Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire accountancy firm, Whitley Stimpson, announces its continued support of the Bwengu Projects with funding going towards education bursaries for orphan students in Malawi.
A proportion of Whitley Stimpson’s funding will support the first disabled person to attend secondary school, Tionge Khambule, a female student from Thumbi village. Just 23 per cent of students enrolled in secondary education are female in Malawi.
“With 52 villages in the larger Bwengu area and an estimated population of 18,000 people, there is a big challenge ahead, ” comments Owen Kyffin, Partner, Whitley Stimpson. “We have supported the Bwengu Projects for a number of years and have seen the great work and difference being made to people’s lives from adult literacy education and the development of women’s centres through to orphan feeding stations and the provision of schooling for the next generation. We are delighted to continue assisting such a worthy cause.”
Established eight years ago by retired couple, Anthony and Sue Melia, from Warwickshire, to improve the lives of adults and children in North Malawi, one of the Bwengu Projects’ targets for 2013/14 is to increase the number of education bursaries offered to orphan students. Each month, all schools provide a monthly attendance and progress report for every student.
”We started our first admissions of the new education bursaries with 11 students in 2010,” comments Anthony Melia, Director of Bwengu Projects. “With generous support, we are hopeful of meeting our target of 150 bursaries by end 2014. I would like to offer our deep thanks to Owen Kyffin and Whitley Stimpson who were one of the first doners when the charity started. The firm’s continued support is very much appreciated.”
In addition to education, the completion in 2011 of a new hospital wing and the subsequent increase from beds available from seven to 49 has brought much help to the sick and needy of Bwengu villages.
Whitley Stimpson supports a number of charitable causes and remains committed to giving back to the community. Keen cyclists from the firm have raised funds for Prostate Cancer UK and CLIC Sargent and sponsorship has also been given to a local marathon runner and power lifter.
Whitley Stimpson’s accountancy specialists have provided financial advice to businesses and individuals for more than 80 years. For further information visit: www.whitleystimpson.co.uk
For further information about Bwengu Projects, visit http://www.bwenguprojects.co.uk/