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Kingfisher Volunteer Campsite

Kingfisher Volunteer Campsite

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In 2015, Henly Kumwenda (30) and the Kingfisher-Sekanawo team from Malawi, set out to develop an arid piece of land near Lumemo into a camping site to empower the local community.

The community of Lumemo currently faces a number of challenges. Many students are forced to learn under trees due to the lack of infrastructure.  Those who are fortunate to have a classroom face over crowdfunding and aren't afforded basic necessities such as desks and chairs.

Many young girls are entering marriages as young as 13 and a lot of the young men work in tobacco farms as child laborers. With our volunteer programs we hope to address these key issues to allow these 460 students an opportunity to reach their full potential” – says Kumwenda

Hoping to develop the Kingfisher campsite in Thekelo. Henly and the Kingfisher team hope the public will support their cause.

The funds raised will be used to build 2 bathrooms, 3 sleeping rooms and a communal kitchen area for volunteers and is estimated to cost approximately R250 000.

My vision is that this piece of land will not only be a camping site, but a space where volunteers from all over the world can come to Malawi and invest time into developing and improving our vibrant local community through their efforts. We will also welcome holiday makers for a small fee, which will contribute to paying school fees of orphaned children in our village” says Kumwenda

It has taken nearly 3 years to fund the project, which still needs  approximately R60 000 to complete, but Henly hasn’t lost sight of his goal.

I have a vision to help my people and show them what can be achieved when people work together and the many doors that can be opened through education. I reluctantly had to drop out of college because I couldn’t afford to study further and I wish I had been given an opportunity like this” says Kumwenda

In anticipation for the long awaited campsite, Henly, together with his 5 volunteers have developed a number of programs to teach art, maths, English and physical education.

From the bottom of my heart, I am forever grateful for the generous donations to our BackaBuddy campaign and for the impact it has had on my community. We hope the public will continue supporting our project so that we can continue building our dream brick by brick and introduce the world to Malawian hospitality.” - says Kumwenda

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Donations

  • Sep 15, 2018 - USD $ 16.75
  • ":)" - Lucas

  • Sep 13, 2018 - R 5 141.00
  • "In memory of my father who passed away recently - for all the happy times we spent as a family in Malawi" - Anonymous

  • Sep 06, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Unterstützung für die Schulräume" - Heike

  • Sep 03, 2018 - USD $ 35.70
  • "Onwards and upwards, Henry and Team Kingfisher! :-)" - Jen Tyler

  • Sep 01, 2018 - USD $ 526.00
  • "Good Luck Henry" - Joe Fusco

  • Aug 30, 2018 - R 10 282.00
  • "Henly, this is a contribution to the new school roof Cheers, Mats" - Mats Eriksson

  • Aug 26, 2018 - USD $ 155.41
  • "School fees (Lilian and Monica)" - George

  • Aug 22, 2018 - USD $ 12.50
  • ":) " - Lucas

  • Aug 12, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Unterstützung für die Schulräume" - Heike

  • Aug 08, 2018 - USD $ 39.44
  • "Onwards and upwards, Henry and Team Kingfisher! :-)" - Jen

  • Jul 24, 2018 - R 822.56
  • "Do you're thing H" - George

  • Jul 22, 2018 - USD $ 224.05
  • "Tamala school founds" - Anton

  • Jul 19, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "good work" - Julie Strynckx

  • Jul 08, 2018 - USD $ 38.84
  • "Onwards and upwards, Henry and Team Kingfisher! :-)" - Jen Tyler

  • Jul 08, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "Balance for the Roof @ Lumemo Primary-School" - Manuel

  • Jun 26, 2018 - USD $ 46.70
  • ":)" - Beate

  • Jun 26, 2018 - USD $ 77.73
  • "Keep up the great work. People like you make the world a better place! :)" - Laura

  • Jun 21, 2018 - USD $ 36.59
  • ":)" - Lucas

  • Jun 18, 2018 - USD $ 15.67
  • "Good job, thx! " - Britta

  • Jun 16, 2018 - R 2 416.27
  • "School Fees for Titani Elvin and Robert" - Hugo

  • Jun 11, 2018 - USD $ 40.21
  • "Keep up the good work! :-)" - Jen

  • May 20, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thanks for your persistance, Henry ;-)" - Stefan

  • May 16, 2018 - USD $ 41.89
  • "Onwards and upwards, Henry and Team Kingfisher! :-)" - Jen Tyler

  • May 11, 2018 - USD $ 85.49
  • "Keep up your amazing work Henly x with love from Ireland x we will think of more ways to help x " - Lisa and Justin

  • May 10, 2018 - USD $ 83.87
  • "Keep up the good work! " - Annik

  • May 09, 2018 - USD $ 167.14
  • "hope your community will flouring more and more :-*" - Alex K.

  • May 07, 2018 - USD $ 12.59
  • ":)" - Lucas

  • Apr 30, 2018 - R 4 626.90
  • "After our Charity Event we are lucky to support for the school fees (Molton Munthali)" - Gold Rush Charity Event-Team

  • Apr 28, 2018 - R 2 271.26
  • "School Fees (Lilian and Monica)" - George

  • Apr 23, 2018 - USD $ 52.60
  • "Keep up the good work! :-)" - Jen Tyler

  • Apr 20, 2018 - USD $ 13.20
  • "Good luck with your project! " - Lucas

  • Apr 19, 2018 - USD $ 167.44
  • "Greetings from Germany and good luck guys!!!" - Anton and Belinda

  • Apr 05, 2018 - USD $ 50.00
  • "I hope my donation will help you guys!! God bless you!!!" - Anton

  • Apr 03, 2018 - USD $ 8.88
  • "Here's a start Henly. I will find more donations soon." - Sea

  • Mar 21, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Nice work Henly! " - Dany Croteau

  • Mar 21, 2018 - USD $ 43.96
  • "Keep going! :-)" - Jen

  • Mar 18, 2018 - R 2 416.27
  • "School Fees (Robert, Elvin and Titani)" - Hugo

  • Mar 15, 2018 - R 5 141.00
  • "Sophie Benke Volunteer March/April 2018" - Sophie Benke

  • Mar 10, 2018 - USD $ 44.55
  • "Keep it up Henley!" - Josh G

  • Mar 08, 2018 - R 2 776.14
  • "Hi Henly, this donation is for cement and wood for for benches you plan to build on the campsite. Nice work bru. Cheers, Mats" - Mats Eriksson

  • Mar 03, 2018 - R 2 500.00
  • "School Fees (Lilian and Monica)" - George

  • Feb 25, 2018 - USD $ 31.91
  • "Thank you!" - Anat R

  • Feb 18, 2018 - USD $ 45.23
  • "Keep going, Henry!" - Jen Tyler

  • Feb 03, 2018 - USD $ 210.62
  • "Wishing you many blessings in your mission!" - The Fusco Girls

  • Feb 03, 2018 - USD $ 1 052.00
  • "With Love for humanity..." - John Fusco

  • Feb 03, 2018 - USD $ 526.15
  • "Keep up the good work" - Joe Fusco

  • Feb 01, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thank you to Frank and Henlys entire family. Kingfisher Campsite will always be in our hearts!" - Summer & Phila

  • Jan 25, 2018 - USD $ 42.14
  • "I hope my donation will hell you!! Greetings Anton" - Anton

  • Jan 12, 2018 - USD $ 161.56
  • "Happy new year!" - Markus

  • Jan 10, 2018 - USD $ 40.52
  • "Wishing you all the best of the best for your amazing project, Henry!" - Jen Tyler

  • Jan 02, 2018 - USD $ 160.05
  • "For Freddy & his schooling!" - Anonymous

  • Dec 30, 2017 - R 3 442.21
  • "For all the hard work and to the lovely Dabs! SHAB SHAB xx" - rosie

  • Dec 06, 2017 - R 3 623.00
  • "For Happy, Robert, Titani, Judith, Mavuto and Elvin" - Hugo Cheyne

  • Oct 20, 2017 - USD $ 37.06
  • "Keep up the good work, my love to Malawi from across the ocean!" - Elise K

  • Oct 11, 2017 - R 6 398.75
  • "This donation is on behalf of the Nolan family! Thank you for letting me help you sell your home!" - Adam Renick Real Estate

  • Sep 20, 2017 - USD $ 1 660.16
  • "Can't wait" - Cliff

  • Sep 02, 2017 - USD $ 157.97
  • "Salaries" - Katie

  • Aug 19, 2017 - R 536.39
  • "much love" - nathan

  • Jul 23, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "good luck Henry!! " - Niek & Ada & Maria

  • Jul 06, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Lots of Love to you Henly" - Debi/Sumr/Phila

  • Jun 09, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "??Happy June ??" - Debi/Sumr

  • Jun 06, 2017 - R 1 575.19
  • "Princess Belita Chihana school fees, Campsite funds & Christmas Blessing !" - Tracey

  • May 30, 2017 - USD $ 40.49
  • "Cement!" - Maria

  • May 16, 2017 - USD $ 79.84
  • "Keep going brother! " - Markus

  • May 04, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Happy May!" - Debi/Summer

  • Apr 27, 2017 - USD $ 231.59
  • "Employee funds and Barnet's School fees!!" - Katie

  • Apr 19, 2017 - USD $ 31.84
  • "Good luck Henley" - Josh

  • Apr 15, 2017 - USD $ 157.99
  • "Good luck with the bunk beds" - Cliff Elgin

  • Apr 01, 2017 - USD $ 420.93
  • "this is half of the payment for staying at kingfisher for 3 people. Please give to henly asap. " - Something Amazing org

  • Mar 29, 2017 - USD $ 129.68
  • "Employee fees" - Katie Brady

  • Mar 12, 2017 - R 267.33
  • "now it shows :) " - Maria

  • Mar 07, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Thank you for ALL you do Henly : )" - Debi/Summer

  • Mar 06, 2017 - R 507.76
  • "???" - Nathan

  • Feb 28, 2017 - USD $ 109.23
  • "Employee Payments" - Katie Brady

  • Feb 21, 2017 - USD $ 40.37
  • "Very inspiring! Thank you for being the change!" - Lisa

  • Feb 21, 2017 - USD $ 40.37
  • "Good luck with this amazing project!" - Anna

  • Feb 19, 2017 - USD $ 26.33
  • "Fred school fee" - Something Amazing org

  • Jan 25, 2017 - USD $ 106.38
  • "Employee Payments" - Katie Brady

  • Jan 17, 2017 - USD $ 19.40
  • "Good luck! Contribution to the campsite, THis is a recurring donation (for the coming 6 months) " - Maria

  • Jan 13, 2017 - USD $ 58.35
  • "School fees for Barnet" - Katie

  • Jan 03, 2017 - USD $ 57.86
  • "School fees for Andrea." - Jillian Bundy

  • Dec 25, 2016 - USD $ 150.26
  • "Payments and Christmas!" - Katie Brady

  • Dec 21, 2016 - USD $ 22.53
  • "For buying a bit wood." - Stefan Kitzig

  • Dec 13, 2016 - R 1 298.04
  • "Princess Belita Chihana school fees, Campsite funds & Christmas Blessing !" - Tracey

  • Nov 25, 2016 - R 1 542.30
  • "Employee payments :)" - Kaitlyn Brady

  • Nov 22, 2016 - R 514.10
  • "Here's a start!" - Wendi bell

  • Nov 01, 2016 - USD $ 57.86
  • "School fees " - Jillian Bundy

  • Oct 27, 2016 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Payment for employees" - Katie Brady

  • Oct 22, 2016 - R 1 233.84
  • "Happy birthday brother! " - Nathan

  • Oct 09, 2016 - R 771.15
  • "Good luck Henly" - Aileen

  • Oct 08, 2016 - R 771.15
  • "A contribution to a Malawi canoe bro " - Mats Eriksson

  • Oct 08, 2016 - R 442.13
  • "This is all I have at the moment henly" - Charlie luck

  • Sep 28, 2016 - USD $ 78.27
  • "Good luck my man! " - Rasmus

  • Sep 24, 2016 - USD $ 109.80
  • "This is for monthly payment for the driver, security, and Gardner. " - Sekanawo-Kingfisher

  • Sep 21, 2016 - R 616.92
  • "Good luck sweet Henry" - Anonymous

  • Sep 18, 2016 - R 411.28
  • "Hey henry brother, as i promised small help from overseas to let your amazing projekt grow, i wish you all the best right now and hope see you soon in future" - Fredy

  • Sep 18, 2016 - USD $ 35.07
  • "Hey Henly, hope this helps" - Hugo

  • Sep 02, 2016 - USD $ 144.19
  • "Henry this is Freddy's school fees, and extra for food and books. Please send a receipt when his schooling is paid. thank you! Freddy should do great in school. " - Something Amazing org

  • Aug 24, 2016 - USD $ 75.43
  • "Hi Henry! Good luck with the project, cheers Robin" - Robin Lau

  • Aug 16, 2016 - R 771.15
  • "Cheers brother!" - Mats Eriksson

  • Jun 15, 2016 - R 2 324.06
  • ":)" - nathan

  • Apr 26, 2016 - R 719.74
  • "Hi Henly. Nice work with the new sanitation facilities." - Mats Eriksson

  • Apr 04, 2016 - USD $ 270.61
  • "Gratitude to you Henry and family!" - Anonymous

  • Feb 10, 2016 - R 1 230.00
  • "Good going Henly. The world needs more guys like you, more dreams like yours. " - Leo Passaportis

  • Jan 31, 2016 - R 2 050.00
  • "Henly, it was great to meet you again. Now back in Sweden I have canceled my membership in the canoe clubb, since I wasn't very active and put the money into Kingfisher campsite instead. All the best" - Mats Eriksson

  • Jan 05, 2016 - USD $ 33.78
  • "All the best Henley! Its gonna be one of the most relaxed and awesome places!" - anonymous

  • Dec 27, 2015 - R 820.00
  • "Best of luck, Henly" - Grandma Anna

  • Dec 23, 2015 - R 1 950.12
  • "Keep following your dreams, working hard, and doing good for the world! Merry Christmas!" - Katie Brady

  • Nov 25, 2015 - R 1 025.00
  • "Every beginning has its own magic - all the best for your wonderful project, Henly! Lots of love xx" - Aileen and Mam

  • Nov 23, 2015 - USD $ 30.20
  • "Best of luck Henley. " - Josh

  • Nov 19, 2015 - R 500.00
  • "May your dreams come true . May you and your community flourish!" - anonymous

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 199 034.53

Fundraising target

R 250 000.00
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Kingfisher Campsite in Malawi is the brainchild of Henly Kumwenda. He is in the process of developing a piece of land next to lake Malawi into a campsite that can accomodate volunteers who would like to come and give back to the Thekelo community. To contribute to his vision please consider making a donation via the project below.