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.
Cathy Cheonga , the Regional Director of SAFE, collected the sewing machines and other goods sent out by container from UK thanks to a contact with Birmingham Diocese.
Cathy Cheonga ( centre 2nd row with white headscarf) with the youth and some of the young mothers of Kachere at a meeting of the SAFE=Life youth club with the young mothers to discuss a business plan to generate income for the community.
Lilian Kumalere, a caregiver from Kapitikusya CBCC, helps the children wash their hands before their morning porridge.
Moira Chimombo retires
On July 2nd, after 10 years as Executive Director of SAFE in Malawi, Moira Chimombo has passed on the baton of leadership to Happy Makala. On the same day that Moira retired and Happy began his duties as SAFE's Execuitive Director, Dick Day's body was laid to rest in Makungula village where Charlotte began the first…