Help us buy desks this Christmas

unnamedWe are currently fundraising to be able to buy desks for the top three years at Kochilira primary school, for whom we built two classrooms over the summer. Desks and chairs play a vital role in enabling girls to continue attending school once they reach puberty. Each chair and desk costs £20 per seat. If you would like to help with this, please transfer £20 to our bank account (or send Pauline a cheque) and label it ‘desks’. It would be fantastic to be able to buy as many desks as they need in the New Year.

NWT Christmas cards now on sale

We are happy to present our newest Christmas card, designed by one of the street children whose education we are proud to support.

This unique card is available either blank inside, for your own message, or with the message “Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas”, and is on sale at the unchanged price of £3:50 per pack of ten, plus 50p for p & p.
Make sure you let us know which version you want!

We also have a few packs left of our popular nativity carving card, available at the reduced price of £2 per pack of ten, plus 50p for p&p.

You can order by emailing Pauline on webber.pauline@gmail .com, and paying your donation straight into our bank account (sort code 089299, account number 65156711) or by writing to Pauline at 1 Apple Tree Walk, Clymping, West Sussex, BN17 5QN and enclosing a cheque.

Meet Elijah

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This is Elijah, who has just graduated with First Class Degree in Computer Engineering in Malawi. Elijah finished top of his class and second among all the graduates in all disciplines. The Nick Webber Trust has supported Elijah through our partnership with Tikondane Centre for street children, through his primary and secondary schooling and now through five years of undergraduate study, so we are feeling really very proud of him! He is a wonderful role model to younger children, often returning to the Centre to help in practical ways and to offer advice and encouragement. We wish you the best of luck in your future career, Elijah.

Since 2007, Nick Webber Trust has funded places at state boarding schools for children like Elijah, who have been living on the streets and have been assessed by Tikondane Centre as being unable to return to their village or at serious risk of harm in their own communities. Thanks you your support, we will fund at least 26 students in school or tertiary education in the coming academic year.

Thank you to Jon Webber for his service as a trustee

The Nick Webber Trust would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Jon Webber for all the work he has contributed to our charity over the past thirteen years. Jon was one of our founding trustees.

He set up our highly successful secondary school bursaries scheme, operated in partnership with Temwa, and has been running it since 2007. During that time, Jon organised our first school block building project and our teacher training pilot scheme, both in partnership with Temwa, along with our sponsorship of the award-winning AIDS-awareness film Mawa Langa.

Before that, he organised our project to equip and stock a law library in the Legal Aid Centre in Lilongwe, which Bill Clinton praised in his book Giving. Jon also set up the original legal and financial structures of the trust and has been running our website for the past ten years.

Jon has now stood down as a trustee of the Nick Webber Trust in order to concentrate on other work.

Thanks for everything, Jon. And all the very best for whatever you do next.