Two young mums from Edinburgh, Scotland are making a quilt that will be raffled to raise money for MUMs (Malawi Underprivileged Mothers). The quilt is inspired by the children’s book When the Rains Come, published by Polygon and written by award-­‐winning author Tom Pow.

When the Rains Come weaves together a folk tale from Malawi and the story of three young children who must be looked after by their Grandmother. The story is beautifully illustrated by Malika Favre and depicts both the joys and hardships of daily life in Malawi.

Rachel Edwards (left) and Julie van den Driesche (right) with their quilt 'When the Rains Come'

The quilt, made by Julie van den Driesche and Rachel Edwards, is inspired by Malika’s vibrant illustrations and is made from fabrics from Malawi. It will be on display in Purely Patchwork in Linlithgow in April and at other venues throughout Scotland from April to September. The quilt will be raffled at £1 a ticket, to raise money to support the MUMs feeding programme. Just £1 provides a daily meal for two children, five days a week, for an entire month.

Quilt Groups and individuals who would like to sell tickets on behalf of MUMs can contact Linda McDonald to arrange for ticket books and further information to be sent out. The raffle draw will take place on 8 September at the MUMS ladies lunch, held in Edinburgh.

MUMs was set up in October 2005 by Linda McDonald after hearing and seeing photographs of a government run maternity hospital in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. Since then she and her team have been instrumental in raising over £500,000 through sales of the MUMs recipe book series and private donations.

For further information about MUMS and to find out more about the MUMs quilt and raffle tickets please contact Linda McDonald at the email address given above. Recipe books 1,2 and 3, the MUMs tea towel and When The Rains Come are available to order from Linda. Cheques should be made payable to MUMs Trading. Books 1 and 2 cost £5, with book 3 at £6 and When the Rains Come costs £6.99. All P&P is £2.50 for the first book and £1 each thereafter.

MUMs Achievements so far: • Contributed £100,000 to a new high-­‐risk maternity wing. • Given £25,000 to Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV programme. • Donated £25,000 to the building of a Wellness Centre for Nurses and Health workers who have HIV. • Sponsored an English midwife to work with and teach the midwives and medical staff in Bottom Hospital. • Set up 6 feeding stations now feeding over 600 preschool children every day. • Helping many individuals in many small but valuable ways. • MUMs bought and paid for an ambulance to help take women in difficult labour from Charity’s clinic to the hospital. The ambulance is also called out to take women in the village who get into difficult labour or who start to hemorrhage and need emergency treatment.