Inspire Malawi

Khombwe M Rpwe with local MP

Building Inspiration through Education

At Inspire Malawi our aim is to support, promote and enhance Primary and Secondary Education in Malawi by:

1) Providing a more inspiring teaching and learning environment

2) Providing continuing professional development (CPD) courses for teachers,   

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3) Educating young Malawians on how to tend land sustainably through the introduction of a school permaculture garden, tree planting project and orchard at Mlanda Primary. 

About Malawi 

Malawi is situated just south of the East African Rift Valley and is one of the poorest countries in the world. Since becoming an independent nation in 1964 this beautiful, land locked country has worked and worked to build an education system that reaches every child. However, as with many developing nations, progress is a slow and costly, and many schools in Malawi struggle to meet the needs of every child due to overcrowding and poor facilities.

Since 2003 founder of Inspire Malawi, Michelle Rowe, has been leading groups of volunteers to the country who work with the community to repair and redecorate their schools. Inspire Malawi is working in Ntcheu and Dedza Districts with a focus on rural village schools in Lizulu Zone.

Money raised is used to;


  • Repair damaged walls, floors, doors and windows                                       

  • Decorate classroom walls with colours, paintings and diagrams

  • Provide new desks 

  • Supply teaching and learning resources for a variety of subjects

  • Provide new sports equipment/apparatus

  • Build additional classrooms,administration blocks and toilets  

  • Build a new school or garden

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Inspire Malawi also works closely with the University of Bedfordshire to deliver much needed continuing professional development (CPD) courses to teachers in the Central region. Currently with a focus to improve the standard of teaching Physical Education, Inspire Malawi hopes to deliver teacher training/ development courses in a variety of subjects.

About Our Fundraising

Some of the stories of our dedicated fundraisers are as inspiring as the communities and projects that we work with. In 2015, our founder, Michelle, became the first British woman to walk the length of Malawi in order to raise funds to help Southern Malawi, which was struck by devastating floods that disrupted the education of thousands of children.

In 2016, Inspire Malawi trustee, Jess, took on her own challenge - the London Marathon - to raise funds for a new school block in Nsanje District. 

Learn more about Michelle's challenge by reading our Racing the Rains blog or donate now.