In January Moira Chimombo emailed her sister Tara Wright about a couple of youngsters in her husband's village, Kachere, near Zomba, in Malawi. John Kaliwo and Moreen Nkoma had got into secondary school but had no means of paying their fees. Sufficient funds were raised to secure their secondary school education for the next 4 years and also to supply the 200 gogos of Kachere with a Christmas gift at the end of the year of sugar, soap, Vaseline and fertiliser.
Tara went out to Malawi to work-shadow Moira for 3 weeks. She was able to meet John and Moreen and also visit the gogos of Kachere who were delighted to show Tara the difference that the fertiliser had made to their crops. Tara had quite a shock when she discovered that SAFE had agreed to sponsor more students from Kachere through secondary school as she knew there weren't sufficient funds back home to guarantee the education of these extra students. When she came back to UK, Paul Martin, a friend from St James' Church, Thorley, Bishop's Stortford, was able to help Tara set up a charity and Ross Gardiner, a sixth form student at the time at Bishop's Stortford College helped to develop the website and SAFE-UK was born. By December of that year SAFE-UK was registered as a charity and able to reclaim gift aid on donations. Tara was able to speak at school assemblies and also at church and now more than 20 young people are being sponsored through secondary school through SAFE-UK's sponsorship programme.
At Easter 2011, Tara visited Malawi again and SAFE-UK paid for the training of the teachers at Naming’azi Community Day Secondary School to attend a 4-day training in WHY WAIT? in which Tara was able to participate. On that occasion sufficient funds were raised so that each of the gogos of Kachere were able to be given a mosquito net. Sadly the mosquito nets had been stolen by the time Tara was to present them but the pupils of Sir Harry Johnson school in Zomba did a sponsored swim and the mosquito nets were bought.
Easter 2012 saw Tara return to Malawi with her son Jon, and his fiancée, Holly. This time each gogo in Kachere was given a blanket by SAFE-UK. When they visited Kachere for the blanket distribution, they became aware that one of the CBCCs in Kachere was meeting outside under a tree. When Jon returned to UK, he told the story at work and he was encouraged to write a proposal and apply for funding for the building of Nsungwi CBCC which was opened in 2014. Holly became aware that many of the primary school children were dropping out of school due to a simple lack of underwear and the Need for knickers campaign was born. In October of the same year Tara came out to Malawi again with Chris and Ginny Woodhouse, the deputy head and his wife, from Bishop's Stortford College. A contact was established for starting training in Farming God's Way
Moira came over to UK for the birth of her daughter's first baby. Moira and Tara were able to work on the SAFE-UK database. Tara was able to make progress on putting content on the website and establish writing twice-yearly newsletters and monthly prayer updates.
Tara returned to Malawi for her 5th trip since 2010. Nsungwi CBCC was opened and Tara was able to buy playground equipment and furniture. A homework club was started at Kapitikusya for the form 2 and form students from Naming'azi. She was able to visit Kachere when the training in Farming God's way was taking place and meet Dennis Kayambazinthu, former minister of forestry, about starting a bamboo project in Kachere. She was also able to establish contact with Tearfund about possible gap year opportunities and meet two of the SAFE-Africa visitors from the US.
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