In July and August, Amelia completed a walking challenge for Warm Heart Initiatives: walking 500km in 50 days, and completing it with a 50km trail race. Below, you can see a photo of her mid-race, hitting the 500km final goal! It was so great to get out into the community, and into nature, and reflect on the work going on in Malawi. Over this time, she was able to raise about 600$ over the time, all which directly goes to our partnership in Malawi. In fact, our partner in Malawi (Rodrick) also did a walking challenge during the same time, in which he walked to town and back everyday, rather than taking a bus. He was able to take that money saved, and contribute it directly to the project!
Work in Malawi continues on. We are waiting to hear a recent update; however, the computer that they regularly use has finally met the end of its lifespan, so communication has been difficult. The board in Malawi has continued to work on maintaining a balanced budget, despite difficult times with income from a chicken and sanitary business that they are running. There is a food crises in the country, with prices of basic necessities increasing. Despite that, the work in Thukuta village continues. We have had a return of a teacher to a regular teaching position, and scholarships are continuing to be distributed to secondary and college students. We are eager to hear from the board in Malawi to get photos of the students, as well as the details of their finances.
As we approach the fall season, we know that the project in Malawi will be gearing up for the annual christmas event. This is always an exciting time of the year, and we hope to be able to hear updates. Here in Canada, we are going to be planning a fall event. Perhaps another silent auction or tea party. Perhaps a quiet selling of goods, perhaps a presentation on getting youth interested in global projects. Please stay in touch!
Meanwhile, Amelia has made, and is selling totebags. They are selling for 30$ a bag, plus shipping. Made with material from Malawi and from Mozambique, these are great for shopping, lunch bags, and general toting! As always, 100% of the fees raise go towards the projects at Warm Heart Initiatives.