Café and Craft Centre Project -
Sponsor Mike and Pete in the Brighton Marathon - 12 April 2015
Our last major project, the maize mill and sheller, is now operating and generating income for other projects and social welfare.
We are now seeking funds for the next major project. The villagers have prioritised a café and craft centre - with a stunning view of Mulanje Massif (pictured top). You can sponsor the cyclists below.
The café and craft centre will mean the village will gain some income from tourists who visit the mountain and also entice visitors from the city of Blantyre, an hour's drive away.
The Project Committee is already running a café at the internationally renowned Mulanje Mountain Porters Race (the race was initiated by Mike Brady in 1996 and he attended the 2009 race, below).
Mbewa Self-Help Project (UK) supporters Mike Brady and Pete Rayner will be running in the Brighton Marathon on 12 April 2015 to raise funds for the project.
Use the form below to add your donation for the café project and the social welfare fund used to assist vulnerable people in the village.
When you click on an "Add to Basket" button below your pledge will be handled by the secure Romancart shopping system. You will receive an email with details on how to make payment.
Thanks to fundraising efforts so far, the Project Committee have been able to purchase the land for the café and craft centre.
The next phase of the project is to build a toilet and shower block for visitors. Initially coffee and cake will be served in gazebos built from traditional materials. The villagers will provide the bricks, sand, timber and labour for the building work. Funds will be used for cement, metal sheets, plumbing, electrical connection and expert supervision.
The aim is to encourage visitors to the mountain to spend some money to the benefit of the villagers, with profits going to other projects and the social welfare fund.
It is hoped that people who might not come to the mountain may be enticed to do so, knowing there is a nice place to visit and somewhere to take a shower after going for a swim in the mountain streams.
The Mbewa Self-Help Project (UK) raises funds for projects in Mbewa Village, Malawi.