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Mary Young

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£900raised of £900 target by 31 supporters


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I started this Fundraiser as a Spend a Penny campaign, for donations to build the first stage of the Resource Centre – the latrines.

However, thanks to the generosity of many people, the Foundation was able to dig those latrines and move on to brickmaking.

And so I’m altering my JustGiving page to ask for donations for the whole build.

Our Father's Day gift idea has been very successful and there are many fathers' names collected to be put on to a plaque to be hung in the Resource Centre when it's completed.

The Malawian people have a tradition of naming buildings after people. The Resource Centre will be named after my late mother and sister.

To have your name, or that of a loved one, inscribed on the plaque doesn't need to be limited to Father's Day.

Five pounds will buy 500 bricks.

The Resource Centre will comprise a general room where the children and elderly folk can get together; a library; a computer room so that the kids can learn IT; the WSHHF office; stores; and a small guest room.

For now, the latrines, kitchen and craft shed will be built outside. The building will be constructed in such a way that at a future date, when we hope that water and electricity connections can be made, these facilities can be brought inside.

As at 9/6/18, in a little over a fortnight, more than 31,000 bricks have been made.

A video of them is here

I will leave intact the rest of my original introduction so that you can see the progress as it happened.

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated.


‘Spending a penny’ – for those who don’t remember having to put a penny in a slot of a door in a public loo, this is what ladies did; the men went free!

I'm the Administrator (in the UK) for a Foundation in Northern Malawi which is bringing hope to the many orphans and elderly people who have absolutely nothing.

The Foundation had its first birthday last week. During this last year, it has made tremendous strides, thanks to people's generosity of spirit.

The Foundation, whose website can be seen here William Stewart Foundation is named after my father, who is a Co-Founder. The Foundation currently receives no funding other than donations and every penny goes towards the Foundation's work.

Gifts have been sent to the children; basic items like pencils and notebooks, without which they cannot go to school; clothes; soap, toys. The Foundation has just held a Lego Party, the bricks having been donated by a nursery school in Scotland. Unfortunately, the rains were still coming down, and so over 100 kids had to cram into one of the school rooms. But they all still enjoyed the day and, when much more Lego currently on a container arrives, they will have the planned outdoors party.

Space is a problem for the Foundation and so plans are underway for the build of a Resource Centre in order that the children can have somewhere to be fed (crops are growing well in the Foundation gardens) have fun, to learn life skills - to have a home from home. And so can the elderly folk. Land has been gifted by the Chiefs for this purpose.

The work will be carried out in four stages - latrine blocks; kitchen area; crafts shed and the main Resource Centre.

At the moment, the children, at events laid on for them, or their knitting classes or organised ball games, have to squat behind a bush if they need the loo and so that's the first step - to provide somewhere private and hygienic for them - a two-compartment brick built latrine block for females and the same for males.

I am making this appeal to raise funds for that initial stage because the builders have agreed to do the latrine build and receive payment when the Foundation has funds.

Levison Mlambya, the Co-Founder, his helpers and the builders are working hard with picks, shovels and buckets - no mini diggers here to ease the workload

By UK standards, the cost of the whole latrine build is relatively small - 900 pounds Sterling - and so I'm asking for your help to raise this. Whatever you can afford will be welcomed.

Your pennies will let the children spend one in comfort

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  • Mary Young9 months ago
    Mary Young

    Mary Young

    9 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Thanks so much to John G for his generous donation to enable the target to be reached. You have all been spectacular; thank you all. I am keeping the page running so that photos of the build can be put on to let everybody see the dream of the first of the Resource Centre buildings becoming a reality

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  • Mary Young9 months ago
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    Mary Young

    9 months ago

    With a most generous donation today, my JustGiving page is at 90% of the target - thank you all so very much. The brickmaking for the latrine blocks, kitchen and crafts shed is now complete. Two kilns have been built, one with 30,000 bricks and the other with 20,000 - the all-night firing of this took place at the end of last week. The bricks will need to cool down and then building can begin.

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  • John Gunzburg

    John Gunzburg

    Jul 15, 2018

    There is your £900, Mary. Blessings always. John Gunzburg


  • Mary Richardson

    Mary Richardson

    Jul 15, 2018

    Good job Mary! Why did I think you were a brunette?


  • Anonymous


    Jul 15, 2018

    You and your dad are doing a great thing. Hope this helps hazel and henry


  • Joanne Wootton

    Joanne Wootton

    Jul 6, 2018

    For the teachers gifts. X


  • Debbie Thomas

    Debbie Thomas

    Jun 21, 2018


  • Sarah Hamilton

    Sarah Hamilton

    Jun 20, 2018

    I think this is an amazing cause and I want to donate £20 worth of bricks in my dads name for Father’s Day. His name is James Hamilton. Keep up the amazing work!


  • Kathryn Everson

    Kathryn Everson

    Jun 17, 2018

    So good Mary, well done


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