It has been sometime since I last posted, but I have been kept busy. Previous visitors will notice that this website has changed – I won’t bore you with the details why, but I favour the cleaner look this site has over the previous. Although I must admit, I will be keeping this site “under review” for the next few months whilst I identify any creases which need to be ironed-out. However, in time, I hope to add a selection of images which you can buy…
On a connected note, I ended last year with a visit to Malawi with the Scottish based NGO Malawi Fruits. Whilst it is committed to working alongside partners and stakeholders in Malawi to establish and grow sustainable community businesses in the northern areas of the country, this charity also works closely with Modern Farming Technologies (MFT).
By providing training and a variety of resources which includes innovative solar powered irrigation pumps from Future Pump, solar drying equipment and seeds, MFT and Malawi fruits jointly endeavour to encourage farmers to see their smallholding as a business and provide the support and training required to develop each fledgling business so as to maximise income and provide for the education and healthcare needs of the farmers families.
Overall, the time I spent in Malawi was both insightful and fulfilling; leaving me with the desire to return to this country one day. As you can see from the images in the gallery, I not only had the opportunity to work alongside local farmers, but also visit a deaf school when I accompanied members of staff from another Scottish NGO, called The Banana Box Trust.
By identifying and sending essential and needed goods from Dundee to Malawi via containers, The Banana Box Trust works alongside local communities and entrepreneurs to assist the people of Northern Malawi to help themselves out of poverty.
To quote The Banana Box Trust website, as something for you to remember: The people of Northern Malawi are among the poorest in the world.