Penicuik for Africa (PfA)
Birth In November 2005, members of the community and North Kirk accepted an invitation from St James The Less to parent a new ‘child’: PfA was born!
Pastures New – Wells for North Malawi
PfA is now supporting a team led by an altruistic young civil engineer from West Linton, Jonty Hunter. His social enterprise, Drinkwell International, aims to provide clean drinking water to every local community in North Malawi that lacks one.
Roughly one-in- three wells found in Africa no longer work. With £3000 from PfA, Jonty repaired six wells in the first 4 months of 2014. Progress continued well into 2015, as can be seen by the comprehensive Malidade Area Borehole Rehabilitation Report .
Many wells fail because communities lack the knowledge and incentive to maintain those installed at great expense by well-meaning charities and governments, Jonty’s team spend hours talking with local elders, explaining how to maintain simple pumps, designed by a member of the team.
How you can help.
We need new blood and fresh ideas; to help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Traidcraft beverages and foods sourced from Africa can be bought most Sundays in St James Hall, Broomhill Rd. from 11.45am-12.30pm.
To find out more about us, visit our stalls at community events and follow progress at http://www.stjamespenicuik.co.uk
Please send donations to treasurer Graham Smith, 2, Caplaw Way, Penicuik, earmarking cheques for PfA but made out to ‘St James The Less’: Gift Aid can be reclaimed without more ado
on amounts less than £20.
PfA the Back Story
Aspirations Our joint aim was to raise money in the town and get it to needy communities in Africa speedily & with minimal administrative costs
Early beneficiaries Within two years, £3k had been raised & sent to Kenya (Mombasa HIV/AIDS clinic), South Africa (Itipini dump project, Durban) and Zambia (Chitambo hospital).
Encores We took the idea to Old St Pauls, Edinburgh, in March, 2007. Opened by Sir Tom Farmer and closed by the Masai Warriors, it was a triumph! In 2009, 16 groups supported a 3rd Fair in town. ‘We hope to stage another Fair in Penicuik Town Hall in September , 2015 to celebrate our 10th birthday. Please come!’
Focus on Chitambo