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 – In the light of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we have been working at a distance in Scotland since March. We continue to be available by email at [email protected] Covid-19 numbers have been declining in Malawi and the schools have re-opened. However, Mercy, our Malawi Manager, reports:

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) did not return to school. One was married during the closure period and we have not been able to find any information about the other.

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.

This year (2019-20) we pay the fees of, and support, 138 girls across six schools, including six 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 Malawi from Scotland 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.