Mphatso Childrens Foundation
"Feed the Children, Grow the Community and Impact the Future"
Mphatso Children’s Foundation was officially formed in April 2006 by Robyn Casey. By using a community development approach, Mphatso desires to come alongside the people of Malawi to enable choices that empower them to escape the effects of poverty and grow to their full potential in God.
Robyn first went to Malawi in 2002 on a short term mission trip and fell in love with the people of Malawi. She knew then that she would return to work alongside these people. In November 2004 Robyn left Australia to begin her work in Malawi. Initially unsure of what she would do there, Robyn was quickly moved by the plight of the young children who were often without food for up to three days. One of her ways of attempting to address this was to begin a nursery school. Thus, the work of Mphatso had began. Mphasto (which means gift) is the name the local people have given to Robyn Casey.
Today Mphatso Children’s Foundation employs over 50 staff and runs 10 nursery schools in rural areas along the shores of Lake Malawi. There are over 1000 children who attend these nursery schools. Not only do they receive an education, but also a nutritious meal, which is sometimes their only meal for the day. The work continues to grow, with kids clubs, sewing groups, women’s ministries and HIV support groups all weekly occurrences. Mphatso Children’s Foundation also provides student sponsorships, supports local sporting teams and provides much needed emergency assistance in the form of piece work, food, transport and help in accessing medical care.
In January, 2011, Robyn Casey was joined by the Johnstone family (Mark, Lena, Jack, and Bethany). The Johnstone’s plan to spend between two and four years at Kande Beach, expanding the work of Mphatso. More of their story can be found in the ‘Meet the Team’ section.
Your support is vital for the continuation of the work of Mphatso, and is greatly appreciated. If you would like more information regarding Mphatso, or would like to receive our regular newsletter updates, please feel free to contact us. If you would like to give financially, please follow the links. Mphatso would not exist if it weren’t for your generous and ongoing support.