An Arbroath church’s fundraising campaign to improve conditions in Malawi has expanded to the point that it has become a brand new charity.
The Dalitso Project has been started by the congregation at St Andrew’s Church to help their fundraising and humanitarian work in the impoverished East African state.
Since 2007, St Andrew’s Church, in partnership with Aquaid Lifeline, have supported a number of projects in Malawi, including building a daycare centre and residence for an orphans in Thyolo and another residence at a daycare centre in Kambilonjo.
In total the projects care for over 300 vulnerable children, provide nursery care, additional primary education, food and training or further education for older children.
A number of expeditions of young people from St Andrew’s Church have gone out to Malawi to help with the projects and the trips have now become annual, leading to the formation of this new charity.
Charis Bowie, from the project explained: “Until now the project has been under the umbrella of St Andrew’s Church with the congregation supporting the fundraisers and the Sponsor Children project.
“However, it has come to the point where the project has expanded to such a size that it has been decided that, although the church will continue to support Malawi, it is in its best interests to form its own charity, The Dalitso Project.
“Dalitso, means ‘blessing’ in Chichewa, the language of Malawi. It was chosen as the project aimed to bless the people of Malawi and the group has found that they were blessed by the people in return. The Dalitso Project will continue to fundraise, run the Sponsor Children project, collect and send containers of aid to be distributed to the most at risk.”
To mark the beginning of this new project, the trust is holding an open day for current supporters and for anyone who would like to find out more about the charity. This will take place on Sunday, May 29, at OBs on the West Port from 12-4pm.
There will be a soup lunch plus a display of photos and information available on the ways to get involved.
There will also be a cake and candy stall and the raffle of a hamper.
The group have set up a Facebook page www.facebook.com/thedalitsoproject which will be regularly updated with current information on the projects and upcoming events.