In the Beginning...Why did “Friends of Malezi” begin? Mary Makaranga is the Director of “Makumbwa Malezi Children’s Organistation”, the registered Tanzanian Charity and it was her vision to build a centre for neglected and abandoned children in Geita, Tanzania. George and Dee Smerdon met Mary in 2010 whilst working on a different project and were so inspired by her passion and drive that they set up the UK based charity “Friends of Malezi”. Along with Sallie Hage and Alison Counsell as fellow Trustees, there have since been many trips back to Geita and on going fundraising to help see this vision become a reality.
FOM Sponsorship ProgrammeThe FOMSP was set up in 2014 to support each child living in the Malezi house. We have individuals, couples, families and organisations in our Sponsorship group and contributions vary. It is also possible to sponsor the centre to support the maintenance, livestock, crops and transportation. Your sponsorship gives these children a brighter and healthier future and makes all the difference to them being able to fulfil their potential. To learn more click on "Find out More"
FundraisingWe are fundraising all the time with pub quizzes, concerts, garage sales, fashion presentations, coffee mornings and car boot sales. Every penny raised goes directly to the Makumbwa Malezi Children’s Organisation via our accountant, Alison Counsell. We have also been very fortunate to receive large individual donations without which we would have struggled. We have a wish list of items that we are always striving towards to achieve for the children. If you would like to host your own fundraising event in support of FOM please do contact us on George.firstname.lastname@example.org If you have an ideas on Grants, funding opportunities, or any other sources of financial support we are always open to any suggestions.
Location: Ferry Boat Inn, Holywell