We support two overseas charities…
The Martin Sewell Building Company supports two overseas charities:
Living Waters, Tanzania
This Christian Mission is located in the city of Mwanza, Tanzania and Martin Sewell is a trustee of the UK charity. The Martin Sewell Building Company has been involved since an initial visit to Tanzania in 2004 when it took a team of eight builders to build a small bungalow. The experience was life changing and we really feel that we were blessed as much as the local people we sought to help.
Carolyn Philpot, who runs the mission, started teaching a few children on her veranda in 1999. That modest beginning has developed into a purpose built school on the shore of Lake Victoria educating around 230 children (pictured).
Funds to run the mission are raised by a few supporters in the UK, Germany and USA. Our church, St. Marys at Walberton, caught the vision and asked the congregation to donate. A staggering £30,000 was raised which has enabled us to start the second phase of the school and we are hoping to get to roof level before funds run out. These extra classrooms will facilitate education continuing, from primary to secondary, giving the children a chance to progress to the grammar school and then to university for some.
We are always pleased for individuals to sponsor a child at £15 month, which ensures that the child’s fees and uniform are funded together with a contribution to teacher’s salaries. We need to raise another £30,000 to complete the school building this year. There are, too, ongoing medical needs for staff and children which we do our best to meet. We also welcome volunteers from the UK to fundraise and travel to Mwanza – there are many ways to become involved.
Compassion is a Christian Child Sponsorship organisation. The Martin Sewell Building Company supports eight children.