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Ifumbo Collection 2018

Sunday 7th to Friday 12th October (Weekdays 9-2pm)

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Isobel Dawson

For the past seven years we have been twinned with the Church in Ifumbo, which lies in a very isolated and rural  area of northern Malawi.  Poverty in this area is beyond imagination, the land is hilly and rocky and the people are dependent on what they themselves can produce.          Unfortunately, recently there has been periods of drought followed by heavy rains, all of which has led to a very poor harvest and near starvation for many people. 

During the past seven years we have been able to transport life-saving equipment,  clothing, tools, aids etc direct to the area.  We have received very positive reports of the effect this has had on the lives of people across all age groups;  babies have been provided with starter packs, post natal mothers have been given dignity through simple toiletries;  children have been encouraged to attend school after being given shoes that helped them cope with the very difficult terrain; young women have been supported in their efforts to be self-sufficient by being provided with sewing and knitting equipment and the elderly sleep more comfortably when supplied with blankets.  One elderly gentleman who had not left his hut for over a year had his life changed when he received a wheelchair. 

It is that time of year again when we can all donate something to help our friends in Ifumbo and gain some much needed space in our own garages, lofts and wardrobes.  

WHAT WE NEED THIS YEAR:

Adult push bikes and bicycle repair kits

Sewing machines, cooking equipment, including pots and kitchen equipment

Football strips

Musical instruments

Hand Tools.  Wind up torches, any solar powered goods

Working digital cameras

School notebooks, rucksacks, pencils, pens, Sellotape, rulers, calculators, grammar books, staplers and staples, chalk, ruled and plain paper, carbon paper and erasers

Good News Bibles

Knitting wool, needles, threads, sewing kits, sewing needles and craft material

Clothes for men, women, children and babies (including underwear).  Shoes for adults and children, including wellington boots

Blankets, towels and bedding

Bars of soap (not liquid), toothpaste, toothbrushes, wash cloths

Teddy bears. Table top games

Ladies sanitary products for post natal mothers (packets can be obtained very cheaply at Asda and Tesco).

News

Twenty Four of the Guild members enjoyed a Christmas Lunch at Caulders Garden Centre. more...
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The number of parcels under the Christmas tree meant a detour was necessary to get to the pulpit. more...
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Waitrose cater the Lunch Club. more...
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The perfect start to the New Year. more...
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Vicky and Laura invited us into a beautifully decorated New Hall. more...
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Mearns Primary choir entertain. more...
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