Alice saw that Malawi Smiles had to reach out beyond the immediate family to a wider group of orphaned children. More fund raising was done, including Jewellery making, and individual donations of both money and useful items of clothing enabled Alice to make her most ambitious trip to Malawi so far. This time to work with a larger group under the care of Bishop Emelda.
Alice was accompanied by Jan Campbell who had herself been active in fund raising. It is important to state that with the various trips to Malawi, Alice, Caroline and Jan all paid their own way. Everything that was raised for the children went to support them, with no administration expenses at all.
The centre piece of this visit was a week-long workshop for girls. Fifty had been expected and planned for. Seventy eight turned up!
The week was spent on several activities including art, sport, music, and jewellery making. This latter workshop developed skills that can be turned into commercial activity, as the girls can sell the jewellery they make.
At the end of the week many of the children asked Alice and Jan to stay. Of course, that was not possible. But both of them are determined to raise more funds and to return in August 2018.