2016 Member Awards NGO

The winner of the 2016 SMP Member Award

for NGO impact is....


Mary's Meals

Mary's Meals


Please describe your Malawi link. 

Mary’s Meals provides daily school meals for over 870,000 children in Malawi – and over 1.1 million children worldwide. The most outstanding aspect of our work is the continued dedication of a staggering 23,672 volunteers in Malawi who rise at the earliest hours of the morning to prepare food and serve hundreds of thousands of children from the poorest communities every day. Strong partnerships are fundamental to the success and reach of our programme, and we provide ongoing training and mentoring for our volunteers, teachers, and community members in Malawi. We also rely on our network of volunteers across the globe, including Scotland, who work tirelessly to fundraise for our work. Together, we are driven to eliminate hunger in the classroom so that the most vulnerable girls and boys across the country have the chance to gain an education, meet their potential, and free themselves from poverty.

How does your partnership advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals? 

Mary’s Meals strives to achieve zero hunger, quality education, and good health and well-being through the provision of over 870,000 meals every day across Malawi - to reduce poverty through education. We have made significant progress - 74% less children are hungry and 60% more can concentrate better in class due to our programme. We promote gender equality, discussing the importance of girls’ education with communities, with consequent substantial rises in female enrolment. We support sustainable communities - providing seeds, tools, and training so that schools can grow woodlots. We also promote clean water and sanitation through handwashing resources.

Which of the SMP’s ‘Partnership Principles’ do you think you excel at?

Mary’s Meals excels in interconnectivity through partnerships in Malawi with communities, school staff, school committees, the Government, and other organisations. Shining examples of success include Mary’s Meals’ work with the Malawian Government on developing a national School Health and Nutrition policy, which will ensure long term programme sustainability. We also co-facilitate School Health and Nutrition Working Groups in Malawi, enabling organisations to share best practice, assess gaps, and work together to provide holistic support. As a result, private companies and NGOs have provided complementary services to our programme, such as environmental and water, sanitation, and hygiene resources in schools.

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Congratulations to all the runners-up below: 


Of course, the SMP isn’t really about competition between members, with winners and losers: we know all our members have an incredible story to tell about how they’re transforming lives through dignified partnership. 

We hope the Member Awards are a fun and engaging way to help members tell their story, and of celebrating the impact all the many people-to-people links are having. 


Children's Medical Care Malawi

Children's Medical Care Malawi


We are a partnership of clinical teachers. All of us have worked as nurses or clinicians caring for sick children. We have all seen children die because they did not receive the right treatment at the right time. We are driven by a shared goal to deliver high quality clinical teaching to end preventable child deaths in Malawi.

We began in March 2014 training 31 Malawian clinical tutors to deliver “ETAT” paediatric emergency care training, building capacity so high-quality training can be locally sustainable. A major strength is that all training is led by Malawian tutors, with external monitoring and support from our Scottish partners. We constantly strive to be better - working together to improve our training, listening to our students, developing innovative materials and sharing lessons learned.

By March 2017 we will have provided just under 1000 new nurses and clinicians with the skills to save children’s lives.

EMMS International

EMMS International


For 175 years, EMMS has worked with partners to improve healthcare for all. We produce lasting change, build capacity, and support partners to serve the poor and vulnerable. First working in Malawi in 1881, in 2015 we and six partners served 105,264 Malawians.

Last year we helped 3 hospitals become palliative care Centres of Excellence, serving 8,178 patients, and helping the Palliative Care Association of Malawi and Ministry of Health implement new policies.

Our intimate understanding of Malawi’s healthcare and our partners enabled us to help 9,562 people in 2015’s floods, and soon 3,350 people needing food. We are helping 300,000 citizens hold their health service accountable.

We trust our partners: they are our experts. We encourage them to expect high standards, and insist on total accountability.

Our values are Christian: faithful, empowering, encouraging and accountable. We aim for the day when Malawi’s talented people will do without foreign aid.

The Kerusso Trust

The Kerusso Trust


The Kerusso Trust is a Christian education charity, working in partnership with the Malawian para-church training provider, J-Life Ministries. 

Over 90% of church leaders in Malawi have received no formal training. Partnering with J-Life, we have a shared vision for transforming rural Malawi through training rural church leaders.

Our workshops are locally-delivered – to date around 1000 men and women from over 50 denominations across six Districts have benefitted.  We are now developing an intensive program for multiplication of local trainers.

This year, we opened a Resource Centre building near Blantyre to equip trainers, and for educational support, mentoring interns, youth development, and local community education. We have also commenced a UK-Malawi volunteer programme for sharing skills and mutual learning. Our values are of relationship, respect, mutual accountability and learning. The Kerusso

Trust owns nothing in Malawi and runs nothing on our own. Our partnership principles and working make the partnership empowering and sustainable.

Link Community Development

Link Community Development


Link works with schools, local communities and government to improve the quality of education. Poor schools working in weak systems need everyone to pull together to help girls and boys to learn and develop the foundational skills they need to lead productive, healthy and happy lives.

Getting to the root of the problem and making lasting change takes time. We have been working in Malawi since 2006, building dignified partnerships which lead to long-term improvements.

  • 225,000 parents and community members assessed how their schools are performing and made plans to help them improve
  • 4,500 classroom teachers and Headteachers trained
  • 5.1 million students attend schools striving for the National Education Standards

Meningitis Research Foundation

Meningitis Research Foundation


For 15 years, MRF has worked with local partnerships in Malawi. Together with the Malawi Liverpool-Wellcome Trust and D-Tree International, our current multidisciplinary project tackles the issue of high infant and child mortality through improving the effectiveness of triage in primary health clinics in Blantyre and Chikhwawa..

Adapting emergency triage for the primary setting, we train frontline health workers to implement triage in clinics, aided by an innovative mHealth tool which helps them to prioritise the most severely ill children. Since April last year we have triaged over 100,000 children and trained 312 healthcare workers in 8 health facilities.

The uniqueness of our project is rooted in the partnership’s understanding of the Malawian health context, and driven by collaboration, sustainability and local ownership. The goal is to deliver a proven implementation package for the Ministry of Health to adopt and roll out nation-wide to ensure a truly sustainable impact.




Following a report that the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre registered the most pediatric rabies deaths in a single institution in the whole of Africa, we are working together with the Blantyre Society for Protection and Care of Animals (BSPCA) and the Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development (DAHLD) to eliminate canine mediated rabies in southern Malawi since 2015.

After conducting a hugely successful mass vaccination drive, where we vaccinated more than 35,000 animals in just 20 days, we were able to roll out our programme to now 3 entire districts in southern Malawi, Blantyre, Zomba and Chiradzulu.

Working hand in hand with the DAHLD we have vaccinated more than 90,000 dogs in Malawi to date, which will break the disease cycle and the transmission from animals to people. Our programme is also complemented by an education campaign, teaching communities about how to avoid dog bites and rabies prevention.

Rare Charity

Rare Charity


Rare Charity disrupts established thinking about sustainable development, aid and charitable giving. 10 years ago Rare Tea Company began working with the Satemwa Tea Estate, Malawi. Over a decade later our Founder Henrietta Lovell recognised the possibility of creating social change by re-investing a percentage of the revenue from Rare Tea Sales into the young people connected to the Estate. We have committed to setting up tertiary educational scholarships for young people supporting local, direct and individual benefits to their future and wider social change within their families and the community.

Ripple Africa

Ripple Africa


RIPPLE Africa has been working in Malawi since 2003 for a better tomorrow.

What are we doing in northern Malawi? Simple. The environment, education and healthcare projects which we run and support . We use low tech and innovative solutions and get amazing results by providing a hand UP, not a hand out!

George is a fisherman. He has been educated and empowered to look after the breeding areas. By doing this George knows he’ll be able to catch larger fish therefore able to feed his family. 

Kate is saving trees and time. Kate has more time because her Changu Changu Moto fuel efficient cookstove uses less wood which means she only needs to collect one bundle of wood per week. 

Meg is attending Mwaya primary school, giving her the best chance to get an education. 

Kate takes Trifonia to under fives clinics once a month to be weighed, and to receive vital immunisations.

Scotland Malawi Anaesthesia

Scotland Malawi Anaesthesia

We deliver multi-disciplinary health education on anaesthesia and maternity emergencies. Our link has facilitated development of high-dependency units throughout Malawi and has measurably improved maternal survival in three districts.

Our partnership is 10 years old and based on effective communication, mutual respect, joint decision-making and bi-lateral sharing of expertise. It is driven by a shared belief that every maternal death is a tragedy, avoidable maternal death is unacceptable, and that every person has the right to the best care possible within the region they reside. 

The key element determining our impact is the thorough knowledge of the countrywide needs, provided by our Malawian lead. His guidance -based on first-hand clinical and administrative experience, liason with DHOs and MoH - has determined our behaviour.

Tearfund / LISAP

Tearfund / LISAP


Tearfund is dedicated to workin through local church partners as we see the church as an established pillar in communities where we can have dignified partnerships for long-term development in Malawi.

LISAP and Tearfund have been working in partnership since 2004. Tearfund has supported projects focusing on prevention, care, mitigation and support of people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Northern Malawi as well as the Girls and Boys Empowerment Project (GBEP). GBEP began with a pilot and has been running for 7 years it was completed in June 2016 with the final phase empowering and equipping 35,760 children in Karonga District. The project worked with children and the community understanding that children should be protected from harmful cultural, social, and economic practices which expose them to abuse, deny them educational opportunities and put them at greater risk of HIV infection, poverty and other associated health risks.