Aquaid Lifeline Fund is a Cambridge based charity with a focus on the country of Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries. The work of Aquaid Lifeline is mainly concerned with the care and education of orphaned and needy children and we currently have over 3,000 orphans and vulnerable children under our umbrella of care.
Sadly, it is still too common for a woman to die in childbirth leaving an orphan baby with relatives who simply cannot afford to feed their own families let alone a new born baby requiring specialist milk powder. With this in mind, AquAid Lifeline operate an infant rescue program which supports the family to look after the baby by providing lactogen milk powder, clothes and monthly health checks at one of our clinics.
Since the charity was founded in 1999, we have built an orphan village at Namisu, 2 primary schools, (both of which are the top schools in their zone) and, more recently, 2 secondary schools. We have built 3 clinics which provide healthcare for our children as well as locals in the nearby rural villages. In total, we have 12 daycare centres with 8 providing residential accommodation for the most vulnerable children. Each centre provides food and school fees for around 130 children who visit daily for breakfast and again after school for lunch. All centres benefit from their own clean water supply, agricultural projects, and in some cases a simple solar powered irrigation system for the year-round growth of vegetables. In addition, we employ a tailor at each centre who is kept permanently busy with all those school uniforms to make and mend! Other staff include a qualified teacher, an administrator, cooks, cleaners, security guards and assistant teachers. Regular healthcare visits are made by our experienced pediatric nurse.
Due to the importance we place on self sufficiency, we are able to care comprehensively for a daycare orphan for a cost of just £6 per month. None of the contributions which are made to AquAid Lifeline Fund are used for administration so that every penny goes directly to the point of need.