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Transforming lives in The Warm Heart of Africa
Just as Bhubesi Pride Foundation made itself known on the world wide web, Malawian teacher, Wordsworth Rashid, sent the charity an email. He invited BPF’s founder, Richard Bennett, to stay with his family in Lilongwe and showed Richard what was possible through sport and education. Fast-forward to today and Wordsworth is employed full-time by BPF Malawi, helping to realise a long-term plan to engage the Mtema community in meaningful activities, uplifting hundreds of lives. BPF Malawi now employs a country manager, program operations manager, two coach managers, a maintenance team and 28 part-time coaches. We’re also bringing to life the 4-year construction project of a sports & education community centre. In early 2022, BPF Malawi started working with ChildFund Sport for Development to deliver a youth rugby, netball and life-skills program with over 700 children.
Malawi is listed as one of the poorest countries in the world economically, with HIV/Aids, malaria, teenage pregnancies, sub-standard literacy and numeracy rates and school drop-outs presenting persistent social challenges. Through sport, education and promoting healthy life choices in a welcoming and receptive community, BPF Malawi – the NGO we registered in 2017 – is enabling transformational change.
Mtema is a 710 square kilometre rural village community an hour’s drive north-west of Lilongwe with a population of 59,000; 35,000 of which are below 18 years of age. Homes here are traditionally constructed of sticks, mud and burnt or unburnt bricks (made from a mixture of water and sand placed in moulds and dried in the open air). Cooking is done over the fire in a separate building with a smoke hole in the roof. People bathe outside. Water is carried manually, often over great distances, for cooking and bathing.
Meet Wordsworth, local volunteer coach, Isaac, see volunteering in action and BPF Malawi's Mtema sports & education community centre coming to life
In 2022, we started working with ChildFund Sport for Development, incorporating their brilliant 'Reconnect' curriculum of youth rugby, netball and life-skills programming with 726 boys and girls, delivered by 28 trained male and female coaches. Daily sessions take place in local schools as well as on-site at BPF Malawi's newly constructed community centre.
BPF Malawi is realising a dream. Having purchased a 7-acre site in rural Lilongwe in 2018, the masterplan involved laying a full-size sports field, two netball courts and constructing a clubhouse (with two large learning spaces, changing rooms, offices, kitchen and canteen), on-site accommodation for visitors and a manager’s house.
We're now bringing the facility to life! Get involved...
Read about the impact we’re making with communities in rural Lilongwe and hear from participating stakeholders
"Our partnership with ChildFund takes our operations to greater heights. Together, we will make such a lasting difference."
Bridgette Sinthampi, Trustee, BPF MalawiRead On
"I am really excited to be part of the BPF Malawi family and I am very optimistic about great times ahead."
David Mchombo, Country Manager, BPF MalawiRead On
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"Working with ChildFund... it's a huge project for us. It's awesome. Bringing sport-for-development to Malawi is what we've been looking at since 2012."
Wordsworth Rashid, BPF MalawiRead On
"Everything is almost done! The community is geared up to start maximising the sporting and educational capability of the centre. It's awesome!"
Wordsworth RashidRead On
"I am truly humbled and delighted to be joining such an ambitious organisation and I cannot wait to get started!"
Caroline MtukuleRead On
“The students' experience has been amazing and they've developed their communication, leadership and organisation skills.”
Al Hancock, PE Teacher, Charters SchoolRead On
"I am following my heart to share in the journey of realising an incredible vision."
Gareth Nokes, CEO, Bhubesi Pride FoundationRead On
You have two practical ways to help make an impact with Bhubesi Pride Foundation. Choose how you’d like to get involved.