During John’s last visit, the fishing boat, recently built at Chilumba, was afloat but rather low in the water as it had broken its mooring and hit a local rock. Patrick, the builder, is going to get the boat out of the water and repair it so that on the next trip to Malawi I will get it sailing and working for its living.
Work is progressing on the clinic boat being built at MacDuff for use down the lake from Mlowe by Livingstonia hospital. It is hoped to have this finished and ready to launch in November. Safety equipment is still required and a few important items.
Container FCL55 has just arrived and container FCL56 is in Beira awaiting clearance and transport to Lilongwe. Once the containers leave the UK there is still much paper work to undertake and our clearing agent, Smile Namagonya, does a wonderful job in clearing the goods through customs and arranging delivery. This is not an easy task and each container has arrived safely and unopened. Recently the fuel cost in Malawi has gone up 25% and this will have an effect on delivery and shipping costs.
Number FCL57EKW was loaded on the 25th June from Strachur. It is wonderful how people turn out to help with the loading and the supply of food for everyone. The goods being shipped represent the love and care of many people and organisations across Scotland for the people of Malawi. Some have questioned the viability of the work and the answer must be in the joy in the eyes of those who receive the goods and the letters of appreciation from the institutions being assisted.
The Raven Trust now has a new website, which we will be able to update from the office. We hope to add much more timely news, keeping supporters and associates up-to-date with how projects are progressing and what the needs are. We hope also to provide more detailed information on individual projects so that others can find out what lessons have been learned. At this stage, there will be some gaps in the site as we create the new content, so please bear with us. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.