19 Aug 2013 15:35, 1 year, 3 months ago

Happy Birthday Kevan!

A huge thank you to the wonderful friends and family of Kevan and Penny Ashbridge, who raised £260 for the Quest School in Villa Maria at Kevan's big birthday bash the other day!  This money is a fantastic donation to help support the work in Villa Maria, and will be used to provide full sponsorship for one of the children there, which costs £200 and covers school fees, books and uniforms.  

The remainder can purchase a full set of uniforms for one pupil. Although there is sometimes quite a debate over the topic of school uniforms in the UK, having a uniform for the VM school not helps to reinforce the sense of community in this school serving a few different communities, but it also importantly provides the pupils with good quality clothing they can wear every day, cutting down on other clothing costs for struggling.

Thank you - and congrats!

19 Aug 2013 15:35, 1 year, 3 months ago


13 Mar 2013 09:54, 1 year, 9 months ago

Jambo from Tanzania

Thanks to Elspeth for this latest update...what an awesome continent!

Jambo from Tanzania!

So we've finally said our goodbyes to Malawi. During our last week in Malawi, Helen, Frankie and I (Elspeth) got our Padi Open Water diver certification whilst Darcy qualififed as an Advanced Diver. Learning to scuba dive was an utterly amazing experience and I think is a hobby we will all continue to pursue. Lake Malawi had the most beautiful marine life, which meant we were constantly surrounded by beautiful fish. After leaving Kande Beach, we headed north to Nkhata Bay, an equally beautiful cove off of Lake Malawi, where we went cliff diving and snorkelling (you can't keep us out of the water!)

Now we have arrived safe and sound in Tanzania and we spent a blissful couple of days by the shore of Lake Tangankia. The view from the beach was utterly breathtaking, as we could see congo just across the lake, the view was like something off of a postcard! The owners of Lake Shore made us so welcome, like we were part of the family, so we had an amazing few days relaxing and improving our tans. Since then, we have travelled up Lake Tanganika by ferry to Kigoma, where we visited the David Livingstone memorial.

Tomorrow, we shall be headed to Gombe to spend a couple of days at the National Park, getting up close and personal with the chimpanzee colony Jane Goodall spent years studying ! We're all beyond excited, an experience I'm sure we shan't forget.

8 Mar 2013 00:00, 1 year, 9 months ago

Pensulo Maternity Clinic Goes Live!

As if by coincidence for International Women's Day on 8th March, we heard some absolutely fantastic news from Malawi we just had to share....

Pensulo Maternity, HIV & Health Centre finally has its electricity connected & on!!

Serving a population of over 40,000 in a wide area around Pensulo village in Malawi, the clinic provides expectant mothers with the medical care they need as well as treating common diseases such as malaria, pneumonia & HIV/AIDS, and promoting family planning and health education.

Pensulo Clinic was built in 2008 by local Malawian people with the support of Quest volunteers and their donations. The fantastic bunch of people involved from the UK included 45 Royal Bank of Scotland employees who not only spent 3 weeks working hard to complete the project from foundations to roof, but also helped raise over £60,000 to do so!  Their work was then supported by a number of smaller groups of Quest volunteers who helped with the rendering, plastering, painting, and construction of the auxiliary buildings such as doctors housing.

The clinic is going from strength to strength and is busy every single day with patients and expectant mothers. News of the clinic has spread far and wide, resulting in a donation from a Malawian pharmacist based on the Kings Rd in London and visits by a doctor and medical students from the UK who have volunteered their services.

A true testament to the change that can be achieved by working together - for women's and all people's rights!

Be part of your own inspiring story this summer on our Malawi Orphan & Community Project.


11 Mar 2013 09:54, 1 year, 9 months ago

Photos to make you jealous - from Team Malawi Gap

It may be snowing here in the UK, but while we wrap up warm and take on lots of cups of tea, our intrepid Malawi Gappers sent through some pictures taken at Kipili in Tanzania - which may make you a just a little bit envious...