Malawi Education Link(MEL)

Malawi Education Link(MEL)

Charity information

Malawi Education Link(MEL)

MEL, founded in1997, assists poor, remote communities in Central Malawi to build primary school classrooms and teachers' houses so that children can go to school and start their journey out of poverty.

Founded 1997

  • Mission statement

    MEL was founded by Caroline Hansford MBE, a teacher with experience of working in Malawi. She was determined to do something about the extreme poverty in rural communities with no provision for children to go to school.
    Caroline returned to the UK to teach and in 1997 created Malawi Education Link between her UK students and Malawi’s rural poor.
    From 1997 till 2012, Caroline with adult group leaders took teams of students from her school to spend a month in Ngala during July or August at their own expense. In addition all volunteers raised the funds for MEL to assist rural communities to build primary school classrooms and a teacher’s house (teacher paid by the Govt. )
    Funds raised averaged £15,000 to £20,000 annually.
    To date, MEL has built 33 double classroom blocks;17 teachers houses;6 office/store blocks; 4 latrine blocks, and refurbished existing poor quality classrooms by limewashing. Students carried out work where appropriate.
    All MEL projects are self help, ensuring sustainability. The communities make the bricks for their school and MEL pays for cement, tin for roofs and labour which communities cannot afford.
    MEL is a registered NGO.
    It is directed by Caroline Hansford MBE, supported by 6 UK, dedicated trustees/fundraisers, all volunteers.
    Caroline retired from teaching in 2012 and MEL lost its funding from her students. 2013 projects continue on much reduced funds.
    MEL must continue and is exploring on-line funding. Please help.
    malawieducationlink. Co. Uk

  • Aims

    Malawi Education Link(MEL) aims to:

    • Continue building much needed primary school classrooms as well as maintaining existing buildings.
    • Build and renovate clinics and other community buildings.
    • Encourage adult volunteers to come to Malawi to help with projects and involve themselves with local communities and strengthen links between Malawi and UK.
    • Continue to collect donated teaching and learning materials, sports and medical resources and distribute to local schools, teacher development centres, hospitals and clinics.
  • Overview

    Established: August 1997

    Registered Charity Number: 1108460

    Board members: 6

    Volunteers: 6

    Phone number: 01778 570130

    Address: 3 Laburnum DriveHanthorpeBourne PE10 0RF

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