The secretary of Kondanani UK, Jane Gebbie, based in Scotland, shares the latest news from the Kondanani Children’s Village in Malawi which we support from the British Isles.
Remembering Cherie Martin
During the second spike of Covid19 infections in Malawi earlier this year, there were several cases in the children and missionaries that live in Kondanani Children’s Village. We are incredibly sad to report that Cherie Martin, who lived at Kondanani with her daughter Tandazi for many years, and was Annie’s faithful deputy, developed severe pneumonia due to Covid19 and passed away in February.
Cherie was an amazing woman of God who will be greatly missed. We thank God for her and grieve with Kondanani for their loss. Cherie was buried on the grounds at Kondanani, a fitting tribute to the love of her Kondanani family.
The funeral was recorded and can be watched below. It includes beautiful tributes from Tandazi and others who live at Kondanani. It is very uplifting to see the maturity and love of these young men and women.
Thankfully, the others at Kondanani who contracted covid 19, including Annie Chikhwaza, are recovering well. We are very grateful that medical and nursing care was available, which is not always the case for those who contract Covid19 in Malawi.
The Esther Meyer Memorial Children’s Hospital
We have good news about the Esther Meyer Memorial Children’s Hospital at Kondanani for children under 5 years old. The Hospital is registered, staff are being hired and a nurse has come from the Netherlands to help the hospital provide medical care to the youngest local children. Everything will soon be in place for the Hospital to open its doors.
Please keep in touch with developments at the Hospital on the Kondanani facebook page where you will also see more photos and videos of the Kondanani children like these smiling boys in front of the Hospital.
Lockdown in Malawi has meant that schools, colleges and universities have been closed much of the last year. Thankfully, these are now starting to open again. For some of the older children this means that they will resume or begin their tertiary education in Malawi in the coming months. They are an inspiring example to their younger brothers and sisters.
Please pray with us for all the children, missionaries and staff at Kondanani.
A new year, a new maize harvest
Today we launch our “Food 2021” appeal alongside our sister charity, Kondanani Germany. The maize harvest will take place at the end of this month and this is the best time to buy this staple food. We hope to have funds for Kondanani to buy enough maize for the next year, and to buy other staples if possible, such as dried soya protein and dried peas. There are two shipping containers at Kondanani that can be used to safely store the dried food. One of the containers was sent by Kondanani UK to Malawi a couple of years ago full of donations for the children and the Esther Meyer Memorial hospital. It is great to see that it is continuing to be useful!
If you or your friends and family wish to donate to the “Food 2021” appeal, you can do so by bank transfer to the Kondanani UK bank account. Please contact email@example.com for details.
Alternatively, please go to our Just Giving donation page. You can include a message that identifies your donation as “Food 2021”. Thank you!
Other donations to Kondanani Children’s Village
Kondanani UK is set up as participating charity in for AmazonSmile. If you use AmazonSmile in place of the normal Amazon website and choose Kondanani UK as your preferred charity, then Amazon will donate money to Kondanani every time that you buy something on Amazon. This is at no cost to you!
The instructions from Amazon Smile are as follows: In order to browse or shop through AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organisation at smile.amazon.co.uk. To shop at AmazonSmile, simply return to smile.amazon.co.uk or activate AmazonSmile on your Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone (found under ‘settings’ on your app once you have selected a charity for the first time via a web browser). If you need any help setting this up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you choose Kondanani as your favourite charity on PayPal, you can donate without fees, PayPal will cover the full cost. See www.PayPal.com to find out more. You can also add gift-aid to your donation via this means and decide whether you want your donation to be named or anonymous.
Also, every time you pay for something using PayPal you will be given the option to donate to Kondanani. Even a pound or two will make a big difference in Malawi!
Sponsorship of a specific child at Kondanani is available and over the years the children have greatly enjoyed getting to know their sponsors by letters and emails. Contact email@example.com if this opportunity interests you. The sponsorship donations are made via Stewardship which is a fantastic charity through which you can also make other one-off or regular donations to Kondanani.
If you are a UK tax-payer, giving permission to collect gift aid from the government leads to a significant increase in the value of your donations. Please consider giving this permission, either through Stewardship if you donate via their website, or through PayPal if you donate via their website, or through Kondanani-UK, or more than one of these options! Please print, complete and return this gift aid form to claim gift aid on the donations you make directly to us. Thank you.