Christmas greetings!

Light of the world graphic

Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me has the light of life”. What a promise! What a hope held out to us in a world of conflict, lies and injustice. This is the Christmas message.

We do trust that in some way, the work of Focus on Malawi somehow contributes to people finding the light of life, as we partner with our friends in the Jesus-inspired mission hospitals in Malawi.

Our prayers are with them as they continue to serve their communities in difficult economic circumstances.

So at this special season, we’d like to send Christmas greetings to all our friends out in Malawi, and at the same time to all our friends who support this work in the UK.

Calendar 2020: Malawi scenes

Malawi calendars 2020

By popular demand, we have produced a new calendar for 2020, at A4 size, and it is available now. It contains varied scenes of the lakeside and upland landscape, and at the Vwasa Wildlife Reserve. All photos taken by Focus on Malawi/The Raven Trust volunteers. We’re suggesting a donation of £6.00, which will include postage. Featured on the front cover are some of the local clinical staff whose training in Malawi colleges the Trust sponsors. Send your name and address by email to and we will send you the calendar, together with details of how to make your donation.

Successful 2019 clinical visits

We’re so grateful to report that both teams which recently visited Malawi are safely home and well. Altogether, it was a very busy four weeks and most of our objectives were met. We return hugely encouraged by our partners in the hospitals and all that they are doing to serve their communities. We’ll be posting here more news in relation to the trips in due course.

Eye examination at Embangweni Hospital
Eye examination at Embangweni Hospital using a slit lamp.

Malawi team visit No. 2, 2019

The second volunteer team has now safely arrived in Malawi, and tomorrow will be heading north to Mzuzu, and thence to Livingstonia. They eye clinic there currently has no staff owing to the death a few months ago of Mr Mkandawire, the ophthalmic clinical officer in charge (see post here), so the team will be talking to managers to offer help in finding staffing solutions. The trust will continue to make available funds to sponsor the training of suitable local staff.

Focus on Malawi’s second visiting team 2019
All checked-in: Alison Ghosh and Emma Hewson ready to depart for Malawi.

While the team are there, if required by hospital managers, they will be available to see patients. Later, the team will travel to the mission hosptal at Ekwendeni, and finally to the mission hospital at Embangweni.