Elspeth Baecke, Founder

In 2003 Elspeth was watching Comic Relief on TV and her heart was wrenched by seeing the plight of orphans and children in Africa, who had no other option but to live on the streets. She realized that she could do more than simply donate money, she could actually do something practical to help.

Her next step was to buy some land in Malawi, with the help of Glad Munthali, design and build a children’s home – Smile Malawi - which opened in October 2006. The Centre takes in homeless street children from the city of Blantyre and gives outreach care to children in the local villages.

Elspeth lives and works in the UK as a railway civil engineer with the London CrossRail project and spends all her free time running Smile Malawi and overseeing the project in Africa. She is also a former Maths teacher so does all she can to support the local village school too.

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  • Guest - Natasha

    Dear Elspeth

    My name is Natasha I am currently working in Malawi in Kasungu,, 2 hours south of Lilongwe, in a school called Kamuzu Academy. Down the road from the school is an orphanage in which I am currently employing 2 teachers to teach the pupils both pre school age and school age to help get them through their school exams and learn English. However this is just the start of what I would like to do. I am also trying to help make them more self sufficient. My first aim is to buy land so they can plant their own maze and other food. I was just wondering really if you have any advice as to how you go about this? Any other advice you have would be gratefully received, I think you have done a wonderful thing and I am very inspired by your success.

    Kind regards


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