How to Help

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Every denotation, no matter how big or small will help us reach are goals and help the children have an opportunity for life. All donations for specific a project are ring fenced and will be regarded as restricted funds.

100% of your donation will provide direct help to sustain and improve the children’s lives. Making that difference.

For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us fomouk@hotmail.com

Core Activities – Food – Education – Health – Running costs – Sports activities

Additional Projects – Secondary School Project – Skills Centre – Health Care – FOMO Centre – Blankets – Mosquito Nets – Electricity – Generator (Electricity) – Water – Boreholes – Water Tanks – Maize Mill – Farming and Market Gardens – Activity Area – Chickens – Container – Security Wall, Sports Stand

Introduction:

FOMO is a community-based programme and has a long-term aim, to make the FOMO Mulanje self-sufficient. The ultimate aim is for FOMO Mulanje to be in a position to meet the needs of the orphaned children and local community.

Our first priority, always, is to identify and feed the orphaned children most in need. From this base we can then attend to the children’s individual needs in respect to Food Security, Health Care, Educational Needs, Economic Prospects and Emotional Care.

Since the year 2000 the number of children attending the FOMO centres has risen from 20 to over 3500. With this increase in numbers it has been necessary to start to build an infrastructure and FOMO has opened 14 centres in Mulanje district, Malawi. The centres embrace about 90 rural villages and though the centre facilities vary, the aim at each centre is to build a structure to support FOMO’s activities:

  • Feeding Programme. **See note
  • Provision of Information (AIDS/HIV, Health, Legal).
  • Promote Personal Health Care. **See note
  • Promote Activity (Sport, Plays, Art, Music,Youth Group etc.).
  • Promote Learning (Play schools, & Open Learning , Formal and Informal Education). ** See note
  • Promote Life Skills.
  • Promote Task Based Skills (Formal and Informal Skills learning).
  • Promote Business Enterprises.
** Note: Funding for these items is urgent

The centres act as a meeting point for the children and a distribution centre for FOMO, i.e. blankets, mosquito nets, clothes, toys and activity equipment. FOMO also supports the children with health care, school fees and materials.

To fulfill our commitment to the children and further all FOMO objectives it is planned to raise funds to undertake development objectives. The plan will be reviewed continually and modified if the levels of donations don’t meet expectations and/or the children’s needs change.

Many thanks for your interest and I hope that these few pages on the web site inspire you to join us in helping the children.

Keith Woodworth, Co Founder and Secretary for FOMO UK


Core Activity Food Programme —Top

There is still a continuing need to provide extra food for the children to relieve their suffering. The support FOMO provides also helps to ease the burden born by the grandmothers and guardians, who, are faced with the additional burden of supporting members of their extended family, following the death of their children and/or relations.

  • To maintain the current food programme:
    • Food is provided daily during the week to the playschool and older children at the following FOMO centres Kumwamba – Gulumba – Kadewere – Mikoko – Mwamadi – Namijingo – Tambala – Chinyama – Sazola – Sona – Chole – Nessa, Nalawade
    • FOMO reaffirms its commitment to feed the children as a priority and to monitor the children’s needs throughout the year. All other programmes will be suspended if there is a further food crisis in Mulanje.

Core Activity School Fees:–Top

To maintain and expand the children’s educational support programme. (Presently we pay for 250 children to attend secondary school and further education)

Education is the way-out of the poverty trap, not all will go on to have paid employment, but the skills and knowledge gained at school will help produce better use of land and resources, bigger and more diverse produce and a building block for future generations. We need your help to fund the existing school fees and provide additional funds so more children can attend school. For £500 / $660 pre year you can help send a child to school and change a life.

Core Activity FOMO Running Costs —Top

FOMO Mulanje running costs (electricity, water, fuel, wages, centre running costs, food, health care, car, tax, transport, sports activities and insurance, etc.)

FOMO like any family has running costs, they are not high, less than a £5,000 per centre per year, but they are essential to the running of the programmes. If you can help by donating on a regular basis then as a family we can budget for the essentials. Get a friend to help as well.


Estimated costs have gone during, this is due to the nearly 100% increase in basic food and fuel prices and a current almost 30% inflation rate. The devalued pound and transport costs also means that all imported goods and materials costs have increased. 


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Additional Projects

    • Click – Secondary School Project (Priority)
    • Click – Skills Centre
    • Click – Health Care (Priority)
    • Click – FOMO Centre
    • Click – Blankets
    • Click – Mosquito Nets (Priority)
    • Click – Electricity
    • Click – Generator (Electricity)
    • Click – Water – Boreholes
    • Click – Water Tanks
    • Click – Maize Mill
    • Click – Farming and Market Gardens (Tractor etc)
    • Click – Activity Area
    • Click – Chickens
    • Click – Container (Priority)
    • Click – Security Wall
    • Click – Sports Stand and changing facilities (Priority)

 


Blankets–Top

  • Project – To provide a blanket to each child (3500) registered with FOMO
  • Benefit – Health
  • Estimated cost – £10 / $14 per blanket

FOMO in the past has provided some of the children with blankets, but it is our intention and desire to meet the needs of all the children by providing them with a blanket each. Many people think that Africa is hot, but due to the proximity of the mountain the temperature can drop quite dramatically for long periods. The children’s sleeping arrangements are normally very poor, sleeping on a simple grass mat on the floor with little in the way of covering. The blankets are the first step to directly improve the children’s sleeping conditions which will help alleviate some of the many health issues associated with sleeping on a mud floors.

It would be nice to provide everyone with a bed and a well-built house, but this is not a practical solution. In the most desperate cases FOMO has in the past provided new roofs and plastic sheeting for the house, but our aim is to help the children help themselves through education and health care. If you ask the children what they most want, they all say “a new blanket”. We can make the dream come true and help the children sleep more comfortably.


 Health Care (FORU)–Top

  • Project – To assess, educate and treat the medical needs of all children attending FOMO’s centres. (More than 3500 children + addition of around 500 adults). This project is up and running, but needs ongoing finical support.
  • Benefit – Humanitarian Aid – Local Employment – Education and Health Care
  • Estimated cost – £16,000 / $24,000 per year

Think of all the times you have been to the doctor, hospital or even your local chemist. Now imagine life without those facilities. Would you still be here to read this?

This is the daily life for many 1000’s of children and adults in Mulanje district, Malawi.

Add to this dire situation, TB, Malaria, Bilharzia, a catalogue of childhood diseases, poor diet and living conditions and you will be starting to appreciate the perils and suffering the people endure.

FORU’s primary role is to administer free health care, support and health education to children registered with FOMO, (Over 3500) and children affected by HIV/Aids.

FORU’s main objectives are to:

  • Ensure that each of the FOMO centres are capable of meeting the parental. Responsibility in terms of First Aid and basic health care.
  • Provide access to, and meet the costs of, professional health care via local clinics, and hospital facilities.
  • Provide access to health care information.
  • Provide education and counseling to the children and guardians
  • Provide training in first aid and basic health care.
  • Provide support for home care patients.
  • Provide access to the HIV/Aids treatment programme
  • Provide accommodation for HIV/Aids children during the drug stabilization period.

You can help to alleviate the suffering and save life’s by donating funds to the programme.


Skills Centre–Top

  • Project – To build and run a Trade School offering a wide variety of basic skills.
  • Benefit – Educational Development – Local Employment – Income Generating.
  • Estimated cost – This would be a phased build, but the total cost would be in the region of £150,000 / $210,000

FOMO would like all children to receive a formal education and go on to the University, Tech school or Trade schools, but the reality is that there are not enough places or funding. FOMO can only do it’s bit, until the economy of the country improves significantly. To this end we have started a computer school, reading and machine sewing classes, gardening and chicken projects,, but we would like to expand the skills we offer by opening an educational workshop unit in the heart of the rural community, which would offer trade skills.


Electricity–Top

  • Project – To provide mains electricity to the FOMO centres and local community
  • Benefit – Improved Centre Facilities – Local Employment
  • Estimated cost – The cost will be different for each centres as it will depend on the proximity of the main power grid. If you wish to help fund this project we will obtain a quote from ESCOM the local electricity provider.

At present FOMO only has mains electricity at FOMO Kumwamba and FOMO Mwamadi. Though we have an equally impressive buildings located in the rural areas there is no main supply electricity. The provision of electric power to the centre would bring great benefit, and by paying for the setup cost of the transformer etc. would also allow the local village to benefit from the resource.

The power would allow a centre to be fully operational, provide improved facilities and allow for expansion of services to the community and children. The project would also give access to electricity to the local community for the first time, promoting rural development, health education through radio and generally improve their quality of life. It gets dark between 6:00 o’clock and 6:30 everyday; even an electric light would provide great benefits for education.


Maize Mill–Top

  • Project – To build a Maize Mill
  • Benefit – Local employment.
    • Some income for FOMO Mulanje.
    • The local community with easy access to a milling facility.
    • Saving time and effort
    • FOMO with free milling, food for the orphans.
    • The children with additional free time to be children and reduce their daily burden.
  • Estimated cost – £15,000 / $22,500 per mill

One of FOMO’s long-term objectives is to enable FOMO Mulanje to have some financial independence to enable them to meet immediate needs of the community, and provide local income and employment.

Though there are few enterprises that have not been exploited to some small extent. Maize Mills are a vital part of the lives of a community, which relies mostly on subsistent farming.

The cost of a Maize Mill, is beyond the means of the community, individually or collectively. This often means that the people, quite often children, have to walk a considerable distance to have the staple food maize, de-husked and milled. Only small amounts of maize are ground at a time due to the need to preserve it maize through the year. This means that the journey to and from the mill is a daily chore for the children which gives little time for play or homework. The alternative is to, pound the maize in the traditional way, which is not only time consuming, but is very hard work, leaving little energy or time for anything else.

FOMO has built and operates one mill, but FOMO would like to purchase a series of maize mills, which will benefit the orphans, local community.:


Farming and Market Gardens–Top

  • Project – To develop the farm and market garden we need to invest in agriculture machines.
  • Benefit – Increased food production, Education resource, Local Employment, Transport
  • Estimated cost – £30,000 – £40,000 / $41,000 to $78,000

To develop the farm and market garden we need to invest in agriculture machines.

  • Tractor
  • Two furrow plough
  • Disc harrow
  • Trailer

FOMO has a plot of land which produces two main crops, of maize and chickpeas. We also have vegetable gardens at many of the FOMO centres. The tractor will not only be used to increase food production for the FOMO children, but will be able to be used by the local community to increase land use. A tractor is ideal for this work as it is able to navigate the country tracks during the rainy season.


Container–Top

  • Project – To fill and send one 40 ft container annually
  • Benefit – Provides support for FOMO’s activities and development
  • Estimated cost – £8,000 / $12,000 per container

To send a 40ft container from the UK filled with items either too expensive or unobtainable in Malawi. The items range from child packs and play ground toys to new clothing, computers, furniture, generators etc all of which will help to further FOMO’s activities in Mulanje.

If you can help by financing the container’s filling costs, it would be appreciated.

 


Water – Boreholes–Top

  • Project – Improved access to clean water
  • Benefit – Social, Education and Improved Health
  • Estimated cost
    • By hand £1,500 / $2,250 (Limited applications)
    • By Machine £5,500 / $8.250

It goes without saying, but I will anyway, clean water is essential to a healthy life. Easy access is an added bonus,  since 2006 we have installed 20 boreholes and repaired several other. Many more are needed which will both help the local community and the children directly. People mainly children have to walk a considerable distance to get water and a local borehole will increase their free time and provide clean, safe water.


FOMO Centre–Top

  • Project – To provide a purpose build building to use as a FOMO centre.
  • Benefit
    • Improve or establish basic facilities
    • Provide local services
      • Employment
      • Education
      • Health
  • Estimated cost – £60,000 / $90,000 per centre

Note: We have built a smaller center at FOMO Mikoko cost £20,000 / $30,000 this is based on the main building and can be expanded as funds become available.

Exiting Centers Completed:

  • Kumwamba  2003, Kadewere 2005, Mwamadi  2006, Tambala  2007,  Namijingo 2008, Mikoko 2012, Chole 2015
  • 8 more needed

To build identical facilities at Galumba, Sona, Sazola, Nalawade, Nessa and Mangani   villages, (The buildings will consist of a hall, office, store, kitchen & toilets. The building will act as a meeting and feeding centre for the growing number of children, some centres have over 300 children. The buildings will also facilitate the existing play school programme, and learning activities)

In many parts of the world we have community halls, which are or have been the hub of the village activities. In rural Malawi no such building exists, life is about making it to the next day.

The buildings provide a valuable service to the children, not just in the immediate village, but also from many villages close by. Many of the older children walk over five miles to the main centre to use the facilities there, computers, library etc. To make the facilities available to everyone we need a purpose-built building that can be adapted to meet changing needs.

The building is a major investment, but one we have experienced before, we are confident that we have the support of the local community and each village has given a plot of land for a new centre. With your help and the local communities’ commitment we can provide this valuable service.


Activity Area–Top

  • Project – To build Pre-school activity areas. (Climbing frames, swings, seesaw etc.)
  • Benefit –  Facility Improvements – Education Development.
  • Estimated cost – £5,000 / $7,500 per activity areas.

Play as we all know is very important to a child’s development and every child likes to play, children in Mulanje are no different. What we would like to provide is an adventure playground that can be used by the local children, children attending the centre and a resource for the proposed school and under five nursery school. There is nothing like this in Mulanje and some of the materials can be found locally, but things like slides, construction bolts and safety/climbing-netting need to be purchased.

With a little bit of imagination and the use of local people to build this equipment we will be able to keep the costs down.


Security Wall–Top

  • Project – To to build a security wall around each centre and the school
  • Benefit – Facility improvements, educational, local employment and food production
  • Estimated cost – TBA per centre, but it would be in the region of £10,000 / $15,000 per center

Maybe not the most glamorous of projects, but a wall around the centre would allow us to develop other activities at the centre i.e. Chickens, vegetable garden, children’s secure play area etc


Chickens–Top

  • Project – To expand the chicken (layers) programme to all centres.
  • Benefit – Facility Improvements, Educational Development and food production.
  • Estimated cost – £1,000 / $1500

The existing project needs to at least triple in size and the provision of the resource to be expanded to the other FOMO centres.

This project will act as a training resource for the children and local community. The addition of an incubator will provide local access to day-old-chicks so the individuals may start their own production facility. If the production of eggs more than meets the needs of the children then any excess will be sold to cover the cost of feed and salaries.

Our aim is not to compete with local enterprise but to make the centres self-sufficient and provide a service to the local community that does not already exist locally.


Mosquito Nets —Top

  • Project – To provide a Mosquito Net to protect all 5000 FOMO children.
  • Benefit –  Health
  • Estimated cost – £5.00 / $7.5 per net

Mosquitos and the Malaria they carry are a constant threat to the children’s survival. For less than the cost of a take away the children’s exposure to malaria can be dramatically reduced.

A number of years ago we provided all our children with a Mosquito net, but they don’t last for ever and it is once again time to supply the children with this essential heath aid.

You can help by donating to the Mosquito Net fund and help save life’s.


Water Tanks —Top

  • Project – To provide rain water collection tanks and guttering at FOMO centres
  • Benefit – Health,  Gardening, Clothes Washing and Toilets
  • Estimated cost – £1,000 / $1,500 per building and includes:
      • 2 x Tanks, Guttering, Groundwork, plumbing, labour, Transport and fuel

Water at certain times of the year is a major problem. Part of the centre development plan is to add a rainwater harvesting system that will collect water from the roof, and then store the water for use in the gardening projects, clothes washing and toilets

Rainwater is captured from the roof(s), and brought to a central point, via normal guttering and down-pipes, to enter a storage tank where it is filtered on entry and then piped away for use..

As the location specific average rainfall can only be estimated,  the size of the tank will be determined more on the availability and cost. It is proposed that in the initial phase  2 x 5,000 litre tanks are installed, if the water collected is less than use then additional tanks can be added.

Boreholes are still needed to provide safe drinking water, but the water collection project will supplement the water supply for washing, laundry, toilets garden and general use.

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Generator (Electricity) —Top

  • Project – To provide electrical generators to FOMO centres.
  • Benefit – Extends the day, which has both social and educational benefits.
  • Estimated cost – £5,000 / $7,500 per generator

The provision of generators will allow the children to study new subjects. It goes dark at 6:00 pm and the provision of electricity will expend the children’s time at the centre to allow them to read and complete there home work.

Electricity will also open up the opportunity for adult education, night classes.

Note: In the past we have also loaned our existing generator to the hospital to run the maternity ward as theirs was broken.


Secondary School Project —Top

  • Project – To expand the facilities and benefits of the FOMO Secondary School.
  • Benefit – Education, Employment
  • Estimated cost – See below – depends on project

There are several aspects to the project:

  • Provide school fees and resources for the children
    • To expand the schools facilities:
      • Provide both boys Hostels £75,000 / $120,000
      • Provide a additional block, (4 Classrooms) £35,000 / $52,500
      • Provide Kitchen Block, £10,000 / $15,000)
      • Equip the school kitchen cost TBA
      • Equip and stock the science block £10,000 / $15,000
      • Equip and stock the library (new books and educational material £8,000 / $12,000
      • Expand the computer facilities cost TBA
      • Provide running cost for the school £50,000 / $75,000

Education is the best gift we can give.

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School Block


Sports Stand Top

  • Project – To provide changing facilities and stand
  • Benefit – Education, Entertainment, Support to male and female sport
  • Estimated cost – £15,000 / $20,000
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