Stage 1 – Raising the Money
The Malawian Government has pledged first MK50million (£240,000) for the renovation. The Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust is raising £2 million in Europe, USA and Africa. About £1.5 million of this is for parts and equipment from overseas. Thomas Miller is our sponsor and one the world’s largest providers of insurance services to shipping and international transport. They have been raising funds through its clients all over the world. People Reaching Out, in New York, has chosen Chauncy Maples as one of its key projects for fundraising. Many people have donated through justgiving pages.
Stage 2 – Renovation
When Chauncy Maples was taken out of the water into a floating dry dock, she was found to have a strong, sound hull and good propeller. The designs have been drawn up by Naval Africa Design of Durban and yacht designer Martin Francis.
The renovation is being carried out in the ship yard at Monkey Bay, by qualified marine engineers supervised by a South African naval architect, with work approved by the Ministry of Transport’s Marine Department. Local apprentices will gain valuable experience and skills-transfer. The work is expected to take 18 months and cost £2m (US$3m). The Trustees of the Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust and their advisers have extensive experience with both marine and health projects in Africa.
Stage 3 – Running the vessel
The health team of qualified nurses, midwives, and medical assistants, will all be approved by the Malawian Ministry of Health. They will provide treatment for diseases such as tuberculosis, cholera and HIV/AIDS; ante-natal and maternity care; simple operations; dental care; child immunisation; family planning and advice on safe sex.
The qualified ship’s crew will be trained in Monkey Bay’s Marine College, with additional training in first aid and health promotion.