As a charity organisation that provides care and support for orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi, we are delighted to be part of the Exeter Kindness Mural project celebrating generosity in the city. The idea is the brainchild of veteran artist Paul Colsell who aims to paint the largest Charlie Mackesy illustration yet on a highly visible wall in the city centre.
“What do you want to be when you grow up,” the mural will ask. With the answer, “Kind,” said the boy. The quote comes from the best selling illustrated book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy who has just won an Oscar for his animated film based on the book. It will be painted on the Crossline building which houses the Exeter Soup Kitchen and Choices Pregnancy Centre. Both charities will benefit from the Crowdfunding project as well as Kondanani UK.
Kondanani UK has been based in Exeter since 2013 when the biography of Kondanani Malawi founder, Annie Chikhwaza launched at Bridge Books. Entitled Mother of Malawi it is written by Exeter-based author and writer, Al Gibson who is secretary of Kondanani UK.
The partnership between Kondanani UK and the Exeter Kindness Project is a natural fit, as both share a common goal of improving the lives of others through acts of kindness and compassion. Kondanani UK has been working tirelessly since 2005 to provide a safe and loving home for orphans in Africa, and to ensure they have access to education, healthcare etc. We achieve this through our support of Kondanani Children’s Village which is also home to a Paediatric Hospital that benefits the community.
The Exeter Kindness Project, seeks to promote kindness and compassion in the local community by encouraging people to be kind. As part of the partnership, Kondanani UK and the Exeter Kindness Project aims to raise funds to create the mural, provide meals for the homeless people in the city and raise support for counselling services to people dealing with pregnancy related issues. The children of Kondanani Children’s Village will also benefit.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Exeter Kindness Project,” said Jane Gebbie, Chairperson of Kondanani UK. “It’s an exciting initiative that we are sure many people will find truly inspiring. Through our joint efforts we believe we can make an impact on people’s lives both in Exeter as well as in the lives of children and families in Malawi.”
The Exeter Kindness Project is equally excited about the partnership, and sees it as an opportunity to expand its reach and impact. “We are delighted to be partnering with Kondanani UK,” said Paul Colsell who will paint the mural. “Their work in Malawi is truly remarkable, and we are excited to be able to support them in any way we can. We believe that together we can make a real difference both locally and internationally.”
The partnership between Kondanani UK and the Exeter Kindness Project is a testament to the power of collaboration and community-based initiatives. We are are committed to making the world a kinder, more compassionate place, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact that we will have together. To learn more about the Exeter Kindness Project visit www.exeterkindness.co.uk.
Please consider giving a donation of any amount to the project. Visit the Exeter Kindness Crowdfunder page.