Help for hungry prisoners

Help for hungry prisoners
Help for hungry prisoners

Story and photo by Philip Ireson

Ten years ago, when I was Chaplain at Doncaster prison, I met an asylum seeker from Malawi. He was the first asylum seeker I had ever met and after he was sent back to Malawi we kept in touch.

In 2010 I visited Jumbo Kalua on his farm and was introduced to two amazing young Christian Malawians – Yohane and Kennedy – volunteering in a very run down juvenile prison in Lilongwe.

I agreed to support them financially and have done just that over the past six years.

Last month I returned to Malawi to deliver £1500 collected by St. Peters and Christ Church. The Malawian government has cut back on food for prisoners, so we bought a lorry load of maize and flour as well as medical items. The rest of the money will mend their sewing machines and provide gas for the kitchen.

The prison has grown from 80 to 245 teenagers yet the atmosphere has improved. Some are studying for higher level exams. We hope to set up a charity to support Kachere prison, its staff, inmates and educators.

<< | Up | >>

Print version

The content on this page was added to the website by Amy Palmer on 2016-07-21 13:29:03.
The content of the page was last modified by Alice Kirby on 2016-09-28 11:09:56.

Follow us on Twitter @TheBMessenger

All content is copyright © Burngreave Messenger Ltd. or its voluntary contributors, unless otherwise stated, not to be reproduced without permission. If you have any comments, or are interested in contributing to the Messenger and getting involved, please contact us.

Burngreave Messenger Ltd. Abbeyfield Park House, Abbeyfield Road, Sheffield S4 7AT.
Telephone: 0114 242 0564. Email:
Company Limited by Guarantee: 04642734
Registered Charity: 1130836

The Burngreave Messenger is a community newspaper with editorial independence, funded by the Big Lottery, Foyle Foundation, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Scurrah Wainwright Charity, local residents and our advertisers.

Help the Messenger with a donation