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…

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…

Farmers commend agriculture programme

Farmers from Traditional Authority (T/A) Chimutu in Lilongwe have commended the Sustainable Agriculture Programme (SAP) for improving their livelihoods. The farmers, who were trained in sustainable agriculture technologies such as livestock management, manure making and application and soil and water conservation, are now  relying on themselves for farm inputs. Speaking during a visit by a…

Free dental camp ends amid demand

A week-long free dental camp at Bwaila District Hospital and Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe ended on Friday with over 1 300 patients treated for various dental problems. In an interview, KCH chief dental officer Yobe Moyo commended members of the Rotary Club of Lilongwe, who provided K3.5 million worth of the required medical…

Mitundu road thrills farmers

Masauko Radson is a youthful farmer in Mwinimudzi Village outside Lilongwe City. He grows potatoes and soya beans for sale at Mitundu Trading Centre. However, it is tough for farmers in his area to transport farm inputs and produce to places where they are needed. Radson’s community hopes that a 15-kilometre tarmac road being constructed…

The lost glory in education standards

A few months ago, a video clip of Malawi’s youngest legislator, Fyness Magonjwa from Machinga, grappling to fluently speak English in a television interview went viral. The video clip attracted public attention with some people poking fun at her inability to master the foreign language. While many laughed, others had a holistic view beyond this incident.…

Jeranjie Kamfose

 Often, people take for granted their ability to read and write with ease. But imagine what it would be like to look at a page in a book and only see distorted letters, or not see the variation between different letters. Such is life for children with dyslexia, a condition that has affected many people…

Reviving banana yield

Lilongwe may not be a major banana-growing district the size of Mulanje, Thyolo, Nkhata Bay and Karonga. However, Frank Washoni a farmer who has been growing the fruit on an irrigation farm in Dzenza for six years, seems determined to change the picture. He is not only reaping the benefits of banana production, but also…

Scramble for same old cake

With rapid population growth, Malawi is  struggling to provide quality education, jobs, healthcare and other basics. According to the 2018 census, the country’s population has increased by 35 percent from 13 million to 17.6 million within a decade. The count is four times the 1966 population and 1.3 times that of 2008. At the 2.9…

Economic exclusion at work

At 11, Chrissy Zimba, a researcher at the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps, suffered a spine injury and a doctor told her she would never walk again. I was traumatised,” she says. “My dream to become a nurse was shattered. How could I be a nurse in a wheelchair? I thought I was going to…

Kasungu women, youths in self-empowerment drive

Women and youth from Traditional Authority (T/A) Lukwa in Kasungu are now making use of their idle time and becoming economically empowered through agri-business activities. One of the women’s groups, Tiyanjane, which has 20 members, has been supplying leaf vegetables to Linyangwa Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) while selling some at the local markets. The…

Tackling infertility problems

Mary Mdawa from Chikunkhu Village in Thyolo dreams of having a baby someday. The 35-year-old has been in a childless marriage for 22 years. The woman, who married aged13, has endured demeaning remarks and treatment from her neighbours in the remote part of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mphuka. “I have been to different hospitals and herbalists,…

Female MPs plead for support

Female members of Parliament (MPs) from the Eastern Region have called for support from various donors and organisations for them to serve the people they represent better. The MPs, including Mary Mpanga, Aisha Mambo-Adams, Esther Jolobala and Lillian Patel, said this in Ntaja, Machinga on Friday when they hosted a group of Oxfam America delegates…

Initiative to benefit people with fertility problems

First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has partnered German organisation Merck Foundation to implement the More than a Mother initiative to help break silence on issues of infertility. The initiative, launched under the theme Addressing Infertility, Restoring Dignity to the Affected, seeks to empower men and women with infertility issues through access to information, education and mindset…

Italian honoured for Dzaleka Camp role

Florisa De Leo Magambi, founder of There is Hope, has been honoured with the Knight of the Star of Italian Solidarity Award by the president of Italy for uplifting the lives of refugees at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa. When she got married to Innocent Magambi, who was a refugee for 27 years, the couple…