About

To all of you who are new to Tilinanu Orphanage,
here’s some of the background on what we are all about;

Children of Tilinanu

I think that it is important to reflect upon just how far Tilinanu has developed in the past 16 months. Alice was introduced to Mercy Mkandawire and her family in the summer of 2009, where the association of passion, love, and determination to turn around children’s lives combined two family’s to work together to make this happen. Although the Mkandawires are not fundraising should not diminish there efforts of keeping Tilinanu running. Without Mercy’s amazingly large heart and passion for working so hard for these girls Tilinanu would not be where it is today. Mercy MKandawire is the heart of Tilinanu and a mother to us all.

The orphanage is based in Area 49 in Lilongwe Sector 4, Malawi. There are over 400 children that are supported by the village. These are either orphans with no parents or children with one parent who are not able to support them. At present, all of the orphaned children are housed through the kindness of surrounding families in the community. The orphanage is a fully registered charity in Malawi, however as you can imagine, there are hundreds of thousands of charities and the care for these children is not allowing the time for them to fundraise sufficiently for further development. When I first met the children at the organization they were gathered on the Mkandawire’s family land, where they meet every afternoon, to have supervised porridge, education and games.

On this land of the family there was a derelict church which was abandoned prior to its completion 5 years ago due to political feud. The building consisted of three walls and foundations. The family has donated this land and building to Tilinanu, however they had no money to complete the building. They had always dreamt of competing this building and transforming it into a safe haven for the children to sleep, rest and play. We thought that it would be fantastic to apply our support and give them a hand on achieving this…

Their dream of having a stable base, home and centre for the children in the village came true on Saturday 29th August 2009 when Tilinanu was opened and became a safe haven for these 34 princesses where they have their food, education and love and the precious support that every child deserves.

Since then the support has been phenomenal.

Their dream of having a stable base, home and centre for the children in the village came true on Saturday 29th August 2009 when Tilinanu was opened and became a safe haven for these 34 princesses where they have their food, education and love and the precious support that every child deserves.

Since then the support has been phenomenal.

In August 2010 Tilinanu TREBLED in size. Yes, trebled! The Angels have a greater living and sleeping space as well as increasing the number of girls to 34.

We used to feed 175 village children 5 days a week and support them as much as possible. However due to ‘Feed the children’ who supply the porridge not delivering consistently due to the ongoing fuel shortages, it has had to alter our method of distribution. The porridge is now given to the families to cook at home. Their weight, height and health are monitored regularly and it’s fantastic to see the benefits and change it can make to the child with a stable and consistent meal.

We have a fantastic large communal space where children, adults and grandparents can come to get education, guidance, help and support, as well as the space, and structure for a medical clinic which will be up and running within a year.

The ultimate goal is to help and guide this community to stand on its own two feet and help provide for the children within it. Our basis is not to give them a British standard of living, we just want to give them a helping hand to living a life that children should be living. We still want them to learn their basic agricultural life skills but at an age where they can achieve their education first and live a life free of worry about their next meal, education fees and health.

The dreams and potential for Tilinanu are endless…

The future holds aspirations that have never been considered by many of the children in Malawi.

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From the Heart

Running any charity isn’t easy, running a charity that is completely 100% NON-PROFIT ( this includes Alice and Nina’s flights, expenditures, everything…. They use there own money to do so) proves even more difficulties. Thankfully through having an incredibly gifted and supportive family, wonderful sponsors, and a fantastic community that supports our fundraising events and gives practical donations i.e clothing, shoes, bra’s etc…it has enabled me to get this far and I am personally incredibly grateful.

As you can see we have been busy… there are still many dreams to be achieved… believe with us and they can be….

A bit about why I went over to Malawi

n 2007 my grandfather died and gave me the inspiration to carry on his aid work in Africa. I first went with a company who put me in a teaching placement for 5 months. I returned to Lilongwe Malawi as my heart had warmed to it so much.

I wanted to travel the country further in 2008. My third trip was this year (2009). I returned with a stronger head than ever before as I had decided that this was the career path I wanted to pursue.

I raised a reasonable amount of money before our trip, not knowing what area we were going to develop. I went over with Emily Wainwright from home who returned after 5 weeks. My mum, Yvonne and my sister Nina were so supportive of what I was trying to achieve and gave me the support and stability I needed to make this happen.

Without the hospitality, love and trust, that the Mkandawire family have shown to me none of this would have been possible. They are my Malawian Family and they work incredibly hard for Tilinanu.