Project information

Building Classrooms 2016

Classrooms for Malawi are supporting Goal 4 of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development ie Quality Education. In July 2016 a team of volunteers will travel to South West Malawi in sub-Saharan Africa to build a 3 classroom block in partnership with the local community.

September 2015 - September 2016

Charity information: Classrooms for Malawi

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  • Need


    In January 2015 South West Malawi suffered severe flooding which resulted in the President declaring a state of emergency. Classrooms for Malawi has chosen to focus their efforts in this area in 2016. The problem is a lack of classrooms. Classes are regularly held outdoors under trees or at the side of a classroom block. During the rainy season children are sent home.


    Obtaining a Quality Education is the foundation to improving people's lives and sustainable development. By building and refurbishing classrooms we will provide a quality learning environment for a local community. This will address the damage caused by the recent flooding. It will also address increased enrolment where there are insufficient classrooms. The classrooms will be available for adult and community learning outwith normal schools hours.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a Quality Learning Environment by building a classrooms to allow children to taught inside.


    » A team of volunteers will go to Malawi in July 2016 to work with local builders to build a 3 classroom block. We also work with the local community.

    What success will look like

    By the end of September 2016 we will have built a 3 classroom block to the required standard. These classrooms will be occupied by local children when schools resume in September

  • Impact


    By providing a quality learning environment the local community can send their children to school. Success will be increased attendance and improvement in exam results. Previously classes were taught outdoors and children sent home during the rainy season with children missing out on being educated. Short term demonstration will be increased class sizes due to new look classes indoors. Long term will be an increased number of pupils attending secondary. Regular updates provided by head teacher.


    Volunteers dropping out: CfM have a waiting list in the event of a team member dropping out. If a team member cannot travel due to sickness/death they are covered by a specialist travel insurance.


    Regular updates via email or any other preferred method. Classrooms for Malawi already have their own website -
    You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £27,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,800 Substructure Foundation using cement which is one of the most expenive materials.
      £5,760 Roof trusses and perspex sheet Roof sheeting allows light to flood into the classrooms.
      £4,480 External and internal walls Burnt brick made locally.lly
      £2,560 Windows and doors Made locally
      £1,640 Floor finishes Good floor finish is very important as children sit on the floor while lessons are being delivered.
      £2,840 Wall finishes Includes plaster, lime, emulsion and gloss paint as well as blackboards.
      £1,920 External works Walkways, steps, rain channels.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    CfM 2016 Team £6,750 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is in Lirangwe, Blantyre, South West Malawi, a sub Saharan country. The school is rural and found north of Blantyre, the commercial capital of Malawi. It has 11 indoor classrooms as well as 11 outdoor classrooms. when Mary's Meals built a kitchen at the school in 2013 the roll was much smaller. It now has a school roll of 2,239 and is struggling to educate the children due to lack of classrooms.


    Children will benefit by increasing the number of classrooms. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. CfM believes that the only sustainable route out of poverty is education. Lirangwe Pr desperately requires 11 other classrooms and we are working to provide 3 of them. We want to put an end to children being sent home during the rainy months because they do not have indoor classrooms. The extra classrooms will benefit approx 300 children each day as average class size is 100.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    CfM has been a registered charity since 2013. During this period we have built and refurbished more than 70 classrooms. We build and refurbish classrooms by working with volunteers, schools, businesses, local authorities and other charities. We are all volunteers (no paid staff) . We operate with minimal costs. Virtually every £ donated to us goes towards our building projects. By using local builders we help provide employment and do not make final payment until we are satisfied with the build.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tony Begley

    Tony is our Charity Co-ordinator. He visits Malawi approx. 3 times a year to source projects, check on builds and liaise with education authorities.

Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela