The founder of a humanitarian aid charity has praised the hard work and generosity of an Arbroath church congregation.
St Andrew’s Church has recently supported the creation of a medical centre in a remote part of Malawi, and is the latest project they have backed there.
John R. Searle, founder and coordinator of Aquaid Lifeline, said: “I know that the folk of Arbroath and the members of St Andrew’s Church are reluctant to blow their own trumpets, but after many years of sacrifice and unrelenting support from them I feel that it’s time for me to blow their cover and spill the beans!”
In 2007, Rev. David C. Searle, then minister at St Andrew’s, introduced the congregation to his brother’s charity, Aquaid Lifeline. A daycare centre in Thyolo was built by the church, providing for 175 children, 25 of those in residence. Another daycare centre, this one built by Aquaid Lifeline in Kambilonjo, caters for 175 children, - 30 of those in residence - and has the adventure playground and residence funded by St Andrew’s. All costs for caring for 350 orphans, staff salaries, health care and future college and training fees are provided by the church.
A fully stocked medical centre is now nearly complete in Kambilonjo. It boasts a large waiting area, examination room, two treatment rooms, recovery room, separate wards and a well stocked medical supply store.
John said: “This is a truly life changing initiative which will transform the lives of the whole area. A staff house for the Clinical Officer is almost complete and two further staff houses are planned.”
Building of a maternity unit is now being looked at to address Malawi’s shocking childbirth statistics.
John concluded: “Malawians are embarrassingly generous folk. Malawi is rightly known internationally as ‘The warm heart of Africa’, I believe that Arbroath is ‘The warm heart of Scotland’.”