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.
The Gogos of Kachere have taken advantage of the early rain and planted their fields using their compost manure.
The little girls at Kapitikusya Community Based Child-Care Centre are so excited to have new dresses made from pillow cases!
Michael Charles and Gift Adamu, students from Kachere, studying at Mulunguzi secondary school, were delighted to receive back packs. The donor was the grandson of an old friend of Steve Chimombo ( Moira's husband).
When I met Shaibu Lamusi at Masongola I was immediately impressed. He had problems with his hearing and in addition to SAFE-UK sponsoring him through secondary school we also provided the necessary funds so that he could get hearing aids. He is now a bursar at Living Waters Academy.