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.
The current school year started in January 2021 and in this year MMF are paying 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.
Mercy Sibande tells us why the work of the MMF is so important in North Malawi.
Covid-19 – Vaccination has started in Malawi and schools are back. They are in their second term of the school year. We have helped the schools with hand-washing facilities. The girls we support have been given locally-made face-masks. Many have needed extra travel money due to the increased numbers of trips to and from boarding schools. We have been able to support them with these needs through Mercy Sibande, our Manager 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.“
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 or 2021.
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.