Malawi Birmingham Partnership
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Matilda's Malawi is a 25-minute film celebrating the Malawi Partnership and largely spoken by Malawians. It shows a ‘day in the life’ of a 15-year-old schoolgirl and there are a number of resources for parishes and schools being prepared for release as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Partnership in 2016.
Click here to head to the Resource Page for Matilda's Malawi.
Watch the trailer below:
Visit by Bishops marks 50th anniversary of Malawi Partnership
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Malawi Partnership, which was set up in 1966 shortly after independence. Malawi remains a very poor country with a rapidly rising population and heavy pressure on land and natural resources. There is currently widespread hunger owing to poor harvests in 2015 resulting from flooding succeeded by widespread drought. The harvest in 2016 should relieve the pressure in the north and central regions, but the signs are for another poor harvest in the South. Under such circumstances the Malawian Anglican church is especially grateful for Birmingham’s friendship and support.
To mark the 50th anniversary we invited the four bishops: Alinafe, Brighton, Fanuel and Francis to the UK. They were in Birmingham from 7 to 15 May, staying as guests of parishes across the Diocese: Boldmere, Edgbaston, Hall Green, Harborne, Maney, Polesworth, Quinton, Solihull and Warley Woods.
A celebration service was held in the Cathedral on Sunday 15 May, 3.30pm. Bishop David preached, and there was a Q & A session with all the bishops. The bishops’ schedule in their host parishes included preaching and addressing meetings, visits to schools, and meals and outings with parishioners. They took part in two shared Bible studies with Bishop David and Bishop Maurice Sinclair, and had discussions on the future of the partnership, a final joint statement - a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by all five bishops, click here to view the copy. They also met with theological and other teachers; attended a Mothers Union Diocesan tea party and a dinner at Bishops Croft.