PRACTICAL ASSISTANCE FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN MALAWI AND THEIR FAMILIES

Wedding dresses

With very limited formal employment opportunities available and no social security system, War on Want estimates that 88% of Malawians struggle

to make a living from subsistence agriculture or independent, small-scale entrepreneurial trading ventures.

Joyce lives near Mangochi, a town situated in the southern region of Malawi, and liaises with the families ChildCare Malawi supports. In an effort to increase her earnings, she makes bridal flower arrangements for friends and neighbours. Fresh flowers are prohibitively expensive, so her posies and floral decorations are made using artificial flowers and small baskets decorated with glossy paper ribbons to match the bride’s colour scheme. As the prospect of buying a wedding dress is out of the question for most brides in Malawi, Joyce has identified a demand for wedding dresses and bridal accessories that can be hired out locally at reasonable prices.

What you could do to help

If you would like to give your wedding dress a new lease of life, please consider donating it to Joyce. Sleeveless or short-sleeved dresses are most suitable because of the hot climate. Associated bridalwear from shoes,

jewellery, veils, tiaras and hair accessories to dresses for wedding guests, clutch bags and bridesmaid dresses would also bring great joy to brides in Malawi who could otherwise not realise their dreams of a stylish wedding.

When newly married couples are given monetary gifts by their wedding guests in a practice known as kufupa, the money is collected in a lichero – usually a tray or a large bowl – but a piece of fabric (chitenje) is sometimes used instead.

Charitable status

ChildCare Malawi is unable to register with the Charity Commission because our annual income is less than £5,000. However, we are registered as
a Small Charity with HMRC, which entitles us to claim Gift Aid on eligible donations.

 

Butterflies

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Picture credits

All images are copyright of
their owners and must not be used for any reason without prior written authorisation.

Main page

Top left: © Glades Kwilaya.

First row of photo gallery

© Jimmy Banda.

Second row of photo gallery

© Joyce Maunde.

Third row of photo gallery

Left: © Francis Mbewe.

Right: © Samuel Adam.

Fourth row of photo gallery

© Sheila Banda.

Fifth row of photo gallery

Left: © Joyce Maunde.

Right: © Frank John.

 

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Grateful thanks to Ethical Weddings and Friends of the Earth for supporting this

project so enthusiastically.