Although the foundations for the building were laid in March, the building itself was completed in just 10 weeks this summer. It was funded by Explorer Scouts from York. A group of 30 scouts and leaders visited Malawi for three weeks in July and August and painted the newly built clinic as well as undertaking various other projects.
The building was quite a “Challis Family affair”, being designed by Daniel, and project managed by John and Chris. The result is an attractive building which is light and airy inside.
By the middle of August, Sue Kevan and her team of eye specialists from Focus on Malawi (see links) had moved in and were arranging their equipment. They met and helped many people on this trip at hospital eye clinics and clinics they held in rural and lakeside locations, including one man who had had a sliver of metal embedded in his eye for some time. They were able to remove the metal and his eye is healing well. The Focus on Malawi team have also been raising money to help train a local ophthalmologist and the lower picture shows Angela (a trainee) examining a patient.