New nursery and orphan feeding centre to be built in Malawi thanks to Rugby pupils' fundraising efforts

Children at Rugby’s Crescent School have raised more than £1,100 to fund the building of a nursery and orphan feeding centre in Malawi.

Year 4 were delighted to present a cheque after all their fundraising efforts.
Year 4 were delighted to present a cheque after all their fundraising efforts.

On Tuesday, May 17, Sam Melia from Rugby-based charity Bwengu Projects Malawi visited the Crescent School to receive a cheque for £1,110.00.

The cheque was presented by Year 4 pupils Maggie Johnson and James Mercer in assembly in front of the whole school.

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This latest donation marks the fifteenth year the school has supported the charity’s vital work, with pupils raising this year’s total by holding a sponsored silence, guessing games and a non-uniform day.

The impressive total will fund the building of a new a nursery and orphan feeding centre in Mleghu – in the most northern part of Malawi.

Deputy head Bryony Forth said: “Supporting the Bwengu Project is always a highlight of my teaching year, something which I personally am very proud to be part of.

"The children enjoy studying Bwengu and comparing a village less economically developed than Rugby.

"Over the years, we must have raised over £12,000 and helped pay for renovating schools, building a women's development centre, sewing machines, a teacher's salary and nearly 60,000 meals for orphans.

“The children worked incredibly hard this year organising lots of events.

"They have smashed their fundraising target, having raised a great total of £1,110.00.

" As well as completing the building, the money will also now provide for furniture and toys for the nursery and cooking pots, bowls and a supply of food."