I taught with VSO at Soche Hill DSS and Chilumba DSS between 1967 and 1969. Having kept in touch with the families of ex-pupils for more than 40 years, I returned with my husband for a visit in May 2012 and again in September 2014, and friendships with a number of Malawian families were strengthened and still continue. We both love the country and its people and wish we could do more to further their wellbeing. . . . Our continued links with Malawian friends are still informal and personal. One family in Lilongwe we support by regular financial help with school fees. With other friends in the Mulanje area, our assistance began that way, but has now developed into responses to sporadic appeals from two trusted friends (young men who manage to run their own woodworking business) on behalf of their community - mostly in response to perennial Malawian crises such as flood damage, crop failure, etc.