Help Hamilton help others in Malawi
This campaign is organized by friends of Hamilton's in the U.S., where the Internet is much more reliable! All funds will go directly to the Tidzalerana Club.
This is a carving Hamilton has made to represent the Tidzalerana Club.
Aug. 27: From Hamilton: "Thanks very much for the job well done. I have no word but keep praying to the almighty Lord. Disabled brothers and sisters are looking forward to own their land, and become more active and show out that God is amazing to them. Say thanks to those donating and may Almighty God bless them with long life."
Hamilton Banda is a Malawian carver — and a philanthropist. For years, he and his church have been running a home for disabled people in Ndirande, a high-density suburb of Blantyre, Malawi.
Hamilton recently started a support group, the Tidzalerana Club, for the parents and family members of the disabled residents. Disability carries a stigma in Malawi, with many of the parents suffering from accusations — and worse — that they did something wrong to end up with a disabled child.
The Tidzalerana Club, at the foot of Ndirande Mountain, currently has 150 members, with a waiting list of 15. Any transportation needed (hospital, supplies, funerals) has been provided by volunteers or by using Hamilton's truck for his carving business. Hamilton's truck needs repairs.
1 cylinder head = MK 350 000 ($755 USD)
1 battery = MK 70 000 ($150 USD)
1 insurance = MK 60 000 ($130 USD)
Total: MK 480 000 ($1,035 USD)
Meanwhile, the club has been meeting in a hall at a local Catholic church for free, but a new hall was recently built and the club has been asked to find a new meeting place.
Fees for renting space are exorbitant, so Hamilton and the Tidzalerana Club want to build their own space. First they must purchase land (MK 4,000,000/$10,000 USD). The club wants to own its own land so they'll be independent, plus have room for expansion, more services and meeting space. The club hopes to go from weekly to daily meetings and provide medical services in the new space, as well.
Here are examples of some of the carvings Hamilton has offered as rewards for giving. Thank you Hamilton and thank you friends!
Small animal ($200 donation)
Larger animal ($500 donation)
Noah's Ark ($1,000 donation)
I just heard from Hamilton and things are progressing! The land has been leveled (thanks for all your contributions on that) and he is now in the permitting phase.
If you've ever had a construction project, or even a remodeling project, you know it goes slower than planned and costs more than planned. Things are the same the world over.
Right now, Hamilton needs $1,000. He has a "soft copy" of architectural drawings (attached) but needs a professional version to take to the City Assembly and then to a committee for board approval. He predicts this part of the process will cost $1K to get an approval-ready copy of the architectural plans.
The drawing shows the plan for the handicapped center, surrounded by a 60mX57m fence. There's a meeting hall, offices, classrooms and a rehabilitation center, and a room for septic tanks.
If you can help, please contact Hamilton via WhatsApp, Facebook (!) or email. You can wire the money via Western Union. Let me know if you need more information on how to do any of this.
Thanks for being such great friends to Hamilton.
Jodee Taylor (email@example.com)
Hamilton has made great strides in his project to have a center for people with disabilities to go to for support, friendship and fellowship.
The land has been purchased (.25 hectares) and cleared, with help from volunteers recruited by Dr. Karl Seydel. (There's a video!)
The next step was architectural drawings, also donated by a generous student. (See the drawings as well.)
Hamilton now needs to get the land level and flat so the actual construction can begin. He needs $400-$500 US to hire the machine. He has offered to make a custom carving for donors as a thank-you! We think the best way to get the money to him at this point is via Western Union (unless you know someone who's in Blantyre or headed that way soon). Contact Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org or with WhatsApp at +265 88 425 9959.
Hamilton also sent a picture of some happy club members.
Thank you in advance. You can also contact me, Jodee Taylor, at email@example.com if you have other questions.
Hamilton has the land. He got the final deed (attached) last week. The Tidzalerana Club now has a year to build. Meanwhile, Hamilton is still paying rent so the club has a place to meet (and organize events like the recent maize distribution to needy people - photo attached). He's trying to make ends meet and get together funds for the building, so if you'd like to help, feel free to email him directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also continue to donate via this site, of course, and we will get the money to him ASAP.
Thanks again for all your help in purchasing the land. It was a huge achievement and, as always, there is still more work to be done.
There's a little news from Hamilton about progress on the Tidzalerana Club. It is moving forward, but on Malawi time, of course!
"We had applied for land through Malawi Housing Corporation to sell us land for construction of our own infrastructure and we have been told to link with the Ministry of Lands.
"The officers came to do sketch mapping and were are waiting to continue with the procedure of paying for lease land and sort out with the land cares. This then we are to consider plans and construction."
Thanks again for all your help with this project and rest assured it is moving forward. — Jodee Taylor