Quarterly Charity Support: April – June 2017
For over fifty years the Diocese of Birmingham has fostered links with the four Anglican dioceses of Malawi, a very small, land-locked African country, often called ‘the Warm Heart of Africa’. Birmingham diocese has particularly helped with clergy stipends, as well as having specific projects, such as providing some years ago over 60 motorcycles for the clergy to get around their enormous outlying rural parishes.
There is very little industry, with most of the population being involved in subsistence agriculture. Malawi exports tea, tobacco, sugar, cotton, coffee, peanuts and wood products. Schools can have up to 80 children in a class, while hospitals are under-resourced and under-staffed. Its people are desperately poor, with many children orphaned by parents dying from AIDS; it has one of the worst death rates in the world from malaria, a high maternal mortality rate, and a life expectancy of no more than 52.
80% of the population are Christian, with the majority of the rest Muslim. Birmingham Diocese is sending out another container in June. In the meantime, please do support our practical aid to these people, so deserving of our care, with financial donations – and with your prayers.
More information on the Malawi Partnership, together for video and other resources for home groups and schools can be found here: