Renfrewshire Council

Malawi - Gwenyth's story

Assistant infrastructure and assets manager, Gwenyth Heaney visited Malawi in 2019 and was amazed at the difference the project was making.

Gwenyth Heaney
Gwenyth with local children
"Everyone I know who had taken part in Classrooms for Malawi was always super enthusiastic when they talked about it. So, I was very keen to experience the trip for myself and see what all the fuss was about. I was not disappointed. 

"The first thing was understanding how the work we were there to do would help the local community. I was really surprised by what we were able to achieve in such a short period of time. We built two classrooms, and I even learned how to lay bricks properly and build a wall!   

"It's amazing the impact you can have with a seemingly simple job. For example, installing solar panels on a school roof means that lights can be used to help teachers mark exam papers in the evenings. It might not sound much, but this was a game changer for the school in William Village. It meant that children would have results back much quicker and for the first time, could apply for further education in the same year they left school.  

"It was a fantastic experience and I enjoyed meeting all the lovely people in William Village. It was great to get an understanding of what everyday life is like in rural Malawi and I was humbled by their wonderful community spirit and happiness. I'd love to go back one day."  

If Gwenyth's story inspired you, why not consider taking part in the 2023 trip? You can find out everything you need to know to get started here.

Published on Tuesday 02 August 2022