Scripture Union of Malawi
Scripture Union in Malawi (SUM), is part of an international interdenominational Christian organization that works with children, young people and families in schools and churches with the aim of encouraging reading of the Bible. The parent organization was founded in England by Josiah Spiers in 1867 when he began informally telling children stories from the Bible. The ministry quickly grew leading to the formation of the Children’s Special Service Mission (CSSM), which began to distribute Bible reading cards. By 1893, CSSM had distributed 13 million children’s leaflets in fifty languages all around the world. The name was changed to Scripture Union in 1960 and has now grown in over 140 countries.
SUM was formally established in Malawi in December 1970 by Ralph and Jane Hanger. As there was already an organization working with secondary schools, SUM initially concentrated on working with young people who had left school and had moved into the towns. Over the years, it has been involved in a number of activities including establishing Bible clubs/study groups across Malawi, holding annual youth camps, and distributing Bible reading aids and other Christian literature.
The Daughters of Wisdom
The Daughters of Wisdom is a group belonging to the Montfort Missionaries. They arrived in British Central Africa in 1904 and continue assisting in the development of health and education sectors in Malawi.
- Type I (Cream)
- Type IA (Green)
The Lujeri Estates is approximately 3,000 hectares of tea estates at the southern base of Mulanje Mountain. J Lyons & Co, under Harry Salmon (head of the tea division), purchased the estate during the 1920’s for £25,000 from Alberto Sabatini. The purchase by foreign buyers was not welcomed by the local community.
A year after the purchase, a small hospital had been established for both Europeans and the native people, three native stores, a European store, and a native school. In addition, the local plantation manager had employed a police squad of ten men to maintain law and order.
After the 1961 Nyasaland elections, it was decided to dispose of the estate and the property was sold to Lyon’s chief competitor, Brooke Bond. It was later acquired by Unilever and in 1996 by PGI Group Ltd.
- Legacy: One Family, a Cup of Tea and the Company that Took On the World – Thomas Harding
International Committee of the Red Cross
Since its creation in 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross’ sole objective has been to ensure protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and strife. It does so through its direct action around the world, as well as by encouraging the development of international humanitarian law (IHL) and promoting respect for it by governments and all weapon bearers. Its story is about the development of humanitarian action, the Geneva Conventions and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Within central Africa, the first branches were established through the British Red Cross Society, a society formed in 1870.
- Keith Harrop
- Walter Herdzik
Opening of Kamuzu Academy
21 November 1981
Kamuzu Academy was officially opened 21 November 1981 in Mtunthama, 150 kilometres north of Lilongwe. Initially it had 300 pupils. It was named after, the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the former President of Malawi.
Whilst Kamuzu Banda was still in power, the school only accepted the three best students from every district, who had to write a separate examination from the Primary School Leaving Certificate. Everything from uniforms to bedding, shoes, socks, textbooks, lab equipment, paints and sports attire was free.
The academic facilities comprise a library modelled on Washington’s Library of Congress, an auditorium, science labs, band, art, and home economics rooms, an outdoor amphitheatre and computer rooms.
The school’s sports facilities include a 33-metre swimming-pool, a 10-hole golf course, a pavilion overlooking a running track and main sports field, tennis courts, squash courts, two further sports fields, as well as outdoor basketball and volleyball courts.
It is now a private boarding school.