The Raven Trust – serving communities in Malawi directly

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

FCL 107 loaded

FCL 107 – the last container to be sent to Malawi from the Raven Trust – was loaded on Saturday 1st April. Due to a strike by pilots at Antwerp, the container was held up at Grangemouth but it is hoped that it will be loaded onto a ship and begin its sea voyage today (14th April). Thanks as always to those who helped to receive and list the items sent, load the container, feed the loaders and clean out the shed at Peddie Street, Dundee afterwards.

FCL 105 loaded and on its way

The latest container to set off from the Raven Trust store in Dundee was loaded on Saturday 28th January. Grateful thanks to all who turned out to help on a cold and snowy day. Almost 1200 boxes were loaded into the container.

God speed to Malawi and may the contents of the container get safely to the intended recipients and prove a blessing to them.

New outlet for knitted goods

As The Raven Trust will no longer be sending goods from the Dundee depot, we have talked to Christian Hope International who run a similar work to us.  They currently send items via Mission Without Borders to Eastern Europe, and Samara’s Aid to Syria.  They would be delighted to accept new knitted goods of children’s and baby clothing. The cost is considerably less than sending to central Africa.  Christian Hope would appreciate donations towards sending these goods. The knitwear should be sent to:

Christian Hope International, Hope House, The Elms, Church Road, Harold Wood, Essex RM3 0JU.