May 2017 – Malawi update
Through various donations, including those from Amazon’s affiliate scheme, we’re thrilled to share the following news with you all, from the Charity in Malawi.
Some of these funds have been used to fund a sustainable farm…….
“Lydia farmed 4 acres, supports 10 people off this land, 8 children.
“She was unable to farm the land before as had no money for seeds. She used to walk up to 4 hrs to collect maize people had left on the floor at the mill, to feed her children.
‘She now has a bumper harvest to provide food for the family for the whole of the year, and pay her children's school fees! She also has surplus to sell to buy farm inputs for next year - not relying on a hand out.
“Because of you, LSU was able to provide Lydia with permaculture training, business training, farm inputs for this harvest, and famine relief whilst these crops grew. Her family will now have food security and her children education, Lydia has full ownership over her farm and can provide for her family.”
Malawi Update April 2017
Some exciting news to share with our readers…… For every 1kg tub of our bath salts that’s sold, we at Lucy Bee, donate 15p to Love Support Unite (LSU). Unlike the rest of the products in our range, we’re unable to buy these salts as Fair Trade and so this is our way of ‘giving back’ and helping to improve lives.
We’ve made a retrospective donation of £2201 to LSU, which is being used to fund 8 sustainable farms in Malawi, to start with the first October rains. These will go a long way in providing food for families. Nina, from LSU advises, “Oliver will be doing the surveys, selecting the families in most need and starting training asap. “He will be doing a group permaculture training for these families, and Wiseman business skills workshops in the coming months so they are fully prepared. This is incredible news!” As always, thank you from the Lucy Bee team, to all of our customers and followers for your support – together we can all make a difference.
During her time there, she worked in a pop-up clinic using our coconut oil to treat and prevent ringworm; learned the techniques for baby masssage (touch and early interaction with babies and children is changing lives and empowering women); helped the children in a 'Dream Flag Project', where they wrote their dream poem on a flag; helped create a mini golf course made out of junk; and decorated the mother and baby shelter.
I’ve selected a list of items that I think you might be interested in and have decided that commissions paid through the Amazon affiliate scheme will ALL go to charity. This applies to everything that you purchase on Amazon, not just those mentioned below, so the more we all shop, the more our charity benefits!
There’s no extra cost to you and the way it works is that Amazon pays 5% commission to Lucy Bee and we then pass it ALL on to a charity. We'll keep a running total so that you can see how much is being raised.
We're currently supporting The Little Blossoms Project, which is a project within the charity ‘Love Support Unite Africa’ which was established in 2009.
LSU Africa is charity number: Tilinanu Orphanage (Registered UK Charity Number 113 320 8) and is a volunteer foundation set up in the UK to support the Tilinanu Orphanage.
Little Blossoms aim is to sustain the projects that have already been started and to help with future plans, which include another shelter for children at the existing foster home that has been established.
Lucy Bee has already been involved in various ways: we’ve donated some of our coconut oil for baby massage and it has also helped to prevent and treat ringworm in children, which causes infection and scarring; we’ve sponsored 5 children in the orphanage; we, along with several of our partners, have donated funds to build homes for teachers; and we’ve ran half marathons and scaled the Three Peaks to fundraise for a further home to be built; plus our loyal followers have kindly supported through the Amazon affiliate scheme.
As we’re fond of saying when talking about our coconut oil, a little goes a long way and it couldn’t be more evident in Malawi – every penny given, really does help to make a difference.
Update from Malawi April 2016
There are many planned projects that can only be carried out with our support. Gayle Berry from Little Blossoms explains:
1. Massage training with special needs children and in baby orphanages
Offering free training to medical staff and orphanage staff wishing to use massage as part of their treatment/care programme for babies and children. We would like to provide sensory toys for the special needs unit at ABC Community Clinic.
2. Foster Care Home for children using a sustainable clothing business
We are looking for funding to ensure that the foster home we have set up for children in Malawi continues to succeed and to expand the accommodation to help more children.
We have provided Margaret, our foster mum with a sustainable business to help feed, house and educate four local children living in poverty however we are looking for sponsorship for the four children to ensure that the project works if there is any short fall in the business income.
We hope to expand the foster home to accommodate more children next year and create a childcare facility there so that mothers can work in agriculture knowing that their babies are safe.
Lucy Bee has sponsored 5 children in Margaret’s Foster Care Home:
Pinfour Mathews, aged 14, has been living with his grandmother for seven years, after his mother was killed in a farming accident and his father passed away. At times, Pinfour would go up to three days without a proper meal. In November of last year, LSU Africa completed vital repairs to Pinfour’s family home, and also provided a neighbour with a small loan to start a tomato selling business, under the proviso that they would use some of the proceeds to feed and care for Pinfour’s grandmother, who is now blind and unable to care for her family. The LSU team will continue to supervise this business and check in on his grandmother, to ensure she is receiving proper care and is still in regular contact with her family.
Bright Fostal, aged 13, joined the care home as his grandmother could no longer afford to feed him. He had been living with his grandmother for the past five years after both his parents had died due to malnutrition and disease. Happily, he is now being cared for by the amazing Margaret and her husband Nixon, who are dedicated to giving their new family a loving home.
Neszarli Lafiel, aged 12. After her mother died five years ago, Neszarli’s father abandoned the family and has not been seen since. Raised by her grandmother, Neszarli has had to grow up very fast in order to help support her grandmother and her wider family. Due to her age and infirmity Neszarli’s grandmother has struggled to feed or clothe Neszarli and when Neszarli arrived at her new home, her only possession was the dress she was wearing. Neszarli is now finally able to attend school and have the future she deserves, whilst remaining close to her grandmother and the community she grew up in.
Brenda Longoti, aged 10. After his father’s death earlier this year, Brenda’s mother’s land was stolen and taken over by their neighbours. Unable to plant food and support her family, Brenda’s mother returned to her home village to re-marry. Brenda was shunned by his new family, who refused to support him and forced his mother to give him up. Thanks to Margaret and your support, Brenda finally has the loving home he has always wanted.
Namango Jambulaini, aged 9. Up until very recently, Namango had been living with her infirm grandfather. When she arrived at Margaret’s she had not eaten any food for five days, and was extremely weak. She now lives very close to her grandfather, who LSU continues to support, and is receiving the nutrition she so desperately needs.
3. Nurture Pack
We support new mothers in poverty through the provision of post natal care essentials in our Nurture Packs. We provide basics such as knickers, reusable sanitary towels, blankets and soap. This is made up of donations from the UK.
4. Massage education
We are training young women in poverty in massage skills to help improve health and provide employment opportunities. We offer mentorship programmes and micro loans for women in business.
5. Other projects
Other projects which might work well would be to train someone in the local villages to check for ringworm and use Lucy Bee Coconut Oil to treat it by giving it out in small doses.
We are so grateful for this opportunity. It means so much to us as we are a small charity and we put all our donations straight back into our projects.
“A small amount goes a very long way in Malawi and it literally changes lives,” writes, Gayle Berry.
Please let your friends know about this and let's see how much we can all raise together for the benefit of this amazing charity.
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So far Lucy Bee has collected £3,118 for the Little Blossoms project in Malawi. You can help support this amazing charity by clicking this link when you buy ANYTHING from Amazon. We then donate all of the commission paid by Amazon, directly to Love Support Unite.