Salisbury woman helps Malawian orphans
2:13pm Tuesday 12th June 2012 in News By Corey Ross
A SALISBURY woman is hoping people will get behind her charity and help provide a better life for Malawian orphans.
Sarah McCombe, who grew up in Salisbury, set up Ellotte Future Building last year and has already helped nine kids through an orphan placement scheme.
Miss McCombe, 30, went to Cape Town on a gap year six years ago and loved it so much she ended up staying. She then set up a backpackers’ lodge which supports the community by employing 17 local people.
Last year she and local man Gabriel Chiwra set up the charity with the aim of ensuring a better future for underprivileged kids in the district. They originally wanted to build an orphanage but decided home care with a family would provide a more stable environment for children.
The kids are often placed with extended family who would not be able to support them without the charity’s help. As tiny as £10 a month can provide a child with clothes, food and schooling.
Miss McCombe said: “It’s very personal in that we go there and see what the child needs. We put the money to what is most needed for each child.”
She is back home in Salisbury for three months and hopes to find local sponsors for 100 kids by the time she goes back to Malawi in August.
Sponsors can communicate with the child directly by writing letters and Miss McCombe also hopes to set up a day centre with IT facilities so in the future sponsors will be able to talk to the kids via Skype. Any donations of computer equipment would also be welcomed.
The day centre will provide somewhere for kids to go during school holidays where they can still get a meal, and teach them vocational skills such as electrical engineering and automobile mechanics, as well as cookery classes.
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