Facts and figures: 10 years of NNT

As our tenth year draws to a close we thought it would be fun to look back on the last decade and share some of our reflections with you. Looking through the photos to put this together has drawn to mind all that has been achieved over the last ten years and we are reminded that none of it would have happened without the incredible and dedicated generosity from our supporters.

As you read about the impact that Nansato Nursery Trust has had on the lives of many please be reminded of the part that you have played. The challenge we face in the UK is to continue to raise funds so that all the good work can go on in the lives of the children and staff in Malawi. With rising running costs, one-off and regular donations from our wonderful supporters make a genuine impact to our pupils and staff.

We hope you enjoy looking through some of the faces we have come across in the last ten years and some of the figures that sum up the work of Nansato Nursery Trust so far.

Here’s to the next ten years!

The children have munched their way through 10,200kg of porridge. Since the nurseries opened in 2007, the Trust has worked in partnership with Mary’s Meals to provide a meal for each child every day. Filling their tummies, making them ready to learn and giving them the energy they need to play and run. Volunteers from the community come each day to prepare the porridge, which has been a real blessing to the children and staff.
Vanessa, the girl who loved to balance the beanbags, who shouted her introduction to us with pride and who danced and sang with gusto, is now in Primary 6 at Samson Primary School. She pops over regularly to visit Mr Alimoyo and Mevis, her nursery teachers. On our last visit in May we had the pleasure of meeting the young lady and chatting in English with the girl we knew and played with all those years ago.
3,178 children have passed through the nurseries. They have learned about colours, numbers, months, days of the week and so much more through song and play – and all done with lots of laughter and fun. From there, they then head to primary school with a depth of knowledge and readiness to learn. The primary 1 teachers often thank the nursery staff for all they have done to prepare the children for learning.
We have been really impressed with all of the teachers who have worked for Nansato Nursery Trust. One of the teachers who was with us at the beginning, Henderson, was hard working with a gentle and playful nature. Like a number of our teachers, after growing in confidence and gaining experience, he left the charity to further his career. He has since completed a degree and a Masters and is now Supervisor of Agriculture in Salima, which is on the lake shore. An amazing career journey after working as a teacher at Nansato Nursery.
Nansato Nursery Trust has employed 67 Malawian people in the past ten years, from those who helped to build the nurseries to our teachers and assistants. From those first days when the building foreman Mr Maotcha sat with us under a tree to interview builders, to the watchmen, teachers and groundsmen who continue in their roles today, lots of local people have played their part in helping to run the nurseries. One of the most exciting things has been watching how regular salaries have allowed staff to build houses, send children to secondary school and grow small businesses.
Nansato Nursery Trust has employed 67 Malawian people in the past ten years, from those who helped to build the nurseries to our teachers and assistants. From those first days when the building foreman Mr Maotcha sat with us under a tree to interview builders, to the watchmen, teachers and groundsmen who continue in their roles today, lots of local people have played their part in helping to run the nurseries. One of the most exciting things has been watching how regular salaries have allowed staff to build houses, send children to secondary school and grow small businesses.