Shine Children’s Home at Shine Village


Stove ready for use- watch out little kitten!
Kitchen and storage with showers and toilets.
Covered cooking and food preparation areas.










Thanks to a second grant from The Saga Charitable Trust and funds raised by Jubilee Church Hull we were able to complete all the renovations needed after storms caused damage to our Children’s home in January 2018. 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.

Trustees visiting in August 2018 were overjoyed to find lots of running hot water to showers and sinks and also to see our LED lights illuminating each room and electric sockets all working.

Thank you to everyone who helped through your kind donations.

Our first eight residents who moved in at the end of September 2018 and are settling in really well.








Mbedza stove project

Stoves will help keep Shine’s running costs low 

This project provides the following benefits:

1. A stove built by an experienced stove building team.

2. Training to learn how to use the stove.

3. Reduced wood consumption of 65% saving trees.

4. The stove cooks more efficiently and quicker. It is also a cleaner form of cooking reducing the time needed to clean pots.

5. It is a safer form of cooking than traditional methods resulting in a huge reduction in burns and injuries.

6. The monetary saving is around £40 for a family in a year because of reduced firewood costs. It will be more for larger stoves

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.

List of funding received from Trusts and local businesses

Development of Shine Village on youtube click here.

beit visit

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


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Mr Kalelo, Chief Chilambe and Mr Lazar
Septic tank
Visit by Social Welfare Department September 2017





playground 2
Uk volunteers helping with the construction of the playground
First time on a slide!









Eggs and books!  

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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.

FOOD CRISIS update here

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

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Iron sheets and new conde!                                                                                                              

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.