A story to tell…..

open-book-0cWHjg-clipartIt is almost 20 years since the first stirring of what was to become the Raven Trust were felt and 16 years since the Trust became a Scottish Registered Charity. Now a friend of the Raven Trust has begun to write a book about the Trust.

Over the years, all kinds of people have become involved in the work of the Raven Trust in all sorts of ways. How did YOU become involved? From those who knit garments to keep small babies warm, to specialists in beekeeping, building, supply of clean water, education and electronics, many of you have interesting, unusual or even funny stories to tell of how you became involved. In my case, a retired minister friend wanted me to set up a photo display of the work of the Trust in a local church and that led on to……. well that’s another story!

If you have a story to tell, we would love to hear about it – so please email your story to us at strachur@aol.com. Thank you.

Dundee Depot Full

IMG_0001The depot is now full and cannot accept any boxes that have not already been arranged to be received. A container will be loaded as soon as sufficient funds become available. . We would, therefore,  ask that you delay deliveries until after FCL 104 has been loaded on 3rd September. Thank you.

Tools Maintenance Manual


Tools manualSome time ago, Donald Manson, a retired teacher of technical subjects, wrote and illustrated a manual to help students of woodwork maintain their tools – chisels, saws, etc. – in good and safe condition. In conversation with John Challis about skills training in Malawi, he offered the manual to the Raven Trust. At the beginning of the year 140 copies of the students’ manual and 15 copies of the teachers’ manual were loaded onto a container and transported to Malawi where John retrieved them during his May visit. He took enough copies to Livingstonia Technical College, Ekwendeni Lay Training College and St John of God Training Workshop in Mzuzu to give every student a copy and every teacher got the teaching manual. The students and teachers were pleased to have these useful booklets – they had had no such resource available to them. Above – students and trainer, Oswald Mhango, at St John of God Training Workshop.

FCL 103 loaded at Dundee

Loading container 103 at DundeeA dry day for the loading of FCL 103 at the Peddie Street store in Dundee. Thank you to all who came to help including Fiona Gunning of the Kwenderana partnership and Lilian and Stewart Mackenzie of Tummel Bridge who visited Malawi with John Challis last year. Only 3 boxes were left behind!

‘A picture is worth a thousand words’

Maize May 2016 (4)Maize is the staple diet of most Malawians. Once ground it is added to water to make nsima, a very thick porridge that is eaten daily by hand. Due to last season’s poor and late rain pattern many countries in southern Africa are facing a severe maize shortage in the coming months. In Malawi the crop is patchy with some areas losing all their maize due to flooding.  A few areas, particularly in the far north of Malawi have a reasonable crop while much of the rest of the country will face great difficulties with very stunted kernels. On the right of the picture is a normal cob of maize, on the left is a typical cob from this year’s crop. While some food aid is getting through to Malawi, distribution is mainly to the towns and villages along the main roads with more isolated villages receiving little or nothing.