UPDATE: August 2019… It is understood from the Malawi School Organiser that the school escaped the severe damage in the surrounding countryside and nobody was injured or killed. There was some damage which is being repaired. All in all, they are very relieved that the expected catastrophe was avoided.
Our thoughts are especially with the population of Malawi, following the terrible storms and flooding that has occurred there causing the huge loss of life.
UPDATE: February 2019… The Association also recently contributed funds towards a toilet facility at the school, which has now been built. The school is now operating fully and the Association wishes the School and Staff every success in the future.
It was a very sad day when our own Loughton School closed its boot-room door for the last time, all those years ago. However, it has come to our attention that a Christian Association called Mission Direct is co-ordinating volunteers to build a new school in Africa, which is badly needed in the area. Pauline Leadley, from Buckhurst Hill Baptist Church, works with this organisation and has worked in Malawi with other volunteers to build this school for some time. She has asked our Association if we would be willing to help with funds. The school will be called Namakomba School and is in the Republic of Malawi, on the south east side of Africa. It will be a Primary School of eight classes with a library, providing life-changing opportunities for about 600 children in a remote area of Malawi. The first four classrooms opened this year and the official opening will be in May 2017.
Your Committee felt that it seemed rather appropriate that after losing our own school, we might in some small measure be able to help another badly needed school come into existence.
Consequently, a collection was made at the AGM which amounted to £396.50 and together with £125 already collected, we will be donating £521.50 towards this worthwhile venture. The future progress of this project will appear on this website.
School Works in Progress by Pauline Leadley and other Volunteers Information Board at the AGM
A thankyou letter has now been received from Mrs Leadley – see below.