addition to sponsoring postgraduates, The Beit Trust
provides grants to secondary and tertiary education.
Because of the vast expansion taking place at all
education levels in the three countries, any Beit Trust
involvement with secondary schools is ordinarily
restricted to help with construction projects. In
Zimbabwe, however, not all schools can use
infrastructure grants under present circumstances, so a
number of interim alternatives have been introduced to
support education in other ways.
South African universities The Beit Trust has
established a temporary fund for the emergency relief
selected Malawian, Zambian and Zimbabwean students, who
are assessed to be facing severe financial hardship.
(Above) A group from Witwatersrand show how they
appreciate the help provided by the Beit Trust.
The Beit Trust also grants considerable
sums towards the provision of books in the three
countries. Help is channelled mainly
through Book Aid International, which sends around 180,000
books to the countries each year. In
collaboration with Biblionef, an educational charity
based in Cape Town, the Trust also
provides, upon request, book packs of about 750 books to many schools
in the three
University of Zimbabwe Library, which received a grant
of £50 000 from The Beit Trust, used the funds to
establish a Collaborative Learning Centre, Postgraduate
Computer Laboratory and refurbishment of the Seminar
Room in the Main Library.
facilities were officially opened by UZ Vice Chancellor,
Professor Levi Nyagura at a colourful ceremony
attended by Beit Trust Representative, Mr Tim Johnson.
policy of the Trust is to support health, educational
and welfare projects which fit into the pattern of the
country concerned. Grants are mainly given for
infrastructure building, and other similar purposes.
These include grants to institutions dealing with the
aged as well as the physically and mentally handicapped.
This picture shows two nurses' houses at Borradaile
Hospital, Marondera, Zimbabwe.
conventional Beit Trust grant for a new building, or to
reconstruct an existing building at a mission school,
hospital or clinic, seldom exceeds £50,000. On occasion,
however, larger grants are given in
special circumstances. The universities in all the
beneficial countries have benefited in this
way, and the Malawi National Library and Beit Cure
Children’s Hospitals in Malawi and Zambia (see pictures
under "Organisation") were also built with
major Beit Trust
Bursaries are also awarded to assist British medical students with the cost of spending
a period of eight weeks working in hospitals in the beneficial
area. Started in 2007, the scheme's success has led to a similar
but bigger scheme assisting selected young doctors and surgeons to undertake
secondments of at least six months at hospitals in Malawi and Zambia.
(Right) Medical students at one of the hospitals to benefit, St
Francis Mission Hospital, Katete, Zambia.
The Trust also funds
the Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET) to provide "The Tropical Doctor",
a popular medical pamphlet, to every hospital in the beneficial area.
to clean water for drinking, and water for irrigation
are fundamental needs in rural areas. The Trust
continues to fund the installation of pumps to provide
clean drinking water, which can also be used to
sustain crops during the dry season.
Provision for orphans and destitute old people is often
funded. This is currently particularly important in
Wildlife and the Environment
some years, the Trust has supported educational and
extension projects related to environmental issues. In
1990, conscious that the number of black rhinos in the
wild was diminishing rapidly, the Trust made a large
grant to help conserve the species. Two large
conservancies were set up in Southern Zimbabwe. The
Trust provided substantial fencing to encompass the two
conservancies, as well as aircraft, vehicles and radios. The black
rhino population in the conservancies is increasing and
the project has been seminal in ensuring the survival of
this endangered species in Zimbabwe. The next stage in
the rhino programme is the reintroduction of rhinos to
selected game parks in Malawi and Zambia, as poaching
has sharply increased in Zimbabwe. Here we see field
surgery being undertaken to free an anaesthetized rhino
of a wire snare embedded in one of its legs. Without
such treatment, the rhino would slowly lose its foot and
death would follow.
commemorate the anniversary of the establishment of The
Beit Trust in 1906, the Trustees resolved to award a
major grant for an infrastructure project in each of the
three beneficial countries, together with a
book to commemorate the last 50 years, as a follow-up to
the original 1956 book “The Will and the Way”.
the centenary the
first project, the Beit-CURE International Children’s
Hospital in Blantyre,
(right) was actually completed in September 2002. The hospital
is managed by Cure International, an American charity,
which is paying the running costs of the hospital as
their contribution to the project. The hospital has two
operating theatres and can accommodate 70 handicapped
second Beit-CURE children’s surgical hospital, at
Lusaka, Zambia was opened
by Zambia’s then First Lady, Mrs Maureen Mwanawasa
in December 2006 and is already recognised as a
leader in several
surgical procedures needed by children.
Unlike the Malawi hospital, which is constructed
major building, the extensive hospital facilities of the
Zambian hospital are built in a fan arrangement around
the Administration and Education block, and
continues to grow on land
donated by the Government of Zambia.
The Trustees have decided
that, in view of the present uncertainties within Zimbabwe, it would be unwise to
commit funds for the construction of a major project at
The Beit Trust Centenary Book
1957, to celebrate the first 50 years of the Trust, a
book entitled "The Will and the Way" had been published.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary, a new book was
commisioned, this time entitled "For the Benefit of the
People" tracing the history of The Beit Trust from its
inception, and outlining its work in present-day Africa.
Copies of the book may be purchased from the Beit offices
in Woking (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or from the Harare office (email@example.com)
Procedure for Grant Applications
All grant enquiries should be directed to the Beit Trust
Representative, whose office is in Harare, and should
reach him by the end of either January or June. His full
postal and email address is shown on the "Home" page.
Representative is helped in his work of
processing applications and supervising grants by
distinguished local personalities known as
Correspondents. These Correspondents, of whom there are
at least two for each country, give this assistance on a
voluntary basis. Twice a year, shortly before the
Trustees’ meeting, they meet to discuss the applications
for grants and to make their recommendations to the
Trustees. Favourable consideration is given to
organisations which demonstrate a degree of self help,
and an ability to properly administer the funds provided.
application for a Beit Trust grant must include a brief
description of the institution concerned, and a reliable
estimate of the cost of the project. It should also state
precisely how much money is being sought from the Beit
Trustees, and for what purpose. Simple sketches of
envisaged structures should accompany the cost
Applicants should bear in mind, however, that The Beit Trust is
not large. Trustees are invariably
confronted with applications for funds greatly in excess
of what can be given. The Beit Trustees very rarely
support other grant-making charities. Assistance with education is very seldom given below
secondary school level. Applications must
prove sustainability, public benefit,
cost-effectiveness, and a serious commitment to
education, health, welfare and/or the environment within
the beneficial area.