The Chinthowa Development Trust - Caring For Orphans in Malawi Every Penny Counts Every Penny Counts Focus upon sustainable development, education and looking
after the many orphans in the area.
The Chinthowa Development Trust - Caring For Orphans in Malawi YOUR MONEY MAKING A REAL
The Chinthowa Development Trust - Caring For Orphans in Malawi WE Focus upon ORPHANS, EDUCATION & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WE Focus upon ORPHANS, EDUCATION & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The Chinthowa Development Trust
Helping Orphans in Malawi, Africa

The Chinthowa Development Trust is a small charity based in North Warwickshire that works in Malawi, Africa.  Our primary function is the care of orphans within the villages of Chinthowa, Mpani, Njolo and Majiga located some 50 miles west of the capital of Lilongwe.  We operate on the principal that ‘EVERY PENNY COUNTS’.  Our volunteers, work for free, we do not pay salaries or expenses, every penny donated goes to the benefit of the villages and orphans.

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We care for over 250 orphans in the village of Chinthowa, Malawi. Each orphan receives financial support and education until they finish school.



We have built a school in the village of Chinthowa and provide education and a meal for over 1,200 students daily.



Our aim is to help the village of Chinthowa to become a self-sufficient community able to look after all of its inhabitants.


Chinthowa is a small village about 30 miles from any pathed road and around 50 miles from the capital Lilongwe.

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Clean & Safe Water

We have built 6 bore holes in and around the village of Chinthowa to provide clean, disease free water to the villagers.

Orphan Support

There are over 250 orphans in the village of Chinthowa. We support these children, providing them with shelter, food and education.

Education & Training

Since building the school in 2012 we provide education and a meal for over 1,200 students each day.

Sustainable Agriculture & Development

We are working with farmers to help improve the productivity of the land, irrigation, water conservation and diversity of crops, helping make the area more self-sufficient.


Children In Our Feeding Program
Orphans Recieving Financial & Education Support
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Caring for the orphans of Chinthowa and surrounding areas.

In Chinthowa and the neighbouring villages there are several hundred children; the average family size is 4 children, they are of happy disposition, enjoying playing games, dancing, singing and laughing and joking at every opportunity.

We are caring for an ever increasing number of orphans through the Trust’s sponsorship scheme, all children are cared for within the family environment, we do not run an orphanage, the support is given to the whole family.  We help support the families who take on the responsibility of looking after the orphans. Orphans are sponsored by people in the UK generally who donate £5 per month. Each orphan has two sponsors and £10 per month is enough to help the families with food, soap and educational fees if the orphan goes to Secondary School.

HOW TO SPONSOR AN ORPHAN We have a number of children who need sponsors, if you feel that you can help us, please contact Brian or Margaret Ingram on 01827 704858.

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Help the Chinthowa Development Trust by shopping online.

Using easyfundraising while you shop can help the charity get cashback on your purchases. It does not cost you any extra to shop using easyfundraising and helps provide the Chintowa Development Trust with useful additional funds.   Many online retailers help support charities through this method of online shopping.  If you intend to make a purchase from one of the shops below (and many others included) please sign up for an easyfundraising account using the link below.   You can then use the links to retailers on the easyfundraising page and shop as you would normally.  Once you make a purchase with a participating retailer this will activate a donation that will go straight to the charity.  Your help is much appreciated.

You can now also help the Trust when you shop online by choosing to shop at : smile.amazon.co.uk

How to use your Amazon Smile account so that the Trust benefits:

  1. Go to Amazon online as usual.
  2. Hover over ‘Your Account’ and select ‘Your Amazon Smile’
  3. Select ‘pick your own charity’ and enter ‘Chinthowa Development Trust’ and then select as your chosen charity.
  4. When shopping with Amazon, you will now need to shop at: smile.amazon.co.uk. When you do so, you still shop with Amazon, you pay no more, but Amazon donates 0.5% per purchase to the Trust.
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We keep in regular contact with the village via telephone and email.

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Providing education for all the children of Chinthowa and surrounding areas.

In June of 2009, we began the construction of a Primary School in the village of Chinthowa. All of the work was carried out by local people who were taught bricklaying and carpentry.  Skills that have been useful to them since this project has finished.  The school now means that the children no longer face a 7km walk to school, which for the very young ones was very tiring and can be quite dangerous. With such large numbers attending the school we are now embarking on a second phase of building to relieve the overcrowding in the classroom and expand the classes to years 7 and 8.

Sustainable development and agriculture.

We have several schemes in progress at the moment in the area of irrigation, from supplying treadle pumps, to the construction of small dams to create lakes for fish farming and general irrigation. We have a brilliant young graduate working on further developing this area of our work.

We are currently developing small cooperatives in order to increase efficiency and maximise potential yields following the introduction of various programmes of crop diversification and crop rotation, which now allows the villagers to utilise the land 12 months of the year. This is an ongoing project, we are now looking into the manufacture of organic fertilizers, which should result in the cooperatives being able to sell these products in a larger market.

Chinthowa family come to look at their crops.


Our work focusses upon the village of Chinthowa in Malawi.  We care for over 200 orphans and help provide education and food for over 1,000 children from the village and surrounding areas.  Our aim is to provide long term effective help in the area and we are working with farmers to create a sustainable development program.

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Providing Medicines & Medical Equipment

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Caring for the Elderly


Help the Chinthowa Development Trust by making a donation.

How We Help The People Of Chinthowa

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Caring for orphans

There are over 250 orphans in the village of Chinthowa. Malaria and HIV have had a devastating effect on the adult popuation in Malawi, frequently leaving their children without any carers.

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Sustainable Agriculture

We are working with local farmers to improve the productivity of their land and diversify their crops away from unstable markets for cash crops and towards providing local produce for local markets.

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Malaria Control

We provide mosquito nets that cost £6 each for all the villagers of Chinthowa helping to reduce the number of malaria related deaths and infections. For those taht contract malaria we also provide medication.

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Fresh Water Wells

We have provided 6 deep bore holes to provide clean and safe drinking water for the villages around Chinthowa, helping to reduce the number of water-borne disease.

Schooling & Education

We sponsor over 250 orphans through their education and provide schooling to over 1,200 children daily. We also offer bursaries for futher education for the children in the village.

Healthcare & Medicine

Our focus is on disease prevention, by providing mosquito nets and access to clean water. We also provide the local health centre with medicines, wheelchairs, and consumables.

The Chinthowa Development Trust is a UK based charity dedicated to providing education, clean water and food to the orphans of Chinthowa, Malawi

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Administration Fees

All of our volunteers give their time freely and we pay no expenses or salaries to any of our administrators.

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Sustainable Development

We aim to help the people of Chinthowa become a self sustaining community through investing in education, agriculture & disease prevention.

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Focus Upon Orphans

Our primary aim is to provide support and education for the many orphans of the village & surrounding area.

Your Money Used Wisely

We are a small charity with no overheads. Your money goes where it is needed and is invested in the local Chinthowa area.