In 2016 we brought an idea to the locals. To use the leaves of a locally grown tree, the Moringa Oleifera, to try and provide an extra source of nourishment to the children. We planted some trees on the Campus that summer and over the following 12 months received updates on their growth.
In summer 2017, the idea grew further. We were able to pick Moringa leaves, dry them and crush them to a powder. This powder is often found for sale at local markets in Zomba. We experimented with a number of ways to try and introduce Moringa to the children’s diets.
After some refinement, the most popular with the children turned out to be adding Moringa powder to fruit smoothies created from produce on our farm and through Flapjacks.
Since last years summer school, the locals have begun to build further on this. They are now incorporating some Moringa powder in smoothies and flapjacks for the children as well as educating them in the growth, maintenance and harvesting of the tree.
The images above were received in January. The rains had arrived and for that one time each year, Zomba was green!
A wonderful newsletter compiled with some of the images & experiences of the last 12 months of Chifundo. Highlights include; the 2017 Summer School, sales of agricultural produce, volunteer testimonies and successful fundraising efforts. The centre page is a collage of images of the amazing children and volunteers, collected over the course of the 2017 Summer School.
Click below to see the newsletter. (Note: The newsletter as it appears is set up to print for your convenience)
Chifundo Newsletter 2017
Winners Alright: The Annual Chifundo Golf event was another roaring success. This is thanks in no small part to our loyal band of supporters who once again came out in force for a great cause. We were blessed with great golf and fine weather.
The day was made extra special when we were joined by some of this year’s volunteers who brought us the the latest news from Malawi. Their stories are an inspiration but it is your generosity that makes this all possible.
Big thank you to Cara and all at Jolly Phonics Learning for their box of goodies which we will be bringing with us all the way to Malawi! Jolly Phonics is great for teaching children to blend their sounds and then end up reading fluently 🙂 Some of the teachers coming with us have used Jolly Phonics before and are delighted to be getting so much sponsored which will make learning so fun for the children! Click here to visit the Jolly Phonics website
Chifundo is now on Instagram & over the coming weeks, we will be adding some of the incredible images which we have gathered over the years. We will also be uploading photos as they happen on our upcoming summer trips. To follow the journey, simply click the link below & follow Chifundo.
Click here to visit te Chifundo Instagram page
A huge thank you to Freddy who created this incredible video on Chifundo. Give it a look!!!
As always, we thank all our donors & everyone who has contributed to Chifundo down through the years. We hope that with your continued support we will continue together to have an impact on the lives of some of the poorest children in the world.
Summer School 2017
With not long now until the 2 groups of volunteers descend on the Chifundo Campus for the 4 week long Summer School, its time for a reminder of one of the highlights of our trip last year.
The sports day saw the first time the children had experienced the traditional Irish Schools Sports Day! Enjoyed by All.
Sprints, backwards races, a slightly modified egg & spoon race as well as 3 legged races provided endless entertainment for us & enjoyment for the kids!