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.
MALAWI PROJECT REPORT 2010-11
The Shine Relief Project is working in Traditional Authority (TA) Kuntumanje 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 out of 4 TA’s (Chikowi, Mwambo, Mlumbe and Malemia). The situation analysis was carried out by the District commissioner’s office on behalf of Shine Relief Project in July, 2009. After all preparations and consultations were done following up the results of the situation analysis the Shine Relief Project started its work in March, 2010.
The activities which have been done so far the month of February, 2011.
The following activities were conducted in the month:
- Consultative meeting
- House hold visitation
- Purchase of feeding materials
- Meeting with secondary students and fees
- Groceries for needy children
- Meeting head teachers
- Follow up in feeding centres
In the month of February Shine International participated in a consultative meeting in which all stakeholders that are doing community and development activities in TA Kuntumanje shared ideas and report the type of activities that are rendered in the area. The gathering also shared the challenges and success that are facing as an NGO. The purpose of sharing ideas makes the NGO to learn from others, avoid duplication of resources to individual community and sharing of the catchment area according that is not target to. The numbers of stake holders that participated in the meeting were as follows: Emmanuel International, WALA project, Shine Relief, Hunger Project, ERAD, IDASA, Community Based Organisation (CBO), Village heads and Government personnel. After the consultative meeting the gathering made plan of action for the three months.
HOUSE HOLD VISITATION
Shine Relief project Director visited two households for Wonderful Yasin and Hawa Mustafa in which she comforted the physical challenged woman who lost her child and encouraged to visit the CBO centres so that she can benefited from the feeding programme especially that assist malnourished children within the village at household level. The project assisted the house hold with assorted groceries that will sustain their needs. The project managed to assist Wonderful Yasin who was very sick was helped with transport to Malosa hospital where he was admitted at the intensive care and he was on oxygen machine for a day. After five days in the hospital he was discharged and he will go for review in the infection of the ear and coughing. As of today the affected house hold and the community appreciate for the assistance from shine which came in right time of need.
PURCHASE OF FEEDING MATERIALS
On 7th February the project procured assorted items that were distributed to two CBOs in the group village headman. To sustain the feeding program the community participate in mobilizing local resource so that fire wood and actual cooking whilst the project assisted with: cooking pots, spoons, cups, plates, washing basin, mats and pails. Parents benefit from the Health education from HSAs that shares some of the sign and symptoms of diseases or malnutrition.
Due to an increase in the number of orphans and vulnerable children being registered to both CBO centres, the project supported them with mats to be used on the floor. This helped to reduce the dusty conditions in the rooms and prevent occurrences of chest infections
MEETING WITH STUDENTS AND FEES
On 10th February the project organised a meeting with 10 secondary school students who receive special assistance of school fees for three terms in 2011 from the Shine Project. During the meeting students shared some experiences that affect their education like shortage of school materials, poverty and inadequate numbers of teachers. The project Director shared about the importance of education and insisted that students should at least work extra hard in order to achieve their goal which is to pass final examination. She also assisted in career guidance that students should work extra hard in all subjects with an aim to achieve the purpose in future. The impact of school fees takes time to show some fruits like fruit tree. Another interesting story is that a single parent insisting the project that her child should be targeted on school fees with an aim to fulfil her ambition, the child is very intelligent and needy according to bursary policy the child need assistance.
MEETING WITH THE HEADTEACHER
The project meet the head teacher to discuss issues with the school students who benefit from the Shine Relief Project on school fees and better criteria for the vulnerable child to benefit from school fees. The bursary policy should assist the needy and intelligent students. During the discussion agreed that all children on Shine Relief project bursary the head teacher should be sending a progress report to project so that the project should know the performance of their children. In this discussions with the TA Kuntumanje and the head teacher recommended the vulnerable secondary students to be targeted with school fees. School, Shine Relief Project agreed to support these children. Shine Relief also supported the secondary children school materials.