SAFE-UK is now sponsoring 18 pupils from Kachere through 8 different secondary schools in Malawi, at a cost of £12 a month for each pupil. In May 2017 I visited Mulunguzi which is a boarding school on the edge of Zomba. Left to right are Veronica, Gift, Mussa, Bridget and Clement and one of their teachers Mercy Khoswe, wife of SAFE accountant Ben Khoswe.
There are 200 gogos ( the Malawian word for grandparent) living in Kachere, supporting on average 3 aids orphans each. In addition to annual fertiliser, SAFE-UK has given each gogo a mosquito net and a blanket.In 2016 one of the village chiefs was trained in Foundations for Farming, which encourages making compost to increase soil fertility and several of the gogos have used this method instead of fertiliser when planting and reported a much higher yield of maize in 2017.
Each village has a CBCC (Community Based Child-care Centre) which cares for the pre-school orphans and other vulnerable children.The ECD (Early Childhood Developement) programme includes child protection, nutrition, education, health and survival, HIV&AIDS, sanitation and hygiene, water issues, dignity, and equality.
Safe-Life Youth Club
The Nsungwi SAFE-Life Youth club meets twice a week. The young people are taught the WHY WAIT? curriculum about how special each person is and worth waiting for in sexual relationships. They have also helped the gogos by digging pit latrines for them and assisting with harvesting. They were thrilled to receive a volleyball net, a volleyball and a football in appreciation of their efforts.
Alfred, a local carpenter, made 24 little chairs, 3 tables and 2 bookcases for Kapitikusya CBCC. Many thanks to those who gave finacial donations at Christmas for this to be possible. Now the children can be grown up and sit at tables when they are drawubng their pictures!
Martin Chikumba is delighted that a sponsor has been found so that he can attend Zomba Catholic School. Martin's mother is still alive but gives him no support and his father died when he was 8 years old. He has been raised by his Gogo, who is a subsistence farmer, and the other Gogos from Kachere contributed to…
Gogo Abiti Mwenye
This gogo from Kachere is nearly blind and her house needs a new roof before the storms come. Fortunately a kind supporter of SAFE-UK made an anonymous donation which will cover the costs of the corrugated iron sheets. The community will provide the labour.
Nsungwi has Water!
Thanks to the generosity of a sponsor, Nsungwi CBCC now has water direct to the Community Based Child Care Centre. This means that the caregivers don't have to spend time and energy collecting 10 buckets of water water from a water source a good 10 minutes walk from the CBCC along tracks through the fields!