The Chinthowa Development Trust

The Chinthowa Development Trust is a small charity working in the UK and Malawi.   Our journey began in 2001 when Margaret and Brian were moved by the poverty and hunger that was spreading through Africa at that time.   Initially the aim was to raise £500 to send out to Malawi, it soon became apparent that this would be woefully inadequate and so the formation of the Trust began.   While much has been accomplished, thanks to the support of our dedicated trustees, countless individuals, schools, churches groups, organisations and the business sector, much remains to be achieved.

The Trust was founded on the principles that, we would pay no salaries or expenses, and that all overheads would be paid from our own pockets, these remain our core principles.

We are a registered charity

UK Charity Commission Number 1122548

There are no administrative charges, all volunteers work for free and cover their own expenses. Every penny raised is used for the benefit of the orphans and the villages.  Visits to Chinthowa by Trustees of the charity are paid for out of their own pockets.

We ask support from anyone who will listen, local schools, Churches, charitable organisations, friends, relatives and neighbours.
The Trust is registered with the government in Malawi, CONGOMA C1023/2016, this recognises us as a Non Governmental Organisation.

History of the charity.

Our Beginnings

In 2001 we met the Mdala family from Malawi. Flora was a nurse and had come to England to work in the NHS. This was to enable her to send money back home to start a school in her ancestral village of Chinthowa. Her husband Stanley was working in security and their daughter aged 10 years was attending our local school.

We invited them to our home and were eager to learn what life was like for the poorer people of Malawi. During the next couple of years Malawi like all of Sub- Saharan suffered from famine so severe that the people were eating grass and roots. Informaly, we asked friends and family if they would like to help the village of Chinthowa, they readily agreed and money was sent to the village to supply them with maize, cooking oil and blankets.

In order that we could really understand what was happening in Chinthowa, Flora sent out an old second hand camcorder for them to show us the village and their lifestyle. We could see their farming methods, the water hole, the houses and children having some lessons under a tree given by one of the young men who had received secondary education. The schools were too far away for young children to walk there. One of the scenes should an old woman with 8 children around her, we were told that these were some of the orphans of the village and she looked after them. The orphans were allowed to collect the scrapings of the floor in the flour mill and the old lady would make it into maize porridge. This was the only help they had.

chinthowa development Trust Feeding programme