FOMO was established in 2000 to aid Orphans in Mulanje, a district of Malawi, Africa.
From small beginnings in 2000 FOMO has grown and now looks after many thousands of children through a network of 14 centres covering over 90 villages in Mulanje district of Malawi.
FOMO is seen as a success by the children, local committees and officers, (DC, TA’s, Police, heath workers, social services etc), FOMO works by assisting and working with the communities using the traditional values and structures that have served the population in what can only be describes as better time.
FOMO in the UK is run by a small board of trustees whose main work is to raise funds and awareness of the children’s situation. Additionally the FOMO UK is responsible for controlling these funds, identifying and facilitating the needs of FOMO Mulanje.
FOMO Mulanje’s day to day activities are run by a small number of employees, project officer, accountant, playschool teacher, matron plus round 150 local volunteers, that help out with the general day to day functions, cooking, sport, gardening club, choir etc. Each of the 14 centres has a locally elected volunteer committee who are responsible for the day to day running of their centre and they are also responsible for identifying and assessing children in need.
The bridge between FOMO UK and FOMO Mulanje is mainly through our founder Mary, who is in a special position in that she understands Malawi, speaks the language, has a clear view of the injustices and knows how to motivate the local population, and generally is an inspiration and example to us all.
With an eye on the future FOMO, run 14 playschools, a driving school, a computer school, secondary school,(FISS) and a tailoring school/outlet. We, when funds are available, sponsor further education for the children.