Building Malawi

We are a small, UK based charity committed to improving opportunities for children in Malawi. Contact Building Malawi here.  

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!)


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Africa School Charity

Building Malawi began life in 1988. We were part of a team that arranged a fundraising tour around Britain to raise enough money to build 6 classrooms in Malawi 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!

Malawi Development

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:

  1. We build educational and sports facilities.
  2. We partner with Play Football Malawi so they can run community sports coaching programmes that educate young Malawians about HIV/AIDS.
  3. We help volunteers visit and help our projects.


Best Charity to Donate to

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 10 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


 Des 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


Hundreds of Photos from Lingadzi Academy Now On Facebook!

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: 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: 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"]Kids at Lingadzi Academy earlier this year[/caption]


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