September Update – Children’s home repairs
Thanks to funds raised by Jubilee Church Hull and a second grant from The Saga Charitable Trust we were able to complete all the renovations needed after storms caused widespread damage to our Children’s home. Every room was repainted after the new roof was fitted and repairs made to the solar system, wiring, and plumbing. We also fitted the Rocket Stoves with a new canopy. The stoves are now in daily use. It was a joy to test the taps and showers and find lots of running hot and cold water and also to see the lights and electric sockets all working. Thank you to everyone who helped through your kind donations.
Our first eight residents moved in at the end of September 2018 and are settling in really well.
List of funding received from Trusts and local businesses
As the level of child poverty is catastrophically high in our area, local Chiefs and community leaders are asking for more support to care for the most vulnerable child-headed families in their areas.
Thanks to generous grants received from The Beit Trust and Saga Charitable Trust the foundations for the house were dug early June 2016 and shortly after the septic tank and pipework was laid. The building work was completed in Spring 2017. Items to be used in the home which includes bedding donated by the Fireside Quilters – East Yorkshire (Myra Autherson) were taken over by our trustees in 2016.
Social Welfare officer Mr Kalelo visited the project after the devastating 2015 floods which saw children hundreds of families identified for emergency relief across the area. Shine Relief Trust was commended for the implementation of various projects geared at mitigating the suffering of orphans and vulnerable children in the impact areas. Mr Kalelo was particularly impressed with the holistic approach that Shine envisions and has taken, for its support project for children. He mentioned that if the project is successfully completed, this will be the first of its kind in Zomba district and will become a role model for future programming by other NGOs.
” We were glad to see the opening of the centre last year which has fostered community involvement and participation. In the future, this will mean children accommodated at Shine Village will not be isolated from the community which of course is so important. The government greatly appreciate these efforts as it understands that there are thousands of orphans in need of help.” Mr Kalelo
Shine Malawi welcomed Mayeso Lazaro, a PhD student from Hull University, who arrived at Shine office amidst January 2016 storms. Mayeso spent 9 months conducting research in Shine Relief’s project area and worked with our team and the Director to evaluate our work.
Eggs and books!
In 2016 Malawi suffered severe droughts which have led to famine and food shortages right across the southern region. Kuntumanji district has been affected and the impact is being felt at Shine Village as more children are coming to receive food. Our Early Years Group needed to support a growing number of young children from the local area due to the lack of resources; with fewer volunteers and centers used to teach the children in poor condition, Shine has taken in more and more children every day.
Shine supplies porridge and fruit daily to between 250-350 children, many of whom have no other meal. Shine Egg Project provides approx 200 eggs each week.
Shine book club. 800 books donated by Jubilee Church Hull, Zion and Newland United Reformed Church Cottingham, York Vineyard, Hull Vineyard Little Fishes Group, Kwagala and Archbishop Sentamu Academy were transported by Dr Elsbeth Robson and her student team from Hull University. Donations are being sorted ready to be used by the Early Years and student groups
CHF project – home repairs. Although we have had requests for assistance from many families since the floods, we have remained committed to the families currently in our care who are the most vulnerable in the area, ensuring we do not spread ourselves too thinly. Agnes happily spent two weeks sleeping in an outdoor kitchen with her Grandmother whilst we carried out repairs needed to their home. With an iron roof, this home is guaranteed to stand against the ever-turbulent weather affecting more of Malawi every year. Agnes Grandma is over the moon with this support as she had been very concerned about her home collapsing in the bad weather hitting her village.