The Raven Trust – supporting the development of eye care in northern Malawi

Embangweni clinic opens

The latest eye clinic to open is at Embangweni. A room was made available, as well as trainee staff. Following redecoration of the room, the setting up of equipment and supplies of glasses, some training of the staff, they were ready to start testing patients for dispensing reading glasses.

Here’s a short video telling the story of the preparations in June 2017:

Since then we’ve made another training visit and we’re also sponsoring clinical training for 2018 and onwards.

For more news, go to our eye care blog Focus on Malawi

Celebration and Thanksgiving at Strachur

Over 80 people joined us from Scotland and England for our Thanksgiving and Celebration event on Saturday 21 October at Strachur. It was a very special time of remembering and praising God for all that he has called us to do in Malawi “with love”. It was also a time to celebrate the many friends and partners who have been inspired to contribute skills, ideas, equipment and advice over the years, and it was great that so many of them could be there on Saturday. David Randall’s book To Malawi With Love, telling the story of the Trust’s work so far, sold like hot cakes.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed, from providing refreshments to organising the audio visual equipment, to those who recounted some of their memories to the gathering. But it was not all about the past: The Raven Trust has sown many acorns and their work continues. And while our container service has now ended, The Raven Trust continues — to focus on the eye-care work started in 2005. Three eye clinics, at Ekwendeni, Livingstonia and Embangweni, are in operation, but there’s much yet to do to establish optical and medical services fully at these places.

John Challis OBE has retired form the trustee board, as have Iain MacPhillimy and Cathie Montgomery. Sue Challis remains on the board, now joined by Sue and John Kevan. Sue K heads up the “Focus on Malawi” work.

Celebration at Strachur
Celebration at Strachur
Celebration at Strachur
Celebration at Strachur
Celebration at Strachur

Celebration and Thanksgiving Saturday 21 October

On Saturday 21 October 2017, there will be a celebration and thanksgiving service for the past 20 years of The Raven Trust. It will be at Strachur New Hall, PA27 8DG, doors open 14:00, service at 15:00. At the event, we’ll be launching To Malawi with Love, a book telling the story of The Raven Trust, and how it developed in the context of the amazing work of the early missionaries.  We’ll also be looking to the future, as the Trust changes to focus on supporting eye care at the hospitals of Livingstonia Synod in northern Malawi. There will be news, updates, speakers and plenty of opportunity to chat and share, and you can meet the new trustees. Looking forward to seeing you!

From Malawi With Love book

Accident involving FCL 105

On Saturday, 22nd April we learned that FCL 105 had been involved in an accident on the way from Lilongwe to Ekwendeni. Rev Levi Nyondo, General Secretary of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, was swiftly on the scene, along with Patrick Tembo, Senior Administrator at Ekwendeni Hospital and our own Ben Mhango. This is the first conatiner sent by the Raven Trust which has come to serious harm.

Rev Nyondo quickly took charge of the situation and organised security by the Malawian Police force and help from the army, while keeping us here in the UK abreast with developments. Amid tight security, the container was opened and a human chain formed to unload the container and release the boxes to the rightful recipients who were on site or remove them to Ekwendeni Hospital.

We are very grateful to all who helped unload the container and make sure that there was no looting but our special thanks must go to Rev Levi Nyondo, Patrick Tembo and Ben Mhango