Rare Charity

Rare Charity

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Education
  • International development
  • Local / community
  • Poverty relief
  • Young people

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Rare Charity provides educational opportunities for people within tea communities. The people working in tea represent some of the most marginalised communities in many of the world’s poorest countries. Rare Charity’s mission is to equip talented and ambitious individuals to transform their community in their own ways and on their own terms.


Rare Charity offers access to education within tea communities in Malawi, the country with the world’s lowest enrolment for tertiary education, at 0.8%.

Rare Scholars are selected from the tea community in Thyolo, Malawi. We are proud to be sponsoring 17 outstanding individuals through higher education (9 women and 8 men), as well as to have launched a secondary school scholarship programme for girls 

Rare Charity believes that young people are the key to solving Malawi’s many challenges, including COVID-19 which will have long-term impact.  Rare Scholars are becoming qualified in the disciplines that they know their country needs. Many have chosen medical fields such as Clinical Medicine, Pharmacy and Midwifery. You can meet our incredible scholars, and see how Rare Graduates are already transforming their communities.

In 2020, we had hoped to double our outreach but, like many small charities, Covid-19 threatens our survival and the futures of our Rare Scholars.

The global COVID-19 crisis will affect communities in different ways. People in the world’s most vulnerable countries, where health systems are weak, will be worst hit.  

  • There are almost 20 million people in Malawi, but only 600 registered doctors. 
  • Malawi has fewer than 20 ventilators available to treat patients 
  • Lower respiratory disorders are already the third biggest cause of death among Malawians

Covid-19 will be catastrophic for Malawi, but a single healthcare worker or administrator can make an inestimable difference to many Malawians. 

Supporting Rare Scholars to succeed in these fields will be transformative for Malawians in this challenging time for the country’s future.

Current opportunities

London (Central), W1U 7JD or Remote

On the hunt for a committed soul to help plug Rare Charity's funding gap, so that we can continue to support the emergence of skilled...

Previous placements

  • A Creative, Versatile, Diagonal-thinking Fundraiser, with experience in bid-writing (COVID-19 Support)