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Friends of Mulanje Orphans

As a school, we support Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO), a charity set up by Mary Woodworth and her husband Keith in 2000. Mary is originally from Malawi but moved to Lancashire as an adult - she now spends most of her time back in Malawi caring for orphan children.


FOMO does an incredible job looking after approximately 5000 children through a network of 13 centres covering over 85 villages in the Mulanje district of Malawi.


In September 2013, FOMO opened its own secondary school in Mulanje, enabling hundreds of children to have an education.


After hearing about the incredible work of FOMO during worship, the children of Parbold Douglas chose to support the FOMO Independent Secondary School. The school in Malawi is a lifeline to so many of the young people FOMO support.


We will keep you posted about ways in which you can support FOMO!


Inspired by Jesus


Our support of FOMO is inspired by Jesus:


"Christ has no body now but yours, no hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Yours are the eyes through which He looks with compassion on this world..." (St Teresa of Avila)


We reflected on this important passage from Matthew's Gospel when thinking about how we can help those in need:


For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

(Matthew 25: 35-40)


We believe that whatever we do for any fellow human, we do for Jesus.