Shine Relief Trust was established in 2008 by a group of UK and Malawian Christians with a heart to seek justice for the poor and to see renewed hope and vitality brought to the rural communities of Malawi.
Shine Malawi works in the Traditional Authority (TA) Kuntumanji in Zomba District.
The project area was chosen after a situation analysis revealed a high need for a relief project to support orphans and vulnerable children.
The programme led by Suzen Zidana and her husband Hastings Zidana and 6 Trustees, 5 of whom are Malawian nationals, is founded on the good news which Jesus Christ came to bring. Together with our strong staff team of 13 and local volunteers, we serve the community and deliver vital support through CBO’s, local schools and Shine’s Resource Centre. Established in 2014, the center provides children’s programs from 2-18 years, access to health checkups and various training opportunities. Food, clothing and emergency support is also made available to the most vulnerable families highlighted to us through local chiefs, pastors or social welfare.
In 2016 a church congregation was established and has been based at Shine Village center, meeting 3-4 times a week. “Shine Assembly” currently has 73 members from the local villages.
Shine Relief’s overriding belief is that “help begins by understanding African culture and not by imposing westernized culture.” Our project started by listening to the local people as they told us what they want to do and what we can do not for them, but with them. Shine Relief has continued to listen to feedback from the community and we have ensured projects at Shine Village, and across the region are delivered by local people. Chief Chilambe is a keen volunteer at Shine Village providing insight and advise. He is always involved in planning new activities and sits on our Children’s Home committee along with representatives from the community, social welfare and Child Protection. This works very well.
SRTUK fundraising office in Hull, UK, works to encourage individuals, churches, schools and local businesses to invest in the vital work of Shine Relief Malawi which is impacting the area.
SRTUK monitors and evaluates the project with Shine Relief Malawi and more recently Shine Relief New Zealand Regular reports, skype calls and annual visits to Malawi, which are self-funded as much as possible, provide an opportunity for ongoing discussion and feedback.
The organisation receives no funding from the government, so the income is received from regular donors, through various fundraising activities and grants given by Trusts.