What Mamie Martin Do…
The Mamie Martin Fund supports the secondary education of girls in schools run by the Synod of Livingstonia in Northern Malawi.
Fees raised by supporters of the Fund are used to provide school fees for girls who have gained a place at a Synod school, but who cannot afford the fees.
Currently, the school fees for each girl cost approximately £300 each year. The fees primarily cover tuition, boarding and textbook fees, but also contribute towards uniform, travel, medical and exam costs.
In 2016/17, the Mamie Martin Fund has committed to supporting 80 girls:
- 13 girls at Elangeni Secondary school
- 33 girls at Karonga Girls Secondary School
- 33 girls at Bandawe Girls Secondary School
- 1 girl at Embangweni Secondary School for the Deaf
Benadeta Elvas Singini
Benadeta was selected to attend Ekwendeni Girls Secondary but struggled with her school fees because her parents died when she was in standard 6.
The Mamie Martin Fund provided her school fees from 2004-7. In 2010 she was selected to go to college at TATCOT in Tanzania, and with the help of 500 Miles, finished her 3 year diploma with distinction in 2013. She is now working as an Orthopaedic Technician in Mzuzu Central Hospital
Stella is an orphan from Chilumba, Karonga where she stays with her grandparents. She is a former MMF beneficiary from KAronga Girls Secondary School from 2007-10. She is currently in her final year at the University of Malawi, Kamuzu college of Nursing, studying a BSc in Nursing & Midwifery
Shallom is a Monitoring & Evaluation Officer at Find Your Feet, a food security Programme in Mzuzu. She studied at the University of Malawi, the Chancellor College and successfully finished her BSc in Social Sciences in 2014, owing it to the support the Mamie Martin Fund provided for her secondary education at Ekwendeni Girls. It is Shallom’s dream that one day she will suport someone she doesn’t know who from the same institution.
“I thank Mamie Martin Fund so much because, by the time I was stranded, if couldn’t help me I don’t know where I could have been by now…”
– Benadeta Elvas Singini
The Mamie Martin Fund does not send material items from Scotland to Malawi. If a donation is made specifically for material items, these are sourced in Malawi so that the country received the economic benefit.
Although boys in Malawi also require support through their secondary education, the Mamie Martin Fund only supports girls.
The Mamie Martin Fund has, in the past, been able to support the building of hostels and teachers’ houses at the schools, however this was due to specific grants and donations made to the Fund. At the present time, the Board have decided to focus on the core purpose of the charity, which is to provide school fees for those girls in need.
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