Mum and I have wanted to go to Malawi since meeting Claude Ho several years ago and finally made it over there this June-July.
I’ve found that despite having been back for a month I am still processing my experiences.
I feel so grateful for having had the opportunity to visit FOCHTA and have been deeply moved by my time in Malawi.
Staying with the co-founder of FOCHTA Steven Labana and his family, and visiting beneficiaries and Gogos (Grandparents) in the surrounding villages offered great insight to the day to day life of rural Malawians and the challenges they face.
We also had the opportunity to participate in and conduct personal development workshops during which I felt very inspired by the FOCHTA staff and the beneficiaries for their enthusiasm and determination in all of their endeavours.
During this time I also had the pleasure of running a craft workshop.
Seeing the smiles on the students faces during at the opportunity to do something creative was definitely a special moment for me.
I remember feeling happy at their excitement to learn a new skill and also being impressed by how quick everyone was to grasp the technique.
I would like to say thank you to all our new friends including FOCHTA staff, volunteers, beneficiaries, gogos and The Labana family for welcoming us so warmly and for taking the time to make our visit an unforgettable memory.
Thank you to our dear friend Claude for making this trip possible, and, thank you to all FOCHTA supporters: Know that you are making a huge difference in the lives of many people.
Zikomo Gwanbiri! (Thank you very much!)