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Sewing in Sitima Malawi

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I'm travelling to Sitima, Malawi to spend two weeks supporting my long time friend Marian Kearney  in her on-going work in the area.

Marian spent 2018 living in the village, where a house for volunteers from the charity Network for a Better World  stay. This trip for Marian is to catch up with headteachers and continue the work she did last year. We'll be spending time learning and listening as well as supporting and encouraging in whatever way we can.

Each week a  women's group  meet in the training room to sew, by hand, and have been learning new skills since the group started. I'd like to raise money for them to buy fabric and materials which they can use for making simple clothes, and bags. I've already found my unfinished patchwork projects from before I left home, to see what I can create to show them. It's good to be creating again, and helping others to use simple skills to make useful items.

I'll also be taking a suitcase full of clothing for the community to distribute to those who need it. I've probably already got enough from friends locally to fill this! Thank you :-)

My costs will be minimal, as the priests will collect us from the airport (I'd like to contribute to the petrol costs though) & our meals, washing and cleaning costs will be about £50 a week. The visa for entry is $75. I want to ensure I can contribute to the local economy during my stay, and leave money to support the women continue to develop their skills. Marian says that fabric is easy to get hold of locally, which sounds like it could be fun :-)

I'm excited and delighted that Marian asked me to go. I leave on 25th June 2019.
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Final day in Malawi for me for this trip. I've started something here in Sitima Parish which will be continued with other volunteers and materials you've kindly donated to. Once home I'll be reviewing what we've achieved so far and what we hope to continue in the future.

My abiding memory is of the smiling faces of children all around me. Wherever we went we were followed, led, touched and talked to. This group were on the island of Chisi in Lake Chilma.

The girl with the pole was using it to mill maize & was very proud of her skill and achievement. Children like her have inspired me to continue what I've started & continue to support the work of Network for a Better World.

Thank you for your support which has made this project have such a great start.
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Visited Chisi island today which took an hour and half via the 'water taxi'. It was beautiful with such welcoming people.

The community are much poorer here & were hit hard in the weather earlier this year. This village is over 6km from the main school. They'd love to have a school room in the village & a house for the teacher. There'll need to be some fundraising for this.
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We visited one of the local nurseries today. Each child has to be paid for. Only primary education is free in Malawi.

What a lovely happy confident group these are! Their English understanding is very good.

Today's sewing class was 7 new children. Yesterdays group returned in the hope to do more! It's so difficult to turn keen children away. Pleased they've enjoyed learning :-)
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Today our first group of 12 completed their bags & left us to practice by themselves.

With kind donations they've each got a needle and a few pins in their home sewn needle case & a small roll of thread.

I was delighted that they asked to come back tomorrow & wanted to learn how to make a t-shirt. I explained we're helping new children to learn to sew tomorrow & maybe next time we'll show them how to make a top. It's been a worthwhile few days inspiring this small group to make things by sewing. Thank you for your support :-)
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