Newsletter November 2008 November 2008 Volume 2 Issue 10 Scottish Government Funding for Malawi Projects Government Page 1 Funding In the midst of global economic turmoil, They include: Scotland continues to play its part inter-- For sustainable economic development, SMP Dates Page 2 nationally by promoting sustainable £340,000 to improve land management growth in Malawi. On Monday 20th Oc- and provide renewable energy to villages Global Village Page 3 tober the Scottish Government released in Malawi, ensuring better food security Challange details of who has been successful in and more sustainable local economies. attaining funding as part of its Malawi The Aberdeen-based Macaulay Institute SMP Page 5 Membership Development Programme. is to work with Entech, a Malawi environ- ment organisation, on developing the SMP Member Page 5 Minister for Europe, External Affairs and technologies, including the use of ethical Needs Survey Culture Linda Fabiani has given the go- bio-fuels made from trees. ahead to 29 projects that cover all four 2008 Fashion Page 6 areas of the Co-operation Agreement - For civil society development, Show with Malawi: sustainable economic de- £369,596 to Tearfund Scotland, to build Marathon des Page 7 velopment, governance and civil society on their work with street children and Sables development, health and education. other orphaned and vulnerable children and target over 200 children who have Tartans for Page 8 Ms Fabiani said: "By supporting these come into conflict with the law, working Africa Event projects, Scotland is contributing to the with representatives of the court, legal, Wilderness Page 9 global fight against poverty. The pro- social work and police services. Journeys jects focus on sustainable economic - For health, £372,832 to Oxfam Scot- growth and building the skills and ca- land who work with local communities in School Page 10 pacity of Malawi to grow and prosper - Malawi to assist the most vulnerable Partnerships key priorities for the Government of Ma- people affected by HIV, enabling them to lawi. This funding is good news for Scot- develop more sustainable livelihoods, Call for Items Page 10 land, for Malawi and for the world. engage in enterprise and exercise their rights in gaining access to appropriate About the Page 11 "When I visited Malawi earlier this year, health services. SMP I was impressed by the dedication of - For education, £69,500 to Global Con- the many Scottish organisations whose cerns Trust to provide carpentry, tailoring projects have been funded by the Scot- and other vocational training for adults tish Government, and by the difference with disabilities, working through com- their work is making to the people of munity-based projects with the Malawi Malawi." Council for the Handicapped. The train- ees will receive certified training, entre- All the projects are strongly supported preneurial skills and start up tools." by the Government of Malawi who have been involved in the discussions throughout this funding round, which A full list of projects funded by the latest when added to existing projects, totals round can be found on page 2. £3.133 million. November 2008 Scotland Malawi Partnership Newsletter Page 2 Volume 2, Issue 10 Malawi Development Programme 2008 - Funding Allocations: (1) GOVERNANCE/ CIVIL SOCIETY STRAND ∗ TEARFUND SCOTLAND: Total: £369,596 over 3 financial years ∗ SCOTTISH CHURCHES WORLD EXCHANGE: Total: £302,205 over 3 financial years ∗ THE ACTIVE LEARNING CENTRE: Total: £165,792.57 over 3 financial years ∗ SCOTTISH POLICE COLLEGE: Total: £117,479 over 3 financial years ∗ THE INSP FOUNDATION: Total: £93,300 over 3 financial years ∗ CHALLENGES WORLDWIDE: Total: £20,743 in financial year 2008-09 (2) SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRAND ∗ IMANI ENTERPRISE: Total: £400,000 over 3 financial years ∗ EQUAL EXCHANGE: Total: £398,327 over 3 financial years ∗ MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE: Total: £338,747 over 3 financial years ∗ OPPORTUNITY INTERNATIONAL UK: Total: £351,540 over 2 financial years ∗ SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE: Total: £307,351 over 3 financial years ∗ UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE: Total: £137,638 over 3 financial years ∗ THE MOFFAT CENTRE: Total: £119,790 over 2 financial years ∗ SCOTLAND MALAWI BUSINESS GROUP: Total: £12,835 in financial year 2008-09 (3) HEALTH STRAND ∗ CONCERN WORLDWIDE: Total: £400,000 over 3 financial years ∗ WAVERLEY CARE: Total: £399,595 over 3 financial years ∗ UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH: Total: £397,643 over 3 financial years ∗ CHRISTIAN AID: Total: £393,250 over 3 financial years ∗ OXFAM SCOTLAND: Total: £372,832 over 2 financial years ∗ UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF SCOTLAND: Total: £251,000 over 3 financial years ∗ UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS: Total: £252,000 over 3 financial years (4) EDUCATION STRAND ∗ LINK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SCOTLAND: Total: £400,000 over 3 financial years ∗ SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL RELIEF: Total: £400,000 over 3 financial years ∗ UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE: Total: £183,259 over 3 financial years ∗ DEAF ACTION: Total: £123,734 over 3 financial years ∗ STENHOUSE PRIMARY SCHOOL: Total: £115,000 over 3 financial years ∗ THE GLOBAL CONCERNS TRUST: Total: £69,500 over 3 financial years ∗ MALAWI TOMORROW: Total: £59,925 over 2 financial years SMP Meetings and Events this November: 06 November: Board Meeting. Edinburgh City 20 November: Higher Education Committee meet- Chambers, 18:00 ing. Edinburgh City Chambers, 18:00 08 November: Speed Networking Event for Scottish 26 November: Cross Party Group on Malawi Schools with Malawi links. Holyrood Secondary (focusing on pharmaceuticals in Malawi). Scottish School, Glasgow, 09:30 Parliament, Committee Room 3, 13:00 13 November: Wilderness Journeys event (see page 28 November: Health Committee meeting. St An- 9). The Henderson Gallery, Edinburgh, 18:00 drews House, 10:30 November 2008 Scotland Malawi Partnership Newsletter Page 3 Volume 2, Issue 10 Interfaith in Action: Global Village Challenge It was with great excitement that the ‘Hope into Homes’ team met at Edinburgh airport for their first experience of a Habitat for Humanity (HFH) build in an African country. As an interfaith group, our team included members from the Muslim and Christian traditions and others of no specific tradition. Working together was to be an expression of our common concern for housing needs, and our time together proved that we were able to express our faith as bricks were laid, and mud was put in the mortar joints. Our travel took us through Heathrow and Nairobi, and after an unexpected delay in Nairobi, we even- tually arrived in Lilongwe. Marcus Christopher, the global village coordinator for Malawi, was there to meet us. His commitment to not just our team, but the work of HFH was impeccable and his attention to detail could not be faulted. evenings we tried out the various restaurants to be found within walking distance, in Lilongwe. After a good nights sleep, we were ready to start our daily routine, which involved leaving for the site at eight o’clock. On arrival, the foundations were in, and the corner posts built, so, after brief introduc- tions, on went the gloves, and with trowels in hand each person learnt how to lay bricks. There were other tasks to be done: piling up bricks, fetching water, cooking and keeping the site tidy. A gazebo had been put up to give us shelter when rest was needed, and Marcus had made sure that we were adequately supplied with bottled water. Our lodgings were at Crescent guesthouse, run by Lunch was cooked at Violet’s house, one of the Naila and Ike, who not only took care of our bed home owners, and then collected by Thomas, the and breakfast needs, but also organised the wash- HFH driver. After hand-washing, each person filled ing of our laundry, helped change our money, and their plates which the menu on offer, which varied took care of our valuables. The accommodation from day to day, but the staple being nsima, maize was in two houses, with eight people staying in one porridge. house and three in the other. Breakfast was taken together, and for the first three nights dinner was Children regularly visited the site to see the latest cooked for us in the guesthouse, and the other “mzungos” and songs were taught, and colouring November 2008 Scotland Malawi Partnership Newsletter Page 4 Volume 2, Issue 10 books torn up so that each had a design to colour in. A football was quickly bought so we could have a kick around after lunch. The house we were working on had just two rooms, and was known as “the house that grows”, for once the homeowner had paid back the loan, the house could then be extended. As the walls of the two- room house grew, so too did our understanding of Malawi life, through conversations with the builders and informative visits to a crisis centre for babies under 12 months, an orphanage for secondary aged girls, a primary school, and an informal hous- ing (slum) area. Such visits enabled the team to make links between the need for better housing, and the impact a small decent home can have on Catholic Father, Fr Claude from Canada, and a the life of a family. The group also visited Lucy who, member of the White Fathers order. As a centre of with her husband Patrick and their two small chil- excellence for the training of carvers and artists, it dren, would own and live in the home we were provided a haven of rest and pleasure, in round building. Lucy’s contribution to the build was mak- houses, highly decorated with traditional designs ing sure sufficient water was on site for the build- and images of the local culture. Fr Claude spoke of ers, carrying water from the nearby stream. We the interfaith work carried out in the centre through heard how the loan repayments would be 25% less the arts, and we were privileged to experience the than what she was paying for rented accommoda- 2-hour cultural show, with detailed description of tion, and not only would she have a home, but also the purpose of the songs and dances, and dress. a small plot of land to grow fruit and vegetables, a latrine and a wash area for her family. The team returned enthusiastic about the build and the additional activities and there are plans for a return visit, 11 – 25 July 2009. For more informa- tion contact: Deidre Homer: email@example.com Janice Clark Team leader 30 Sept 2008 Each evening following our meal there was team time. The team leader put a question to the team each evening for exploration in relation to the day’s experience, and in turn, each team member led an activity or a meditation. Our Rest and Relaxation took us to Mua Mission and KuNgoni, the traditional arts centre run by the November 2008 Scotland Malawi Partnership Newsletter Page 5 Volume 2, Issue 10 SMP Membership hits 300! This November the Scotland Malawi Partnership welcomes its 300th member. The organisation has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2004, with its membership growing from 26 full and 18 associate members in 2005, to today’s figures of 130 full and 173 associate members. David Hope-Jones said: “While reaching 300 members represents a true milestone and a significant achievement for the Partnership, it by no means the end of the organisation’s expansion. There are still a large number of Scottish individuals and organisations who work closely with Malawi and who would benefit from SMP membership. Over the coming months, as we look to engage with Scottish schools in a more effective and coordinated manner, I would expect to see a Distribution of SMP Members significant surge in membership as more and more schools choose to around Scotland sign up as SMP members and benefit from the combined voice of over 300 like-minded individuals and organisations.” 350 300 250 Number of Members 200 Full Members Associate Members 150 Total Membership 100 50 0 2005 Jun-06 Dec-06 Jun-07 Dec-07 Jun-08 Nov-08 What issues do you want to see the SMP address in 2009? SMP Survey of Members Needs for 2009 In accordance with its 2008-2011 Strategic Plan, The survey form can be downloaded from the SMP the Scotland Malawi Partnership aims to offer its http://tinyurl.com/5qmh9e) website (http://tinyurl.com/5qmh9e and com- http://tinyurl.com/5qmh9e Members 6 workshops, 3 stakeholder meetings pleted forms can be returned to the office either and 3 training events in 2009. All current Mem- electronically or by post. The deadline for returned bers are invited to take a few moments to complete forms is Monday 17th November. Please do not a needs assessment survey which will help ensure hesitate to contact the office (info@scotland- the nature, location and content of these events is malawipartnership.org / 0131 529 3164) should as relevant and appropriate to the membership as you have any questions about this process. possible. November 2008 Scotland Malawi Partnership Newsletter Page 6 Volume 2, Issue 10 November 2008 Scotland Malawi Partnership Newsletter Page 7 Volume 2, Issue 10 Former Edinburgh Policeman in Training for Sahara Marathon in aid of Mary’s Meals : Tim Neill, a former Lothian and Borders policeman Looking ahead to his preparations for the race, Tim has gained a much sought-after place in the infa- said: mous Marathon des Sables, a 150-mile race over seven days, across the Sahara Desert. The event “This will be a challenge of a life-time, and is a good takes place in March 2009 and Tim will be running way to raise money for charity. I grew up in Malawi, for Mary’s Meals. which is where amongst other places Mary’s Meals does its extremely valuable work. It’s a cause that’s Tim, 31, will be combining a heavy training sched- very close to my heart because I’ve seen the pov- ule between now and the event with his studies at erty caused in part by poor education and which Brunel University where he is doing a masters results in widespread hunger. Mary’s Meals tackles course in International Relations. Tim, formerly of both of these issues. The Marathon Des Sables will Lothian and Borders police, spent the past two be a challenge that I’m sure I’ll never forget be- years using his law enforcement experience to help cause it’s not everyday that you put yourself run police and security training establishments in through the pain of running 150 miles across a de- Iraq and Afghanistan. Tim lives in Aberdour, Fife, sert!” and as part of his training, he will be participating in running events across the country and hopes to go to Morocco to sample the desert. Ruth Black from Mary’s Meals said: ”We are really delighted that Tim has chosen Mary’s Meals to benefit from this amazing challenge. Mary’s Meals provides daily meals to some of the world’s poorest children in their local schools, en- couraging them to attend, to learn and to help build a future for their communities. Mary’s Meals is largely run by local community volunteers which means that, for example in Malawi, we are able to feed a child at school every day for an entire year for just £5-30. We are sure that Tim’s challenge will help many, many more children and their communi- ties build a future and we look forward to following his progress.” Tim will be updating his blog regularly with progress. If you are interested in supporting Tim and Mary’s Meals in any way, either through sponsorship or help with the kit which Tim will need in extreme con- Photo: Alexandra Knapton ditions or simply some words of encouragement on his blog, please contact Tim via his website at www.timneill.co.uk or log onto www.justgiving.com/ timneill. Tim in training for the Marathon des Sables November 2008 Scotland Malawi Partnership Newsletter Page 8 Volume 2, Issue 10 tartans for A F R I C A a step away from poverty PRESENTS ‘FIGHTING POVERTY THROUGH FAIR TRADE’ by MARGARET GALABE Executive Director, World Women Trade Fair with contributions from GWIIN (Global Women Inventors International Network, UNIFEM and craft-workers representing DR CONGO, KENYA, MALAWI, RWANDA, ZAMBIA and ZIMBABWE These women are exhibiting at the Ethical Xmas Fayre in Castle Street, Edinburgh from 6th – 14th December and will give first hand accounts of their experiences and the challenges they face in today’s world. This will be followed by a public debate chaired by Dr. Wallace Shaw (author of ‘Adam Smith – making poverty history’) AND A display of fashions featuring original designs by African and Scottish designers using ‘African’ tartans in a range of styles, both traditional and modern, and original African and Scottish handicrafts and gifts. St. George’s West Church, *Shandwick Place, Edinburgh 3pm. Saturday 6th. December 2008 *(Shandwick Place is a continuation of Princes Street westwards) ADMISSION by TICKET £3.00 including refreshments To reserve tickets please use the contact details below tartans for Africa, PO Box 28289, Edinburgh EH9 3WW tel. 0131 667 1314 - mob. O7717538487 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org - www.tartansforafrica.com tartans for Africa is a strategic partner of World Women Trade Fair, ProjectAfrica and Africa Health. Raising awareness and improving lives in Ethiopia, D.R.Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. November 2008 Scotland Malawi Partnership Newsletter Page 9 Volume 2, Issue 10 Wilderness Journeys event: 13th November, Edinburgh Wilderness Journeys invites members of the Scot- land Malawi Partnership to a special event celebrat- ing Scotland's relations with Malawi and highlighting a wide range of exciting adventure and safari travel possibilities to this wonderful and seldom-visited country in the heart of Africa. This evening event will take place at: The Henderson Gallery in Edinburgh from 6 - 7.30pm on Thursday 13 November 2008. Our guest speaker will be Chris Badger, Managing Director of Central African Wilderness Safaris, the leading tour operator in Malawi and Wilderness Jour- neys' in-country safari and travel partner. Chris has a very strong personal interest in Scot- The event will start at 6.00pm with drinks and nib- land's historical links with Malawi and the evening bles, and with the talk will beginning shortly after will focus on the many safari and travel possibilities 6.30pm. The venue is The Henderson Gallery, 4 for visitors who want to venture off the beaten track Thistle Street Lane NW, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR (the to experience the real Malawi. gallery is located just behind Hendersons restaurant, just off Hanover Street between George Street and Queen Street in the city centre). If you would like to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com as numbers will be limited to the size of the venue. Wilderness Journeys are Scotland's leading adventure and ecotourism operator. We have won numerous national and inter- national awards for our commitment to sustainable tourism and our head office is in central Edinburgh. Please see www.wildernessjourneys.com or contact us for further information on our adventure holidays in the world's wild and beautiful regions. Chris has played a crucial role in the conservation of Malawi's wilderness and wildlife, designing and sup- porting numerous local community-based conserva- tion initiatives and the innovative "Children in the Wilderness" environmental education programme for local Malawian children in regions of high natural importance. He has been instrumental in raising the 2008 - Guardian Ethical Travel Award: Best UK Tour Operator profile of Malawi on the international tourism stage, 2007 - World Travel Awards: Best Green Tour Operator 2006 - World Responsible Tourism Awards: Best Tour Operator most recently with his involvement in the Lake of - Highly Commended Stars International Malawi Music Festival. 2005 - VisitScotland Tourism Business of the Year: Winner November 2008 Scotland Malawi Partnership Newsletter Page 10 Volume 2, Issue 10 Scotland Malawi School Partnerships The Scotland Malawi Partnership team is growing tion, and get advice from fellow teachers. If you are once again! Rebecca Wood has recently started interested in registering or would like further infor- work as a part-time Schools Partnership Intern. She mation, please contact Rebecca or email is currently in her fourth year of a Philosophy (MA) firstname.lastname@example.org. at the University of Edinburgh, and is very eager to help Scottish schools develop partnerships with Ma- Rebecca’s second project is creating a Schools lawi. Partnership section on the website. This would pro- vide useful links and information about all aspects Rebecca is focusing predominantly on two projects. of a partnership, from how to find a school to link Firstly, she is updating the SMP’s database of with, to where to find relevant teaching resources, School Partnerships with the intention of creating a to arranging a visit to Malawi. She is endeavouring comprehensive online resource that will include all to catalogue all relevant organisations in Scotland schools in Scotland that have a link to Malawi. This that are involved in educational work with Malawi. database will then enable teachers interested in Any information that you have to contribute to this getting involved to contact their local schools that project would be highly valued! have an established partnership, and encourage the sharing of ideas and information between Rebecca is really excited about the opportunities teachers and further co-operation between schools. these projects would open both for Scottish schools and the Scotland Malawi Partnership. If you would The Scotland Malawi Partnership is hosting a Speed like to contact her she works in the Partnership of- Networking event on Saturday 8th November, at fice on Thursdays and Fridays and can be reached Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow, with these on 0131 529 3164, or by email to rebecca- goals very much in mind. The event is an ideal op- email@example.com portunity to open up the channels of communica- Rebecca Wood, Schools Partnerships Intern Call for Items Do you have any upcoming events or interesting articles about your organisation that you would like to see included in the next Scotland Malawi Partnership Newsletter? This is your chance to promote your organisation and projects or highlight an important upcoming event. For articles, please include photos and contact details where possible and keep the articles between 250-500 words, and for events, please ensure you add RSVP deadlines and ticket prices/fees. Please email items to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 20th of the month. NB. Please be sure that you have permission to use any photographs submitted, as the Partnership is not responsible for any photos for which permission has not been granted. About the Partnership The Scotland Malawi Partnership exists to inspire people and organisations of Scotland to be involved with Malawi in an informed, coordinated and effective way so that both nations benefit. The SMP is an independent charitable membership organisation. It aims to foster links, consis- tent with our values, between the two nations, and encourage development of sustainable pro- jects in Malawi by: • raising awareness and encouraging support for that aim through enthusing members and supporting their activities Scotland Malawi Partnership Room 3/7 • acting as a forum for encouraging best possible practice in member organisations and ena- bling the provision of training and the sharing of ideas, processes and information City Chambers, • enabling organisations in Scotland, including NGOs, to take advantage of opportunities which High Street may arise for supporting activities in Malawi, particularly those involving Civil Society Edinburgh • encouraging organisations to support activities which, through mobilising Civil Society, will EH1 1YJ lead to a reduction of poverty in Malawi and an improved standard of living for all strata of Society Tel: 0131 529 3164 • developing support mechanisms which can lead to an exchange of people and/or advance cultural, political or economic understanding between Scotland and Malawi Fax: 0131 529 3168 • informing its members of activities, opportunities or items of significance arising in either Mob: 07857 766 023 Scotland or Malawi, particularly relevant plans and initiatives of Malawian individuals and Email: info@scotland- organisations malawipartnership.org • working with national Governments, Local Authorities, other NGOs and voluntary organisa- tions to develop an infrastructure which can be used to benefit its member organisations in their Malawian activities • informing Civil Society in Scotland about the work of the Partnership and how the efforts of Civil Society can positively affect the situation in Malawi Working together to eradicate poverty in Malawi. 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