Welcome to the Mamie Martin Fund website. The Mamie Martin Fund was established in 1993 by the family and friends of Mamie Martin, to advance the education of girls in secondary school in North Malawi.
Covid-19 – 2021 has not started well for Malawi, with a sudden and serious rise in Covid-19 infections and deaths. Tragically, two Cabinet Ministers, Local Government Minister Hon. Lingson Belekanyama and Minister of Transport Hon Sidik Mia, and two other senior government officials died of Covid within 24 hours last week.
Schools are closed from 18th January for three weeks but boarding schools will be assessed for safety before a decision is made about each of them. Exam classes at all schools are continuing until the exams are completed.
Mercy, our Malawi Manager, reported last month before this worsening situation in Malawi:
“Although Malawi did not suffer much from the Covid-19 in terms of deaths and those affected by the pandemic but nevertheless the economic hardships inform of slow businesses, loss of jobs for some within and outside the country has made a huge impact that has been felt by many on our land and this led to the suffering of many relying on the small businesses.“
Through Mercy we have supplied water buckets and soap or sanitizer to the schools with which we work. We have also provided each of our girls with two cloth face masks, purchased from a local tailor. The long school closure has involved quite a bit of hardship and we have an appeal for funding to help with that.
We are glad that all but two girls (out of 138) returned to school. One was married during the first closure period and we have not been able to find any information about the other.
We will be helping the pupils with transport costs if they need to return home within this new closure period.
This year we are supporting 139 girls across the six schools, the additional place being funded by the Thompson Fund.
Our photo exhibition is on tour but you can watch it here without leaving home. Watch out for info on our Events page for where it will be hanging over the next few months. We hope it gives you a flavour of our work in Malawi.
The next school year starts in January 2021 and MMF will pay the fees of, and support, 139 girls across six schools, including seven girls at a school for Deaf children in Embangweni. We work with the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, Mchengautuba Community Day Secondary School in Mzuzu and with the RC Diocese of Karonga.
At least one MMF Trustee visits the schools we support in Malawi each year as part of our governance. This did not happen, of course, in 2020.
Fees at a boarding school (necessary for reasons of distance, safety and allowing the girls to study) are approx £350.00 a year. Fees at the Community Day school which we support are considerably lower at £55.00 a year.
“Your appeal is that you are focused; know your area, partners and client group well; have a small but committed group of supporters; and, most importantly, will have a long term impact through the education of girls. Not a difficult choice to make!”Comment from a donor, explaining why she chose the Mamie Martin Fund.