Starfish Malawi's Children's Clubs provide activities for children aged 5 to 16 in the Salima community of rural Malawi. Children take part in a range of activities including advice on practical living, understanding the Bible, sports and art.
The Children’s Clubs provide a safe environment for children to grow. The Starfish team in Malawi oversees these clubs weekly, run by trained volunteers and youth leaders. In the safe environment of the Children's Clubs, leaders teach the children safe ways to live so that they can maximise their joy in a country where poverty is rife.
Our sports equiptment is on it's last legs so last month we launched our StarfishBig30Appeal to buy 30 brand new footballs and 30 netballs for the children to play with.
We were overwhelmed with the support of our Starfishers and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported this appeal.
The people in the photo are Ian Bull, left, who is the Club Chairman of Kings Hill Football Club. I'm in the centre and Richard Morrison, right, is the Vice Chairman of the junior age groups plus kit.and equipment officer.
Jan Mileham, Starfish Committee Member and UK Nursery Co-ordinator said,
I first became aware of Starfish Malawi in 2010 after visiting Malawi on a Missions Trip with a charity called Soapbox. I joined the Starfish committee about 3 years ago and now I'm responsible for Nurseries and Children's Clubs.
The Starfish Big 30 Appeal was to raise money to buy 30 footballs and 30 netballs for the Children's Clubs in Salima, Malawi. The response has been very encouraging. Special thanks must go to Kings Hill Football Club for donating balls, kit and boots. I would also like to thank members of Connect Church, Maidstone who have given 17 new balls in total. Thanks also to members the Life Church in Maidstone and individuals who donated money.