FOMO Malawi

Friends of Mulanje Orphans, (Malawi)

Community Orphan Care

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UK Charity No 1090727 Malawi Charity No CONGOMA C159/2003 & NGO/R/05/08

100% of your donation will provide direct help to sustain and improve the children’s lives. Making that difference.

FOMO has been there since 2000 looking after orphaned and vulnerable children in Malawi will you be there for them in the future?

Are you able to leave a gift in your will to help the children out of poverty?

Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO) is a community based orphan care programme supporting over 4,500 children through a network of 14 centres in Mulanje district of Malawi. FOMO covers all aspects of the children’s welfare including health through our outreach clinic, formal and informal education, food security and production. The programme also covers pre-school, out of school activities and further learning through our play schools, computer, driving and tailoring schools. The programme also covers the provision of school materials, personal items (Soap, clothes, blankets, and mosquito nets) and community much more.

The programme is run by a very small staff with over 200 local volunteers; our funds are raised by a small, but resourceful volunteer committee in the UK.

FOMO provides direct aid and reaches out to many thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children, but we do need a regular source of funding and your personal donations are both valued and appreciated.

FOMO established June 2000 is a registered charity in both the UK & Malawi

This is a list of some of the FOMO’s achievements in 2014, and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone that has contributed to helping the children and trust that you will help us once again in 2015.

2014 Major Achievements

  • Identification of over 4,500 children
  • Maintained and ran 14 FOMO Centres
  • Ran and Maintained 14 Play Schools
  • Opened and ran a secondary school – 200 students
  • Completed building 88 place girls hostel for FOMO’s Secondary School
  • Completed the computer (IT) room and Library at FOMO’s Secondary School
  • Funding 2 students at university
  • Funding 1 students at medical college
  • Funding 1 students at nursing school college
  • Funding 1 students at Malawi polytechnic
  • Funded all form 4’s at IT and paid exam fees
  • Funded 385 children to go to secondary school
  • Provided school uniforms, text books, shoes and educational materials
  • Provided personal toiletries, shoes, clothes, sport ware and equipment to the children.
  • Support to all the FOMO registered Primary School Children
  • Maintained the children feeding programme, 1.1 million meals a year
  • Maintained Health Care to the children most in need
  • Operating a day Clinic and Outreach programme (Now upgraded to an HIV centre)
  • Maintained our Links with Intercare (Medicine)
  • 179 Workers supported by 130 Local Volunteers
  • Ran Activities Songs, Drama, Excursions, Dance, Stories, Sport, Reading Classes
  • Maintained (Repainted/repaired) 2 Centres
  • Ran and Maintained a Maize mill facility
  • Funded and filled 1 container
  • Distributed goods from the container to the centres and children
  • Maintenance and Repair of Buildings and 4 Bore Holes
  • Ran the basic recording studio, driving school, computer school and tailoring unit
  • Hosted day and holiday visitors including World Challenge, Bay House School, D.A.R.E. Volunteers (University of Dundee)
  • Supported FOMO FC in the Malawi southern region football league.
  • Purchased a school minibus
  • Ran and maintained produce gardens
  • Purchased land for addtional land for a boys hostels
  • Installed 3 x 6000 Litre water tanks and guttering for water harvesting project at FOMO Tambala.

2015 Major Challenges


  • Maintain Food, Health & Education Programmes
  • Specific Funding Help for the Clinic and Outreach Programme
  • Specific Funding Help FOMO's Independent Secondary School (FISS)
  • Container 2014

Wish List

  • Addtional school Block with 4 classrooms
  • Boy School Hostel
  • 24 seater school bus
  • Refurbish Tailoring Unit
  • Extension of FOMO Gulumba Centre
  • Build a Maize Mill
  • Water Harvesting Project (4 Centres)
  • Solar Water Heating Project (6 Centres)
  • Build Centres at: Galumba, Chole, Sazola, Naluwadi, Chinyama

    Winner of the Beacon Community Builder Award 2010

    Helping does make the difference