We wanted our Malawi Farm Project to be about more than simply writing a cheque; that’s why twice a year, in May and October, 10 of our colleagues go to visit the project and get involved, taking with them bags of enthusiasm and knowledge to share.
May 2017’s bunch have just landed back in the UK and we’re very proud of Julie McCann, Howard Rowell, Oliver Grindell and Katherine Easter from Aunt Bessie’s, Darren Lock from our bakery – Jacksons, Hannah Beeley, Agnes Fodor and Tomasz Weclawik from MyFresh, and Marta Salva Cifuentes and Victoria Laming from Abel & Cole for taking part in the nine-day trip.
Our five-year Malawi Farm Project aims to help a local village of over 1,000 farmers in the Ntcheu District be self-sustainable and food-secure. Our colleague volunteers help the farmers to build greenhouses, fences, plant trees and make beds for vegetables. They also visit the local school, have Chichewa language lessons, learn about permaculture, sample Malawian food and get taught how to dance by the locals.
Kate from Aunt Bessie’s, said: “It was a truly life changing experience for the farmers there and for us volunteers too. I’ve been overwhelmed by my time in Malawi and I’ve gained so much from it. We achieved a lot while we were there and to see how much it will benefit the farmers’ lives is fantastic. An amazing project!”
They’re off! Our volunteers ready to leave for Malawi.
Our volunteers and the community making rope from tyres.
Here’s the dirt: Hannah digging to plant trees.
Our volunteers eating sugar cane with the farmers.
Practicing their Chichewa language greetings.
Visiting the local school.
Our colleagues in the greenhouse structure.
Hoorah! All finished – trees planted, vegetable beds created, the greenhouse built and fences up – well done team!