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Dolphins, otters, sea eagles and seal pups off the Seil coast are all doing their bit to help teenagers go to school in Malawi.

The wildlife, as caught on camera by Sealife Adventure’s Jean Ainsley, are in a 2022 fundraising calendar for Seed For Life.

School lunch in Bemvu 
Waiting in line for lunch to be served 
Seed For Life grain in Bemvu, Malawi 
A Word in Your Ear, taken from Sealife Adventure’s boat by Jean Ainsley

Thanks to other generous contributions covering materials and printing costs, all of the £10 for each calendar sold will go to help the charity pay for school fees of currently 20 teenagers in Bemvu.

The photographs were all snapped through 2021, including colourful puffins on the Treshnish Isles, with most of the images taken from Sealife Adventures’ boat.

‘A lot of people are doing calendars for charity, so I thought it was a decent idea to do one for a charity based on Seil, local to us. I’ve done one before for family and friends and that went down well, so here’s hoping this one will be just as popular!’ said Jean.

Copies of the calendar are available from Balvicar Stores on Seil.

When Seed For Life feeding charity started in 2017 the idea was always to make it a sustainable and self-generating project.

In the past year, the charity’s harvest fund has provided top quality seed and fertilizer to 250 farmers for planting. Schools are also now back after Covid restrictions so there have been 1,400 pupils to feed each day.

‘They are now planting for the coming year so we are hoping the weather will be kind and give us a good harvest next year,’ said Dave Alsop, Seed For Life founder.

Funds have taken a hit because of the pandemic, so more are needed. More trustees are also being sought, they do not need to be local to Seil.

To find out more about Seed For Life or to order a calendar, you can contact  Dave Alsop on 01852 300393 or dave@alsoptransportservices.co.uk

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world where 50.7 per cent of the population live below the poverty line and 25 per cent live in extreme poverty. Secondary school is not free.