Jack and Phyllis Thompson first arrived in Malawi in 1970 when Jack was appointed as a teacher at Livingstonia Secondary School and they both became fully involved in the life of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia. Through classroom teaching, historical research, postgraduate supervision, educational leadership and, above all, through the friendships they formed with Malawian colleagues and students, Jack and Phyllis made an impact that will long be cherished. Jack died in 2017 and Phyllis in 2018, their loss greatly mourned both in Malawi and in the UK.
In recognition of their lives and work, the Thompson Scholarship Fund was launched to provide the opportunity of a secondary education to girls who would otherwise miss out due to lack of means. Three girls, Funny, Deborah and Mary, started on this scholarship in September 2019 at Embangweni Secondary School for Deaf Children. A fourth girl is being supported by the Thompson Fund from January 2021.
Funny, Deborah, Mary, are three of the four girls being supported at secondary school in Malawi by the Thompson Fund, administered by the Mamie Martin Fund.
Both Jack and Phyllis supported education in Malawi throughout their lives and were acutely aware of the need for financial support to girls and young women at secondary school and university. Any funding which directly enables girls to stay at school makes a difference to their lives, the lives of their present and future families and, we all hope, to the Nation.