Rachel Ormrod report

In September, Rachel Ormrod, joined the Starfish team in Malawi. Rachel is a primary school teacher who is here for 7 months to pilot a project designed to improve the fluency of Malawian teachers and support them in exploring effective ways to teach English as a foreign language. This will enable them to improve the English language skills and understanding of their pupils. From Standard 5, all lessons, apart from Chichewa, are taught in English so it is vital that pupils can understand English. Rachel is working with a group of 15 teachers from 5 schools.

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Rachel recently posted "Things are going well with the project: the Literacy Leaders have bonded well as a cross-school team. They have become increasingly confident and creative with trying out new things in their classrooms and the learners have really enjoyed the new activities.

The Literacy Leaders have shown great keenness to improve their own fluency and are keeping me on my toes with their questions! We have also just finished devising a unique bi-lingual letter-sound sheet with accompanying actions and a song, which we are excited to introduce to the learners.

I have been busy conducting lots of surveys and assessments to really get a clear picture of the needs in these schools. We have much to achieve, and would love it so much if anyone can offer support financially for resources to help with this long-term challenge.

Thanks for reading! Rach."

Bible Explorer - new presenters

I am very pleased to announce that we have two new Bible Explorer presenters in the Salima area -  Malinga Kasoliphetsa and Naomi Chibisa,  as pictured below.

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On  Friday, the 22nd of September, 2017,  Naomi received  her new bicycle from Wiseman Mussa (in the grey jacket) as  Atanazio Katambika (in the red jacket) looks on, at Thugulu School with the help of starfish Malawi.   She will be teaching Bible Explorer in the following Schools: Thugulu, Napache, Chimsolo and Chitipi.

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On the same day, Malinga (in black trousers)  also received his bicycle from Wiseman Mussa at Chipoka 2 School. He will be teaching Bible Explorer in the following Schools: Mtiya, Chipoka 1 and Chipoka 2. Another  school will soon be found so that he will operate in four schools.

This school season, we will be covering seven schools in Chipoka and Ngodzi and in Salima, 28 schools. To God be the glory.

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Starfish Malawi joins Global Connections

As part of us making a difference, Starfish has some partnerships with organisations that share the same aims to ensure that we are working in a harmonised way and are able to leverage each others strengths for the benefit of the people of Malawi and the Kingdom of God.

To this end, I am pleased to announce that we have recently joined the Global Connections network. 

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Global Connections is a growing network of over 300 UK churches and agencies with a passion for mission. Their members include organisations of all sizes working in countries all over the world. As you can imagine, there is a wealth of experience available, which can be shared for the benefit of all.

Tools to the Nglolowindo training centre

The first leg of the long, long journey to Malawi for our consignment of tools for the Ngolowindo vocational training centre was completed recently, when they were transported to the depot awaiting shipping in our container in October.  They have been given to Starfish through, Tools With A Mission in Ipswich, to whom we are so grateful.

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These tools will enable school children to be taught skills in carpentry, construction and electrical work, allowing them to have very useful skills for the future.

The gift of a blanket

Below is a photo of a sweet young man (14 years) who has been given the beautiful blanket from Teston Church. He has hydrocephaly and has been 'adopted' by the new female pastor of A of G church at Ngolowindo. He was apparently being neglected by his parents.

He looked so happy with his gift - thank you Teston Church for making a massive difference.

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Desks 4 Classrooms

Desks 4 Classrooms is an initiative aimed at providing children in Malawi with a desk for their school.  Many schools in Malawi do not have a lot of equipment and having a desk facilitates a student's study, by giving them somewhere comfortable to sit and to organise their books.  

So far, we have raised over £1,200, which means we will be able to afford desks for more than 100 children.

Please click here to read more about this exciting project.

Nursery education

You may or may not be aware that, as part of our education programme, we offer nursery education material on Malawi to support our Nurseries Together project.  Please click here to see the July / August newsletter - an example of the material provided, which makes children aware of some of the facets of life in Malawi.

Fundraising update

Please read this update from Peter Bell, who leads our fundraising work.  During the short time Peter has been working with us, he has worked hard to lay the firm foundations of a comprehensive strategy.  We are already seeing the first fruits of his efforts.  Please click here to read his latest report.

Library update

The library has become a very helpful resource centre since its inception. Different groups of people ranging from Pastors, church leaders,have been coming to the library to study. For students who are sitting for their final exams in form 4, the library is a haven of their educational improvement. Eight out of ten students who come to read, admitted that the centre has an environment that suits most of the students especially the quietness and the resources the library has. Most of the schools have inadequate resources for students to read. Many thanks to our very own secondary school sponsorship that introduced the incentive that is not only benefiting our own sponsored students but it has rather helped non sponsored students. 

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New Literacy Development Project!

Preparations are underway for an innovative new project in the Salima area of Malawi, designed to improve children’s literacy - a key factor in overcoming poverty (currently around 1 in 4 young adults in Malawi cannot read or write). The project will create a network of teachers from across different primary schools, who will become Literacy Leaders. Candidates have been identified already and are excited to take part! They will access training, resources, links with schools in the UK (sharing writing both ways) and build relationships with local nurseries. They will feed these benefits back to their teaching colleagues, serving as mentors within their schools. Rachel Ormrod, a teacher and International Development graduate from the UK, will be setting up the project as a volunteer, with the aim to hand this role over to a Malawian in due course so the project is both sustainable and empowering.

You can read more and donate specifically to this project - which is relying on your generosity now to get it kickstarted - at:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/literacyleaders.

Read Rachel's story

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Rachel is raising money to help Starfish Malawi

A great day was had by all on our “Bewl Water Walk” 10th June 2017

Under a brilliant blue sky and warm sun our Bewl Water walkers set off for their 7 or 13 mile sponsored walk.  All enjoyed the beautiful countryside, the fellowship with fellow walkers and the knowledge that it was for the great cause of the Glad Tidings Orphan Care.   

The initial forecast for the amount raised is between £4,000 and £5,000, which will make a huge difference to the lives of the children at Glad Tidings.   Thank you to all who walked and to their supporters. 

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