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A Meeting with the Village Chief

Posted on: July 26, 2017
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By Henderson Kadammanja It’s July and the signs of winter can’t go unnoticed. It is late in the afternoon and the sun can be seen receding through the patches of clouds giving its last solace of warmth for the day as the evening cold winter breeze is slowly creeping in. I’m with Joseph Kaputa, a […]

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Meet our Malawian Photographer

Posted on: July 12, 2017
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You might remember we ran a photography competition for World Water Day in March and through this we met Malumbo Amaru. He is an incredibly talented Malawian photographer and when he suggested taking some pictures for us it was an offer we couldn’t refuse and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We had a […]

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10 insights into Pump Aid’s latest project

Posted on: June 21, 2017

Small Charity Week comes round once a year with the aim of celebrating smaller charities which do incredible work with smaller teams and smaller budgets. Pump Aid recently won the award for International Aid and Development Charity of the year at the annual Charity Awards which aims to highlight best practice across the sector. The Charity Awards are […]

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Turning Trash into Cash

Posted on: June 19, 2017
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Author: Eva Phiri: Project Manager It’s around 10.30 in the morning and very sunny in Kachere which is one of the slums in Blantyre, the second largest city in Malawi. The waste collectors are gathered at the sanitation centre after a busy morning sorting waste at a dumpsite. Rodrick is one of these waste agents […]

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Introducing Margaret to our team

Posted on: June 5, 2017
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Hello! My name is Margaret and I’ve recently joined the Pump Aid team as the Partnerships and New Business Manager. Some people I meet these days seem surprised that I spent most of the last 20 years trading agricultural commodities for multinational corporations. I have been really lucky to have enjoyed the opportunity of building […]

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The Story of ‘My Journey’ pre-school

Posted on: May 15, 2017
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Thanks to support from our partners the children at My Journey pre-school can now look to a brighter future. Follow the story to find out more… How we discovered ‘My Journey’ pre-school There are over 9,000 pre-schools across Malawi and sadly 75% of these schools are nothing more than a shell with no access to basic […]

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Patrick’s advice on: Payroll Giving

Posted on: May 11, 2017
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Spotlight on Payroll Giving: Regular Donations made simple and tax-efficient 30 years of Payroll Giving and Rick Astley! I’m not going to claim that Rick Astley was singing about charitable donations but his single “Never Gonna Give You Up” was released in 1987 and that was also the year in which Payroll Giving was introduced! […]

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Introducing Patrick to our team

Posted on: April 11, 2017
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Hello! My name is Patrick. I recently left the world of financial planning and joined Pump Aid to enhance partnerships and relationships with trusts, foundations and philanthropists. I’m also going to share a few insights to explain how financial planning and philanthropy can go together as there are many ways to support good causes while […]

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Patrick’s advice on: Gift Aid

Posted on: April 10, 2017
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Spotlight on Gift Aid – benefit great causes and pay less tax What is Gift Aid? Gift Aid is a tax relief designed to encourage individuals to make donations to charities and it is working. The amount of Gift Aid paid to charities totalled £1.26bn in 2015/16 (up from £1.19bn in the previous year). In […]

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Water #MeansToMe: No more water ‘nightmares’

Posted on: March 22, 2017
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[Interviewed by Fred Mtendere – Pump Aid’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in Malawi] Charles, 56 years old tells us how much his life has changed since his community purchased a water pump from a Pump Aid entrepreneur. Pump Aid’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Fred recently had the opportunity to ask him a few questions of […]

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