The H.E.A.R.T. Project (Health Education And Rural Training) is based in what was once The Heart Motel, the first tourist accommodation in Malawi. Between 1969 and 2006 Mr Phillips Amiyako ("tower of support") and his family provided a warm welcome to travellers and locals alike. A 10 minute walk from Nkhata Bay Township in Kakumbi village, the Heart Motel has not operated for some six years now but the unused buildings and land have been offered by the Phillips family for community use.
The H.E.A.R.T project is structured to ensure it becomes a sustainable project to serve the community by developing a Pre-School Nursery, a Training Centre and a Childrens Home. The site is ideally situated and large enough to host 3 differing but mutually beneficial activities.
Pre School Nursery
AIM: To provide locally based access to early years child development and Nursery, Grade 1 and 2 education to the children of Kakumbi Village.
For all children from the age 4 years, the Pre-school will make it a lot easier for the young children of Kakumbi village and surrounding areas to access education. They currently have to walk to town schools or schools in the neighbouring villages such as Chikale 3 km away.
The school will offer class lessons, early child development lessons, play facilities and breakfast for all nursery age school (grade 1 and grade 2) children.
A temporary Nursery was completed in November 2013 at Kakumbi. Built to meet an urgent local neeed the school will give an education to 30 children who currently have no local facility. Thanks to all those that provided funds and those that got their hands dirty in November 2013. Check out the video here http://youtu.be/WkfAYL1Hchg
How you can help
The site is ready to be developed, plans and costings drawn up, volunteer labour force in place and tutors lined up. Funding is needed to buy the materials to renovate the current structure and build a permanent nursery and training centre.
If you can support the HEART Project, please contact us and we will send you detailed information including recommendation and approvals from the Malawi government.
AIM: To create job opportunities and support entrepreneurship through rural education in practical artisan skills in order to empower young people.
For all young people either in or out of education, the centre will provide greatly needed opportunities for the youth of the area to learn practical trade and entrepreneurial skills. Experienced skilled tutors will run workshops in trades such as Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrics, Construction, Painting, Decorating, Welding, Gardening and Tailoring.
The centre will produce products and services for sale/hire which are in demand in the area. At the end of their course trainees will be supported into employment or to set up their own small businesses.
AIM: To educate, shelter and provide a home for orphaned and other vulnerable children.
Children's Home is the preferred term for an orphanage in Malawi but in our case describes a home not only for orphans but also other vulnerable children that will benefit from the services offered.
The home will not only offer shelter and accommodation, meals, clothing and care for children living at the converted Heart Motel but will also provide outreach support
families in need in the community.
At HOPE-malawi we believe what's more important to a child, beyond food and shelter, is a feeling that they belong. Every child needs and deserves to feel that they are loved and accepted among others.