Residential Landlords Association (RLA)
Kind-hearted letting agents fly to Malawi to volunteer in schools
A Yorkshire letting agent has traveled more than 7000 miles to Malawi to help volunteer in several schools.
Chris Holmes, a manager at Bricknells Properties in Rotherham, and Patrick Sullivan, Managing Director of Whitebrick Property Management in Coventry arrived in Malawi on Sunday 13th October.
Letting agents Patrick Sullivan (left) and Chris Holmes (right)
The pair will spend the next two weeks volunteering in more than 25 schools, delivering specialist teaching packs.
RLA member Chris, who is currently in Malawi, said:
“This is the second time that myself and Patrick travel to Malawi to support the Bwengu project and this time around we will be spending the trip looking for new projects, dealing directly with teachers and village elders.
“We have only been in Malawi for a few days, and already it has been a humbling experience.
“The schools we have visited so far have been quite primitive. They have mud brick walls and earth floors, and the children carry stones with them so they can sit on them in class. AIDS has meant that there are a number of orphans – a humbling experience.”
A school in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital
The letting agents will be spending the trip auditing all of the schools they visit to find out what they want. They will be distribution teaching packs to the schools which contain the Malawian curriculum.
As well as looking at the stability and infrastructure of the schools, with an average class size of around 150 children, Chris will also be distributing solar-powered LED projector systems, which will give the teachers the ability to project the lesson on to the wall.
They plan to pay for all of their own travel costs during the trip.
Chris and Patrick have already visited schools in Lilongwe, and they are currently in Mzuzu, a city in Northern Malawi, visiting the schools there. The pair then plan to travel further North, to visit schools close to the Zambian border.
Donations and offers of interest can be made through the charity, Bwengu Projects Malawi.
Keep an eye out on the RLA website and social media channels for regular updates on Chris’ progress, in his blog for the RLA.
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