Newsletter Christmas 2016

Dear friends,

This is our first Kudimba newsletter. Our plan is to publish a Kudimba update four times per year, one for every season and this Christmas edition is the very first one.

Here are our recent project updates:
The big news is that our new Kudimba film is finally ready, Fred did a great job filming and editing the movie and we are very proud to present it.

We also have continuously worked to improve our website. Please have a look around, we will keep updating it as our project progresses.

Another way to stay in touch with Kudimba is via Facebook, here is the link.

We have bought some beautiful land right by Lake Malawi and we now need to develop it for Kudimba. The work will be done in several phases so that we can budget and raise funds and also so that it grows organically and will serve our needs. Unfortunately we have some delay with our building works on site in Malawi, but we hope to continue with phase one of our plans soon.

The first phase will be a home for Cornelio and his family, our on site manager of Kudimba.
Cornelio will build a traditional house and will also dig a water borehole and a composting toilet. He will also build a store room to safely keep all the construction materials for the next phase.
We will initially connect up to the mains electricity supply but it is very expensive in Malawi. In the future we would like to explore sustainable energy sources such as solar energy and wind turbines.

Phase two will entail the construction of our large education centre, an open air kitchen and bathroom and a fence around our property to protect our permaculture garden from goats and cows. Our garden will be developed gradually throughout the construction works. Cornelio has a background in agriculture and has done a permaculture training, so we are confident that the garden will bloom under his supervision

We have two students participating in our education fund, which is great as Kudimba hasn’t even officially opened the doors yet. Austin is currently preparing for his nursing training and Jimmy is learning to be a welder at the Salima technical college.

Our yearly hospital uniform collection has now expanded and we are also collecting second hand laptops and phones. Our Trustee Judy Sweeney is in charge of this collection. She is an ITer and her aim is to renovate all laptops and teach young people how to work with a computer. Later on Judy also wants to teach how to repair a computer, a rare and precious skill in Malawi.

A big thank you to everyone who has donated to Kudimba this year.
Your donations are very much appreciated and will help the development of Kudimba. Please find our account details below.
Monthly contributions will go to our education fund, to support young people to study and learn a profession. One off donations are equally welcome as they will go towards the development of Kudimba, we still hope to open our doors officially in 2018.

With this first newsletter we also send our warmest Christmas wishes to everyone of you and wish you all a very happy and healthy new year.

The Kudimba Team

Second Kudimba update

Dear friends,

Second Kudimba update, more exciting news

And soon…
• We are starting a new collection of laptops, uniforms and other useful items to be shipped in a container from the UK going to Malawi

• Soon our new Kudimba Film will be ready…watch this space

October 2016
• We are celebrating the 70th birthday of our favourite Kudimba Trustee, friend and supporter George Allard. Happy birthday and lots of love to you George! xxx

September 2016
• Austin and Jimmy are the first two candidates of our ‘Education Fund’. Austin will study nursing at the College of Health Science in Thyolo in the South of Malawi and Jimmy will train to be a welder at the Technical College of Salima.

Good luck to both of you!

August 2016
• Two years ago, the idea of Kudimba had just started to arise in our minds and now we are so proud of the progress the concept has made. The doors of our project are not yet officially opened and already we support two students with our Education Fund. The construction works on our land in Lifuwu have started at the beginning of this month. We will start with a family home for our manager, a store room for the building and gardening equipment, a borehole and an electricity connection. Finally the development of the garden will conclude part one of our construction works.

• Kudimba Foundation is now also officially registered with CONGOMA, the Council for non-governmental organisations in Malawi. Also in the UK, Kudimba is now an official organization, with an own proper bank account.

July 2016
• Cornelio is the brand new manager of Kudimba Foundation, welcome to our team Cornelio, we wish you al the best. Cornelio will start with an internship in the original project, Kunyumba and he will also attend a permaculture training in Monkey Bay.

June 2016
• Another container arrived in Salima with donations which are invaluable for the area. We distributed to a large amount of Oxford Brookes hospital uniforms donated by graduating students. The uniforms were given to the staff of a local hospital, Pothawira. Also a great donation of laptops was distributed to Kunyumba and Kudimba staff and students, thank you Judy Sweeney for your hard work collecting, renovating, packing and shipping the laptops. Thank you Fiona Sawney for the fabulous donation of children’s books to Kunyumba.

March 2016
• Kudimba Foundation is officially registered in Malawi.

November 2015
• A nice article about our plans appeared in the Belgian magazine ‘Gie & Ik’. Have a look
at ‘In the Press’ on this website.

October 2015
• Kudimba Foundation officially owns a beautiful piece of land at the lake in Lifuwu, Salima. It measures 0.68 Ha and is located right at the lake, so lots of water for our garden project!

First Kudimba update

Dear friends,

Our very first Kudimba update, exciting news:

• Kunyumba is doing well and continues to expand. Peter Chasowa and his team are still running the project brilliantly and they continue to look after the children as if they were their own. There are 32 Kunyumba kids now, a lovely happy bunch.

• We might have found the perfect piece of land for our Kudimba plans… a beautiful quiet spot along the lake, fertile land ideal for our gardening plans. As it is located at the lake there is unlimited access to fresh water to irrigate our permaculture garden, and perfect for swimming of course. We are starting negotiations with the chief about the price and the conditions… and hopefully at some point in the future this piece of land will be our new home in Malawi.

• Finally our container has arrived in Salima, 300 hospital uniforms donated by Oxford Brookes University. This donation is for the Pothawira Hospital in Salima. Furthermore we received some toys, loads of midwifery journals and seeds for our Kudimba, everyone is excited. Thank you Mags Wilcox for your all your hard work with the collection, packing, labelling and for your generous contribution.

• A new piece on the Kudimba plans has appeared in the Oxford Brookes University Newsletter (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences), have a look at ‘In the Press’ on this website for the latest edition.

• Fred has been very busy the past few weeks and months filming life in and around Kudimba and Malawi for the next Kudimba movie…now the big job of editing the footage is waiting. We can’t wait to see the result.

• Did you know that … Senga Bay hosts a yearly Rastafarian reunion to celebrate the birthday of Haile Selassie. The emperor visited Malawi in the sixties and our village is one of the top locations on the Rastafarian pilgrimage route. It is quite an impressive event, hundreds of ‘dreaded’ visitors from all over the world in our little village, which temporarily colours red, gold and green and has a distinct perfume of Malawi Gold during this time of year. Irie!

• Our time in Malawi has come to an end again. We hope to be back soon, but in the meanwhile we continue with our program, we are trying to register Kudimba in Belgium and/or UK to then register in Malawi. We are also continuing our efforts to fundraise for Kudimba.