H.E.L.P. (Hope, Educate, Love and Protect) Malawi is a non-profit NGO that is dedicated to sustainable primary education in impoverished African regions. Its model trains community members to become inspiring teachers while improving the level of education in primary schools. H.E.L.P. Malawi ensures that all students are provided with the necessary nutrition and healthcare that they need to receive an excellent education and a happy, healthy childhood. H.E.L.P. Malawi has partnered with Wilderness Safaris and the Wilderness Wildlife Trust to bring its vision of rural development to the most remote regions in Africa.
It currently supports Nanthomba School near Liwonde National Park. The students at the Nanthomba Full Primary School are primarily local orphans, children from local villages, and children of National Park employees. Originally, the school began with 320 pupils. To date, due to the eagerness and excitement of an education, the school has over 850 students. H.E.L.P. Malawi, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, assists this school and three other community schools (Kavunguti, Kafulafula, and Mlambe) with teacher aides. H.E.L.P. Malawi also provides teachers with stipends and training, which contribute to the upgraded educational standards of the facility. H.E.L.P. has recruited assistant teachers to address the shortage of teachers, due to the high enrolment in the four schools.
Both H.E.L.P. Malawi’s vehicles were inoperable and beyond repair. It was thus essential that a reliable vehicle was procured; the Wilderness Trust funded some of the cost for this vehicle and Mvuu Lodge has continued to donate vehicle maintenance and care.
The overall aim for the grant is to procure a safe and reliable vehicle for H.E.L.P. Malawi programmes and projects. With a new vehicle in place H.E.L.P. Malawi will be able to be more effective in the following areas:
• Ensuring deliveries to Mvuu Camp and Lodge (such as vegetable produce) from the community, as income-earning initiatives, are consistent.
• Assist H.E.L.P. Malawi staff members to procure essential materials and transport supplies and goods to complete community building projects and school support projects.
• The vehicle will also be used to transport staff to and from meetings in Lilongwe and, in the case of emergency, health care transport to clinics.
• Ride-sharing with Mvuu Camp/Lodge staff when travelling to/from Lilongwe or other areas on business.