Last summer when Spirit of Shankly heard about a local youth group
travelling to Mtunthama, Malawi to work alongside the charity Medic Malawi,
we were keen to get involved and lend support.
girls from the Shewsy Youth Club in Everton – Jess, Bec, Ellie, Courtney and
Chelsea – and youth worker Leslie Drew spent 17 days at St Andrew’s hospital,
feeding centre and orphanage working alongside local doctors, nurses and volunteers.
It has been
eight months since they made the life-changing trip and project coordinator
Julie Fitzpatrick has sent this letter of thanks to SOS, along with a video of
the trip – a glorious testament to the power of human kindness.
2016, five youngsters from the Shewsy Youth Club in Everton made preparations
to travel to Malawi
alongside young people from ShrewsburySchool. The aim of their
trip was to work together on a project run by Medic Malawi. The charity organisation in
Mtunthama includes a hospital, two orphanages and The Shrewsbury School Eye
youngsters’ Community Service expedition included the chance to witness first
hand the work of the Shrewsbury Eye Clinic in restoring sight to patients –
cataracts are a common problem here. They also painted a new bakery, built to
generate income for the hospital, and helped out at the orphanage that cares
for over 100 children, from newborns to teenagers.
and Kieth from Spirit of Shankly got wind of the expedition – from the girls
fundraising in the Twelfth Man pub – they stepped in to help.
extremely generous and gave a cash donation that helped buy sacks of grain for
the orphanage – it was a tough year in Malawi: the rains were late and inadequate,
and the hospital’s malnutrition centre was a lifeline for adults and children.
donated nappies, pins and pants, medical supplies, face masks, sterile
operating rubber gloves, craft supplies, pens, pencils, calculators and
hundreds of pairs of sunglasses for post-op eye patients. It was a joy to see
the smiles on the faces of those who had had their sight restored wearing their
thank Spirit of Shankly enough for their kindness that helped enrich the
experience tenfold for the girls. And also to Mike Deane who runs the Hat,
Scarf and Badge shop, for his generosity in sending bags of Spirit of Shankly
T-shirts, Liverpool scarves and badges that
brought smiles to many in the local community.
Medic Malawi Project
and Shewsy Youth Club, Everton.
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