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Transforming lives in The Warm Heart of Africa

Malawi – known as Nyasaland until independence in 1964 – is an African landlocked country with a growing population of 18 million. A fifth of its landmass is water, with Lake Malawi spanning 350 miles north-south. Chichewa is the national language and Kwacha the currency. Lilongwe, the capital, was founded as a trading post in 1906 and only recognised as a town in 1947. Malawi’s vibrant beat, open skies and welcoming people with a passion for music and dance all contribute to the country being affectionately known as The Warm Heart of Africa.

Making it happen

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.

Inspiring change and development in Malawi

Meet Wordsworth, local volunteer coach, Isaac, see volunteering in action and BPF Malawi's Mtema sports & education community centre coming to life

Here, now and the future
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BPF Malawi's Mtema community centre
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Community projects in Malawi

ChildFund youth sports & life-skills program, rural Lilongwe

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.

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Sports & education community centre (build project), Mzumanzi, Lilongwe

Sports & education community centre, Mtema, Lilongwe

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...

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Pride Stories: Malawi

Read about the impact we’re making with communities in rural Lilongwe and hear from participating stakeholders

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