A TEACHER has spent time at a Malawian orphanage.
Rachel Macdonald, of Hoole, has just returned from a two-week trip to Malawi and Mozambique visiting her brother.
While staying in Mulanje she spent two days at Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO), set up by Mary Woodworth, of Preston.
The orphanage is community-based supported by village members. There are 13 centres now, supporting more than 5,000 orphaned children.
The children are fed, clothed and educated through Mary’s fundraising efforts and voluntary donations.
Rachel said: ‘My two days at FOMO were so humbling.
“Fifty-two children attended the nursery with one teacher, the same teacher had 260 children in the afternoon.”
Rachel’s children attend Mill View Primary School, Newton lane, and the school collected school uniforms and clothes for Rachel to take out and Hoole Library donated children’s books.
Rachel said: “Mill View has been really supportive and everything was gratefully received. I took magic slates instead of pens and paper and solar powered garden lights, as batteries and light bulbs are expensive luxuries.”
For more details go to www.fomo.co.uk.