Medic Malawi is a small, dynamic charity that is transforming a very poor, large rural community in the seventh poorest country in the world. It funds a hospital, orphanages, schools and feeding centre in work that has been described by the local Bishop as “a beacon project for the development of the whole country”. The charity is also remarkable for the fact that it has no UK costs: it is run from a kitchen table in Shrewsbury by Stephen Drew, husband of Lesley Drew who has taught English at Shrewsbury School since 2011.
Every two years since 2012, groups of Shrewsbury School students have visited Medic Malawi to witness the work of the charity and muck in at the orphanage, school and farm. In 2016, the group were joined by young people from Shrewsbury House (the Shewsy), the School’s youth club in Liverpool. The joint visit was a particularly successful one and will be repeated this summer.
During this time, the School has raised over £40,000, which has built an Eye Clinic at the hospital. The group that visited Malawi in 2016 were able to witness the genuinely life-transforming work carried out by staff at the clinic, restoring sight to people who had been blinded by cataracts.
More recently, the hospital in Malawi has been asking for a minibus – to act as an ambulance, to collect the blind patients who live miles away from the hospital so that they can be brought to the Eye Clinic for cataract surgery, and to take medical staff out to remote areas for follow-up visits.
Thanks to the fact that Shrewsbury School has consistently raised significant amounts of money for Medic Malawi, their wish has now been granted. The plan is to put the Shrewsbury School crest onto the minibus.
In a message to pupils and staff telling them this news, Mrs Drew said, "Thanks so much to everyone for making such a major contribution to the work of this charity".
Note: Last September, the Headmaster took part in a 100-mile sponsored cycle ride as a major fundraiser for Medic Malawi and the Shewsy. His online donation page is still open and donations will be very gratefully received: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/headmastershrewsbury