Hannah McVicar in Malawi

A letter from Hannah McVicar in Malawi

Edited version of a letter from Hannah

Hello Everyone!

This is Hannah McVicar calling from Malawi. Last year, you kindly provided me with funding to come out and support the children living here, as part of a Project Trust placement.

It has been ten months since I moved to Malawi and I am writing to update you all on how I am doing.

I am living in Yamikani Child Care Institution, which is an orphanage based in Limbe just outside Blantyre. It is home to nineteen beautiful children and for the last nine months, my home too. Currently, there are fourteen girls and five boys, ranging from the ages of two to nineteen. There is one other volunteer from Project Trust staying with me in a side wing of the orphanage.

Yamikani is a self-sufficient institution. Everything cooked for the children is either grown in our garden or in their fields nearby. Other essentials are mainly provided through donations from outside parties. This includes everything from the all-important mosquito nets the children use, to the swings in the grounds outside. The main director of Yamikani is a woman named Shaheena Omar who has done a great deal for the orphanage and the children. We also have Doreen, our administrator who works in the house every day and helps with the budgeting and running of the institution. Doreen also helps us with holding Church ceremonies and running our activity days.

As volunteers, our role here is to provide emotional support for the children and oversee the orphanage and make sure it is running well. We also have other responsibilities such as tutoring the children and helping them with their school work on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Malawi is a beautiful country and its’ people even more so. The children here at Yamikani are more like a big family, with everyone looking out for each other. Everyone here is so friendly and positive and the fact they have been so welcoming has made it much easier for me to move here. It definitely earns its name as the ‘warm heart of Africa’.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and I hope to update you again later on in the year.

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