Help Kate get a kidney transplant

Four-year-old Kate likes to play with her dolls and dressing them up, just like any little girl her age. She is the princess of the Mtewa family living in Lilongwe. She has a beautiful life with her two siblings, a nine-year and six months old; and their single mother Prisca Mtewa. However, what Kate considered…

‘Marriage needs preparation’

Not long after getting married to her Mr Right, Gloria set her sights on the future and that vision included children. But as she drove toward those goals, her life—the good life she already had—was passing her by. Eventually, the two of them knew they could not keep pursuing parenthood. They both knew if they…

Marriam Lally: believing in the neglected and downtrodden

Inspired by her experience with children with Cerebral Palsy and Down’s syndrome she met when younger, Marriam Lally initiated an organisation offering rehabilitation, physiotherapy and nutrition to children with such conditions around Mpemba in Blantyre. She saw the stigma attached to these conditions, which is what motivated her to help. Her vision is to see…

Media equipped in gender laws

Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare says the media can play a crucial role in curbing gender-related problems rocking the country today. Speaking during a daylong training workshop for journalists on gender related laws, the ministry’s principal secretary Mary Shawa noted that countries that have attained gender equality have experienced fast economic growth.…

When the wife earns more

  In a conventional relationship, a man is supposed to be the provider and a protector. The woman is expected to be submissive to her husband. But what happens in a relationship in which the woman earns more than the man? Different views stemmed from random women interviewed. One of them notes that it only…

Tackling youth depression

  “I lost both parents and I have suffered from depression for a long time without realising that it was depression and an illness; but with the Nkhawa Njee radio programme, I managed to pick myself up and I am still at school. I am no longer worried and depressed”. These are the words from…

In a third world country like Malawi, there are a lot of people in need of assistance from the next person. We all walk around, happy and smiley, as if nothing is wrong when in fact, we are fighting so many battles inside. We worry about our relationships; wonder how we are going to provide…

‘Women first before sex workers’

  Memory Mpika (not her real name), 30, lives at Mgona Township in Lilongwe. She is a sex worker who is grateful to Theatre for a Change (TfaC) for making her realise that she is not an outcast, but worthy and with rights. Her father died when she was five and her mother when she…

Bertha mambala: creating jobs with ICT

  Her motivation lies in creating job opportunities. She makes them easily accessible through the Internet while helping employers cut costs during recruitment. When she graduated Chancellor College in 2015, 23-year-old Bertha Mambala joined Myjobo, an established initiative where job seekers and recruiters meet. She envisions a future where the job application process and the…

Health woe for the aged

  A rchbishop Desmond Tutu once said: “As we get older, our rights do not change. As we get older, we are no less human and should not become invisible.” Most countries in Africa continue to rank low on the social and economic well-being for older people. Malawi has few dedicated programmes for older people,…

Lillian koreia: the fashion enthusiast

  Lillian Koreia is a young designer who has set her eyes on internationals markets. The local design industry is filled with people trying to make a name for themselves, but two years since establishing herself, Lillian has stood out in design, amid potential markets in Europe for her products. What drives Lillian to reach…