Ending aid dependency in Malawi


Fundraising in the UK

Capacity’s long-term aim is to be financially self-sufficient so that the charity doesn’t rely on external aid. Our Chanju grocery store is the principal means by which funds are raised in Malawi, contributing about a third of the £40,000 a year required to run the Foundation’s programmes.

In the meantime, we still need to fundraise here in the UK – and, owing to the weather events recounted in this blog post, we have urgent need to generate £10,000 between now and Christmas. 

Remember – you’re not alone! 

Here are a few ideas you might like to try. Our fundraising team is available for advice or more information – feel free to get in touch.

We are very happy to work alongside you to publicise your event and give it a ‘Capacity Foundation’ theme. Not only will you be helping the people of Malenga Mzoma – you’ll be having fun at the same time!


Many people run, walk or cycle either competitively or for fun. We can work with you to organise a sponsored event – it could be a walk, a run, a bike ride, a knit-in or any other kind of activity where sponsorship can be attracted.

We are running such an event on Saturday 13 April, when Stephen Maund, his sister Susan and friends Sarah and Charlie Pratt will be walking 50 kilometres (32 miles) from Flint Castle to Colwyn Bay.

We anticipate the walk will take about 12 hours and the distance is equivalent to one of the narrowest points across Lake Malawi from Nkhotakota on the Malawi side to Aldeia Nkolongue in Mozambique – which is why we are calling the challenge ‘Walking The Lake’.

Please support us by donating at our fundraising page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/walking-the-lake.

Try fundraising for the Capacity Foundation in your own home.

Allow us to use your home for an event

If you want to host a Coffee Morning or Afternoon Tea, or something grander, then we can help you with invitations, we can bring Africa-themed merchandise, and the Lead Trustee, Stephen Maund, will be happy to give a short (entertaining) talk on the Foundation and the work it does.

Your friends, neighbours and acquaintances will be enthused and want to know more, so this is a great way to build our community of interest.

Birthday whip-round

Maybe you have a birthday coming up and would normally go out for a meal?

You could ask friends to donate to the Foundation instead – £9 would enable a hungry family in Malawi to make their land productive by using the bokashi method of organic fertiliser.

Birthday cake with candles.
Handmade face masks.

Art and craft into pounds

Whether you draw, sculpt, mould, paint, photograph, grow, whittle, sew or otherwise make things – your creativity can help the Foundation when you or your friends sell pieces of art and craftwork either among yourselves or to others for a good cause.

If you want to donate items for us to sell at one of our events, please let us know.

Sponsored live events

A share of the proceeds from events like fitness and yoga classes, quizzes, competitions, craft workshops, gardening or art lessons, and streamed performances – there are many great ways to harness live events to raising funds for the Foundation.

Online lessons and performances really took hold during the pandemic: the Facebook charity fundraiser enables you to hold your event online and share it.

Contact our fundraising co-ordinator to register so that your event can be certified.