Christopher's House

by [email protected] in Nkhata Bay

We did it
On 19th January 2016 we successfully raised £3,654 with 48 supporters in 28 days

We will set up a sustainable project & build a house to enable Christopher to move back to Malawi, work & help others in the community.

by [email protected] in Nkhata Bay


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Our Aim

Our aim is to raise enough money for materials and labour to help Christopher build a house in his home town of Nkhata Bay, Malawi.

Not only will the house provide Christopher with a safe place to live but it will also be a space where he can realise his dream of developing sustainable projects to help other people like himself in the community. He would like to offer a safe place for orphans and other young children who make a living selling handpainted postcards, as he did, by providing art materials and a community room. He would also like to use his catering skills and qualifications to open his home as a hostel for NGO's and volunteers who come to Nkhata Bay tTo o work in the local hospital.

Previously we have raised £3,930. Christopher is heading back to Malawi in January, he has been offered a temporary job and will start researching and planning the build.


Our Story

We are Jan and Chris, teachers in Brighton. We met Christopher 15 years ago when he was selling hand-painted postcards in Nkhata Bay, Malawi. After buying some postcards from Christopher, he asked if he could borrow our water colour paints. Spending the day painting with him, we began chatting and listened to him sharing his life story. 


At that time, he was living with his gran and sister. Having lost both his parents and 2 older siblings he was selling postcards to save money to put himself through secondary school. We got to know him over the next few weeks and he asked us if we would be prepared to pay for his education. After talking to his gran, the headteacher of the school and the local education authority we went ahead.

Over the next couple of years his gran and sister both died and Christopher went to boarding school to finish his education. We continued to support Christopher after school, through training and now work.

He was left a small family plot of land in his hometown Nhkata Bay, Malawi. We are raising money so that next year we can help him to go back there by building a house where he can live and work.

For Christopher to remain in Nkhata Bay he will need to become sustainable. To do this we plan to use the house as a base for community projects in the area to not only benefit Christopher but to also benifit other young people of Nkhata Bay. We are in communication with HOPEmalawiUK who know the area well and can help us develop these projects.





Malawi is one of the least-developed countries in the world. Like Christopher many children are orphaned, mostly due to AIDS. Out of a population of 15.9 million people, 1.3 million children are orphans.

For these children and many others, eductaion is their only way out of poverty, but sadly not every child has the opportunity of an education. Primary school is free in Malawi but due to costs such as uniforms and school resources, many children drop out of school. UNICEF estimates that only 26% of boys and 16% of girls complete primary school. There is no free secondary school education in Malawi, for a lot of children getting through primary school is extremely difficult and going to secondary school is impossible


The Future

Christopher is currently having to live in South Africa where life is hard and he is in a very vulnerable postion, finding work where and when he can. We want to help him move back home to Nkhata Bay where he can be in the warmth of friends and the local community. By building a house for Christopher we will not only provide a home but also a place where he can further develop his skills and build a safer life for himself and others. We will work with Christopher and the local community to set up projects which will enable him and other young people to build hope and develop their prospects for the future.



Please help us help Christopher




This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A thank you for believing in my project!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

An original hand painted postcard by Christopher.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

You will receive an original A4 print of a painting by Christopher and a very big thank you for believing in our project!

£100 or more

£100 Reward

For such fantastic support we will send you a A3 print of one of Christopher's paintings and a big kisses to say thank you!

£500 or more

£500 Reward

For you amazing kindness you will receive an original painting by Christopher and an extremely warm thank for your support!

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

For your incredible generosity you will receive a hand painted canvas by Christopher made to order, a surprise gift from Malawi brought back for you next September and a very huge thank with big kisses!

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