SAFE-UK began in 2009 when 2 students from Kachere got a place at secondary school but had no means of paying their fees. Since then many students from Kachere have benefitted from being sponsored and gone on to get their Malawian Secondary Certificate of Education (MSCE). SAFE-UK has built 2 Community Based Child Care Centres (CBCC's) where about 200 pre-school children receive a daily meal and pre-school education with all costs being paid by SAFE-UK. This aids their brain development and thus enhances their primary education.
There are about 200 gogos ( the Malawian word for grandparent) living in Kachere, supporting on average 3 aids orphans each.SAFE-UK has given each gogo a mosquito net and a blanket. SAFE-UK has also given fertiliser and more recently provided training in compost making through Foundations for Farming to increase soil fertility. In 2019 SAFE-UK provided funds to rebuild houses at Kachere after a massive cyclone.
SAFE-UK has been encouraging the gogos to develop more sustainable methods of agriculture in the last few years. Melesiya Chauwa, Blandina M’manga and Beatrice Kambalame have been trained in Foundations for Farming and are now teaching the community to grow their crops using composting methods rather than relying on fertiliser. SAFE-UK is also researching the growing of bamboo at Kachere to combat deforestation and provide an income for the future.
Safe-Life Youth Club
The SAFE-Life Youth Club meet regularly at Nsungwi CBCC for a life skills programme and sporting activities. They have also helped the some of the elderly gogos by building pit latrines for them. They love to learn and share their knowledge by doing drama presentations and the picture shows some of them doing a play about abuse.
Bamboo is growing
Bamboo is growing at Kachere!
Feeding CBCC children
Safe staff member, Timaleni Biswick, encouraging the parents of the 5 year old children, who attend the CBCC, to give porridge, that has been supplied by SAFE, to their children before sending them to the CBCC.
A one-day workshop was held at the beginning of November to train people from 11 villages of Kachere’s Community Based Organisation, with the 2 lead farmers Beatrice Kambalame and Melesiya Chauwa, in the planting of bamboo. Here Dennis Kayambazinthu ( foreground…
During the pandemic the CBCC's were closed and the children were not able to get their daily meal. They were each given 12 kg of Likuni Phala to take home so they could still be fed.