Talented artist Helen Tyler, in co-operation with africa unplugged held her third exhibition at the Slepe Hall Hotel, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire on 12th May. The event was quite a success because Helen sold a number of paintings and the charity auction and raffle raised over £600 for africa unplugged. Sincere thanks to Helen but not forgetting Daniel and Nathan who took charge of the raffle which raised over a £100. We must mention Lorraine and Lindsey too because they used the occasion to sell a number of hanging flower baskets they had specially made for africa unplugged fund raising.

Michael and Helen in front of one of the display panels

Also on display were 20 drawings and paintings produced for us by local children in Nkhata Bay. Four schools were represented: Siliva Village, St. Maria Goretti, the Chimwemwe Children’s Shelter and Kalambwe School.The display was made possible by Gresham who runs the Chimwemwe library and information centre, volunteer Lisa and especially volunteer Yolanda whose superb effort ensured we received the pictures on time. Yolanda also sent us over 100 photographs of the children many of which we displayed alongside their drawings.

Daniel and Nathan

It is important that children have good opportunities to express themselves. In Malawi, where the UN estimates that 60% of the population live below the poverty line, this can be challenging because artist materials are not widely available in junior schools. For this reason Helen’s sponsorship and support is most warmly appreciated by all concerned.