The Mamie Martin Fund (MMF) is primarily financed by individual donations; some of these are regular and some are one-off or part of a fundraising project. As well as this core funding, the following projects, or funding streams, have been established over recent years.
Cameron Endowment Fund
In recognition of the lifelong work of Colin and Alison Cameron, a fund of £50,000 was received from the Scottish Government in August 2017 for the purpose of enabling the MMF to support 23 additional girls at secondary school and two at university. The Fund was spent over four years and the University support was delegated to the Soko Fund, with whom MMF has a partnership agreement.
An additional grant of £50,000 was awarded to the MMF in 2018 to support a further 22 girls at secondary school and two at university. Again, this Fund is being spent over 4 years in order to provide support for the pupils and students over the full course of their studies at either secondary school or university.
The girls supported by these endowment grants are known locally as ‘The Alison Girls’. The ‘Alison 2’ girls are now entering Form 3 and have two more years at Secondary School (or University).
This fund is financed by the Scottish Government and not available for individual donation.
Thompson Scholarship Fund
Established in 2018 in recognition of the lives and work of Jack and Phyllis Thompson, the Thompson Scholarship Fund has supported girls at Embangweni Secondary School for Deaf Children since 2019. Three girls were initially supported by this Fund and that number will be 6 in 2022 as the Fund continues to attract strong support. Read more >>>>
This fund is open to donations from the public at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/thompsonfund
Lancashire West Methodist Circuit
Starting in 2022, this group of 10 churches in West Lancashire will support 6 girls at St Mary’s Karonga. These girls will be in Form 1 in 2022 and be supported until they complete their schooling. The project will support 6 girls / 24 school years and will be reviewed in 2023/24.
This project has a JustGiving Campaign page and is primarily through the Circuit community, though is open to the wider public also.
Established by a private donor in 2021, in recognition of the significant women in their life, Katy’s Fund is a four-year project which will support girls in the Diocese of Karonga schools and Mchengautuba Community Day Secondary School in Mzuzu.
Responding to the need for particular support in Forms 3 and 4 of secondary school, as evidenced by World Bank and UNICEF research and our own local feedback, Katy’s Fund focuses on girls in those senior forms. It allows MMF to support girls in Chitipa, in the far north of Malawi, for the first time.
A total of 26 pupils will benefit from one or more years of fees paid and other support.
Katy’s Fund is open to further donations which would allow MMF to continue this focus on more senior school classes. Contact MMF at email@example.com
Ready to Learn Fund
Mercy Sibande, Malawi Manager, holds a fund from which girls are given small grants for items such as soap, transport, writing materials. All payments made are recorded by Mercy and reported quarterly.
Initially the provision of reusable sanitary wear was part of the Ready2Learn Fund but it quickly became apparent that all of our girls need these items and so we have fundraised separately so that we can provide these without pressure on the Ready2Learn Fund. The sanitary wear is sourced from Supreme Malawi, a Malawian business in Nkhata Bay, with whom we have an excellent relationship.
Each of these projects includes a budget for our Ready2Learn Fund but meeting the needs girls supported by these projects is not constrained by that funding; if core MMF funding is needed, it is used.
It is possible to donate to MMF and ask for that donation to be allocated to the Ready2Learn Fund or to the provision of sanitary wear.
All funds managed by the Mamie Martin Fund are subject to the same governance as core funding; selection of pupils is made on the same basis, viz., of need only, and the girls’ welfare is overseen by the MMF Malawi Manager in the same way. Reporting is done to donors and major stakeholders once a year, usually in September/October.