Our committee are all self-funded and cover the costs of travel to and from meetings and trips to Malawi out of their own pocket. We believe strongly that your donation should go to the cause!
Let me introduce you:
Project Manager - Tom Bowden
We are always looking for committed people to join our team and would welcome anyone that would like to become a committee member to contact us. Thanks!
You can see our registration with the Charity Commission Here
Friday 14th December 2012
Hi everyone, Building Malawi has been extremely fortunate to welcome many visitors and volunteers to Lingadzi Academy in Malawi. These wonderful folk have posted photos to our Facebook Page. Please check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/BuildingMalawi/photos_stream Be sure to like us on Facebook too! We would love it if you could visit Lingadzi Academy. We do not charge our volunteers. For more information check out our Volunteers page here: http://www.buildingmalawi.com/volunteer.html Best wishes from the entire team at Building Malawi! [caption id="attachment_103" align="alignnone" width="301" caption="Kids at Lingadzi Academy earlier this year"][/caption]
to find us!