LOCAL charity FROM Scotland (Famine Relief for Orphans in Malawi) have taken delivery of a 20 foot shipping container kindly donated by offshore-cargo company OEG Offshore.
In June 2012 FROM Scotland sent a 20 foot shipping container full of medical supplies, clothing, computers and medical equipment, all of which was generously donated, to Blantyre, Malawi.
In March 2013 another container, this time 40ft long, was sent crammed full of essential medical equipment and supplies including hospital beds, wheelchairs, and walking aids etc again all donated.
The charity are are delighted to announce that OEG Offshore have agreed to donate a Shipping Container complete with FROM Scotland logos on the outside and also fund the shipment of this container to Blantyre, Malawi.
Lewis Taylor, Chairman of FROM Scotland said, “This very generous donation is worth almost £10,000 to us and we are currently gathering Medical Equipment, Medical Supplies, Clothes and such like. Once the container is full, hopefully early in 2014, it will be on its way.
“FROM Scotland continues to go from strength to strength since it was formed in 2005 during the famine that struck Malawi in Africa leaving orphaned and vulnerable children literally dying in the streets through disease, hunger and starvation.
A group of local folk decided that something had to be done to alleviate the suffering of these poor children and from the simple beginnings of a sponsored walk designed to raise a few hundred pounds to send to a doctor in Malawi to buy food, FROM Scotland has now passed the £250,000 mark.”
FROM Scotland are currently feeding 1,500 children every day through feeding stations and orphanages, but this is not all that they are doing.
The charity has funded many projects through Dr Tracy Morse (nee Thomson), originally from Pitcaple near Inverurie, who has lived and worked in Malawi since 2000 as a Health Initiative Project Manager on behalf of Strathclyde University and is funded by the Scottish Government.
In addition FROM Scotland has funded clinics in rural villages, a health workers house, school classrooms, feeding stations and a maize mill.
Bore holes have been drilled at several remote villages to give a source of clean water. Hundreds of mosquito nets, water treatments, and seed and fertiliser packs as well as 30 bicycle ambulances have been provided. In addition FROM Scotland has supported hospitals, rural maternity clinics, orphanages and provided much needed flood relief during a period of heavy rain and flooding earlier this year.
FROM Scotland has achieved all this with no administration costs here in Scotland or in Malawi where all the work for FROM Scotland is carried out on a voluntary basis by Dr Tracy Morse.
More information about FROM Scotland is available at www.fromscotland.org.uk
• F.R.O.M. Scotland will hold a fundraising Soup and Sandwich Lunch in Chapel of Garioch Hall on Saturday, November 9, from 11.30am to 2pm. Along with refreshments there will also be a host of stalls.