Mission Direct

Registered Charity Number 1107824

Total raised
£4870.00 + £956.25 Gift Aid = £5826.25
+ £678.75 Gift Aid
+ £277.50 Gift Aid

About Mission Direct

Building hope, bringing change

Mission Direct enables everyday people to make a practical and lasting difference to some of the world's most vulnerable people. We do this by making long-term commitments to our carefully-chosen partners in-country and equipping volunteers to join us for a 2-week overseas mission trip to build homes, schools/classrooms, hospitals and rescue centres etc. The impact you have and how much your time means to the local people, will change you forever!


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Current fundraising pages

Cathy and Peter in Zimbabwe

Cathy and Peter Nicholls are leading a Mission Direct (MD) team to Zimbabwe in July and August 2019. Joshua Dhube School on the outskirts of Mutare has been built with massive practical help and financial support from MD teams over the last 7 years, but is now turning children away because of lack of space. You can find out more here.The school is excited about getting an electricity supply this year. Among many other things, this will open the way for children to have the chance to learn computer skills, with associated employment opportunities. Mission Direct partnered with ReWired in Zambia last year, where Peter tapped into his many years UK experience of IT in education to help install and train teachers. Our vision this year is to raise money to provide computers for Joshua Dhube School. Amazingly, by working with another charity that refurbishes computers from business and industry, the total cost of sending machines to Zambia last year was £80 each. That really is bang for your buck!We haven't led a team before so our learning curve is pretty steep and we won't be able to devote much time to fund-raising. But last year others' kindness and generosity provided well over £2000 to the building project in Zambia. We're hoping that just by publicising what we're doing we might raise a similar sum towards computers this year.Several people said last year that they really liked the close-knit, joined-up nature of Mission Direct's support. 100% of funds raised in this way reach the target project. 100%. It doesn't travel via NGOs, government or local mediators, it goes direct to the partner organisation in Africa.Anything you can give would be hugely valued by those in one of only two countries in the world where more than 70% of the people have an income which is below the national poverty line.

Peter Nicholls

  • International

The Miracle School at the end of the Road

It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. Well
would like to add that it takes a caring world to educate a child.

In a very rural corner of Malawi, a desperate need for a primary school was discovered.
Hundreds of children, eager to learn, were growing up without a school to go to. Without education, their future prospects were very limited. The nearest school was a two and a half hour walk away

too far for little legs!

And so, the building of 8 generous classrooms
began. Now 10 years later, and only one year since its official opening, the school is flourishing with over 600 pupils!

children now have the opportunity to learn,
have hope for a future and a chance to stretch their wings! They are like little sponges that have been immersed in water for the first time. Such Joy!

There are still important finishing touches
needed to complete the building of this miracle school:

Exterior rending of both school blocks.

- More toilet blocks

- The construction of two retaining walls, each 80m long.

- Four more teachers’
houses need rendering and painting before the staff can move in from their temporary accommodation, which is in poor condition.

- The beautiful classrooms need to be made into rooms that inspire learning, with

murals, and basic equipment
such as
desks and books for the library.

The goal for completing the work is
£15,000 ($19,500).

If your heart is touched, and you would like to be part of building this community by helping us complete the school, please donate on this page…and if you are a UK tax payer, you can increase that giving at no extra cost by simply completing the Gift Aid declaration as you give.

Please, come, journey with us and help us complete the final pieces in this miracle jigsaw!

Thank you.


Pauline Leadley

  • International

Malawi 2019

Building a School in Moyo, MalawiHaving volunteered with Mission Direct in Uganda, Kenya and Zambia, I will now be part of the staff team on a new project in Malawi. As usual, I will be paying my own expenses including the trip contribution and any funds raised here will ALL go towards the projects we will be working on for building materials, equipment, paint etc.Mission Direct has partnered with Starfish Malawi, who share the same core values and believe that every child should have access to education. People in Malawi are caught in a time warp & a poverty trap. Education is one route to escape the poverty cycle. The project is to build a new primary school in Moyo village near Salima where children currently walk four miles each way to the nearest school. By building a school we can help ensure that every child in Moyo village has a basic education and the chance of a brighter future. We will also be refurbishing the existing nursery at Moyo and supporting other initiatives in the local community.It's not too late to join the team of volunteers on 27 July – 10 August 2019, the cost of £1,995, is inclusive of flights from London, entry Visa, internal travel, medical insurance, food, accommodation, and bottled water, a trip to the Liwonde National Park with overnight safari and relaxation time on the shores of Lake Malawi.We will work on the building projects until lunch and afternoons will include visiting an orphanage, workshops & other community projects.

Diana Evans

  • International
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Current appeals

Cyclone Idai appeal

<p>Please support Mission Direct’s appeal to help our partners tackling the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.</p><p><br></p><p>The cyclone hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on 15<sup>th</sup> March. It is the worst recorded tropical cyclone in sub-Saharan Africa and has affected over 2.6 million people. Winds reached 175 km/h, devastating large areas of land. People, property and crops have been washed away by rock falls, mud slides and significant flooding.</p><p><br></p><p>Many already vulnerable groups are even more exposed, including child headed families and the elderly. Thousands of people have been made homeless and are now hungry. </p><p><br></p><p><strong>Granny Francesca</strong> is an example of one of these people. She has no living relatives and lives in an informal dwelling that, although still standing, does not shelter her from the weather. Her clothes and bedding remain wet.</p><p><br></p><p>Mission Direct send mission teams to Manicaland in Eastern Zimbabwe to build school classrooms and to participate in community outreach programmes to the most needy. One of these teams had only just finished their projects the day before the cyclone arrived. We desperately want to provide assistance to the people and communities in which we have served. </p><p><br></p><p><strong><u>Who and what?</u></strong></p><p>Mission Direct believe in supporting local organisations who know the local needs best and who have the trust of their communities. Our main partner in Zimbabwe is the United Baptist Church who are particularly concentrated in Eastern Zimbabwe. They are on the ground providing emergency assistance and have well established infrastructure and capacity to coordinate activities across the whole region. </p><p><br></p><p>They have a working response plan that considers immediate to long-term aspects of this crisis. Their immediate plan is to provide food, medication, blankets, clothing, sanitary wear and assistance with burying the dead. This is to be closely followed by temporary housing and counselling services while continuing to provide basic needs. Longer term they will support more permanent rebuilding, crop and livestock resuscitation, and income generation. Long after the TV cameras have left and many western charities will have returned home, our partners will continue to serve these communities.</p><p><br></p><p>We urge you to please support our Zimbabwean partners as they meet the needs on the ground. Thank you!</p><p><br></p><p>Wil Horwood, CEO</p>

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