The Nchima (pronounced 'Encheema') Trust is a small charity, originally founded in 1962 by the Gardiner family.
The Nchima Trust only provides funds for projects within Malawi. Donations are presently concentrated on Health, Education, Orphan Support and a thriving Community Centre at Thyolo. The Trust has developed a strong focus on sponsoring education.
Donations are targeted and monitored carefully. On the ground in Malawi we have a several unpaid volunteers who ensure that all funding is spent appropriately. The volunteers meet student beneficiaries regularly to obtain feedback on their progress, oversee projects and distribute items listed in the gift list
We try very hard to ensure that as much of the money we spend, is spent on beneficiaries. We minimise admin and associated expenses. We are very lucky to have a number of volunteers (some ex Nchima beneficiaries) on the ground in Malawi and a vehicle for transprt.
The Nchima Trust has no paid employees, though reasonable expenses are paid to ensure that people are not out of pocket.
Its early operations were in the Thyolo and Blantyre districts in the Southern Region of Malawi. Later the Trust extended its activities to meet the needs of individuals and communities throughout the country.