Covid-19 update

In the light of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we are working in Scotland as best we can to keep ourselves safe. We meet online like so many other organisations and do all our work remotely. We continue to be available by email at admin@mamiemartin.org

Our bigger concern is for Malawi. Malawi’s first confirmed Covid-19 case came on the 2nd April. With just 17 ventilators in the country (less than one per million people) and an already overstretched and under resourced healthcare system, Malawi was, and still is, uniquely vulnerable to this crisis.

Thankfully, numbers of confirmed Covid-19 cases remain low in Malawi but it is rising. There is a likelihood that Malawi is experiencing a slower trajectory, but there is huge concern about the effects of the pandemic on a country with such limited health services.

We hope that Malawi is saved the worst of this crisis but we fear this may not be the case, and are doing all we can to support our friends and partners at this incredibly important time. The schools in Malawi have been closed for some time. We remain in contact with Mercy and with our partners there about the situation.

We have postponed Mercy’s trip to Scotland which had been scheduled for June of this year. We hope to re-arrange it for June 2021. We have also postponed plans for any Trustee trip to Malawi this year. We will respect all official advice about travel, internally and internationally, but are particularly keen to avoid being a source of transmission to Malawi.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this pandemic and those in Malawi who do not have the resources to combat it as we are doing in the UK.

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.

A video about our partnership with The Soko Fund

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 each year as part of our governance.

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.