It has been ages since Project4Africa (P4A) Making a difference to children’s lives has been after your sponsorship of a project! P4A is again working in partnership with African Vision Malawi (AVM) but this time on a project which looks to improve the lives of children and adults who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
To raise funds for the project, 3/5ths of the Williams family, Tony, Jo and Peter, are running the ACICS 10k through central London on Sunday, 25th July (James is away on holiday and Liz has promised to take part next year). Training is underway and progressing (although slowly in my case!).
What is so special this time is that we are running the 10k in memory of Mike Hopkins (Hoppy) and Heather Wood who have both left us far too soon. Hoppy was one of the founders of P4A and has been in charge of our finances throughout our two previous projects. The first was building classrooms, a teacher’s house, nursery and toilets at Namanyanga School; and the second was building a maternity unit and staff accommodation. His passion to make a difference, financial skills and wise counsel (yes fun loving Hoppy!!) were crucial in our achievements. Heather has also been involved with P4A since it started and was part of the P4A team who have visited Malawi on two occasions. Heather has worked quietly behind the scenes on raising funds and getting sponsorship for the projects. Her commitment and enthusiasm for making a difference, plus painting walls in both school and maternity unit, are legendary!
So what is the SEND Project and why do we need sponsorship? It is about putting in place effective educational opportunities that make a real difference for children and adults with special educational needs and disabilities within the communities in which they live in central Malawi. This covers both the health and education of people with SEND together with giving them the tools to learn, enabling their full potential to be integrated into the communities in which they live.
The outcomes will be …..
- Increased opportunities (particularly for children) to improve their learning capacity and capability.
- Increased opportunities to improve their life choices and chances.
- Greater independence.
- More understanding of the challenges facing them enabling inclusion within society.
We are proposing to achieve these outcomes by integrating together three key strands…..
- Education (delivered through building a SEND Support Centre in M’bang’ombe School):
- Training of teachers in SEND.
- Training for carers/guardians of people with SEND
- Dedicated classroom space for children with SEND.
- Health (delivered through expanding the Health Centre at M’bang’ombe):
- Identification, diagnosis and treatment of SEND.
- Range of support including occupational therapy, speech and language and physiotherapy.
- Workshop services (delivered through setting up a SEND Workshop Centre in AVM’s Sam’s Village):
- Making and repairing SEND devices.
Many thanks for all your support now and over the years.