NGO equips youths with vocational skills

There is Hope (TIH), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has drilled 394 youths comprising Malawians and refugees from Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa in vocational skills. To facilitate increased  enrolment of girls in the two-year vocational course at their institution. TIH built a 64-bed hostel for young women under a 400 000 euros (about K331.2 million)…

Mothers feel free to breastfeed in public

Health experts indicate that breastfeeding—the feeding of babies and young children with milk from a woman’s breast—gives babies the best start in life. They also indicate that it comes with a host of benefits for the mother. As such, they advocate that breastfeeding should start within the first hour of a baby’s life and continue…

Beartha Chiudza: Winner of two awards for advancing gender

For almost two decades now, CEO Global and Titans: Building Nations, have hosted the annual Pan Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards, recognising African leaders over different economic sectors. From its commencement 19 years ago, Pan Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards has grown to capture many sectors and…

Rural women lag in accessing justice

Culture has a role to play when accessing civil justice, mainly in rural areas, a recent report has found. The Civil Justice Needs of a Malawian Woman Report by the Gender Justice Unit (GJU) found that with the matriarchal systems of culture in the country, women and children are exposed to property and land grabbing…

Ngale Massa: The phycho-social counselor

Her name Ngale, is a Chewa name that means pearl and she is the first born in a family of three children. It would make sense, therefore, that her father wanted a beautiful name for her in celebration of his first fatherhood experience. Full name Ngale ya Chikondi (Pearl of Love) Massa, she currently works…

Habitat constructs boreholes, toilets for schools in Lilongwe

Habitat for Humanity has constructed boreholes, toilets and installed water tanks at Mtsiriza and Kamkodola primary schools in Lilongwe. The facilities, funded under water, sanitation and hygiene (Wash) project, seeks to provide clean water and improve hygiene in the schools. Lilongwe City mayor Juliana Kaduya and Habitat for Humanity staff toured Kamkodola Primary School on…

Pre-marital counselling can avert divorce

As a way of strengthening marital life, society has marriage send-offs and bridal showers that advise on marriage matters. Churches also organise special sessions to guide couples on issues of marriage, including how best they can treat each other to prevent marital frustrations and breakdown. All this is based on the assumption that couples can…

Uterus ruins persist in public hospitals

On the morning of July 17 2019, Madalitso Simpokolwe of Area 18 in Lilongwe gave birth by Caesarean section at Bwaila District Hospital. However, her motherhood was short-lived as the baby died barely 48 hours later. Before she could fully grieve the loss of her first child, the doctor told her that her wound was…

Prisca Chipao: Shining in different hats

Prisca Chipao from Traditional Authority (T/A) Chikowi in Zomba wears different hats. She is not just a lawyer, but an entrepreneur, a law lecturer and a women and youth economic empowerment advocate. A law school graduate from Africa Nazarene University (ANU) in Kenya, Prisca is the first born of two children in her family. She…

NPC calls for need to address information gap

National Planning Commission (NPC) says there is need to address information gaps for existing strategies and policies. Speaking on the sidelines of the 2019 Seed Malawi Dialogue Forum in Lilongwe on Thursday, NPC senior development planning officer Sipho Billiat said this would help to promote entrepreneurs. He said many policies and strategies have been developed,…

Hundreds march for breast cancer awareness

Hundreds of people turned up at  Parliament Building in Lilongwe on Saturday for a breast cancer awareness walk to Woodlands. The walk, organised by Think Pink Malawi as part of the breast cancer awareness month, is an annual international health campaign conducted every October to increase awareness of the disease. Some of the notable faces…

A cry for more jobs

When he was 19, Leo Benito Major from Sandama Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Nsabwe in Thyolo travel led about 354 kilometres to Lilongwe in search for better education opportunities and improve his livelihood. However, for other reasons, he was unable to complete his studies and realise his dream. Years later, Major found gold in vehicle…

NGOs inspire Lilongwe girls

 Timveni Child and Youth Media Organisation on Saturday inspired girls from different parts of Lilongwe who had gathered at Lilongwe Golf Club to commemorate the International Day of the Girl. Among other things, the girls listened to motivational talks by girls and young women who have made it in life. Giving her motivational talk, Prisca…

Equipping girls with the power of choice

Esther Phiri is a 17-year-old Polytechnic student who hopes to run her own business and create employment after completing her Bachelor of Commerce in entrepreneurship. She was the only student from Chimwankhunda Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) to be selected for higher education at the University of Malawi (Unima) in her time. As some students…

Asumanie Chirambo – Mental health awareness champion

Loss of interest in daily activities, sadness and feeling down are some of the symptoms familiar to many people.  If these symptoms persist and affect one’s life substantially, they may signal depression. Asumanie Chirambo, 39, first experienced depression about six years ago. She explains how worthless she felt at the time and could not find…

How long will demos persist?

Rodrick Mphatika is praying for a quick end to serial protests convened by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to bring down Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah. The marches catalysed by the May 21 elections have been marred by violence, looting and burning. The businessperson based in Salima accuses the protesters of not living…

Foundation raises breast cancer awareness

Hope for Cancer Foundation (Hocaf) has conducted breast cancer awareness campaigns in Lilongwe and Mchinji women.   The campaign, which emphasised on the importance of early detection for treatment, was conducted from May to September this year and reached out to about 1 000 women. In an interview, Hocaf founder Blandina Khondowe said the free visual…

Not by maize alone

Elizabeth Mphaza, 56, scarcely harvests enough maize to feed her family until the next harvest. The mother-of-four, who lives in Mthyoka Village in Lilongwe, recounts how solely relying on maize turned her home into a house of hunger and poverty. “I used to harvest no more than three bags of maize from my plot. This…