Skills development for all

Violet Ndalapa, 27, personifies women’s potential to become self-reliant and spur national development if they get relevant technical and vocational skills. The last born in a family of five girls, from Chimaliro in Thyolo, went to Providence Girls Secondary School in Mulanje. After passing Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations, she applied for a…

Savings groups fight child labour

Grace Dzuwa’s home flows with milk. She has eight cows and four of them produce milk. The village savings and loans association (VSLA) member in Chipeni, Traditional Authority Mponela in Dowa, also owns a house with corrugated iron sheets, a motorcycle, goats and chickens. “I thank Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company for opening our eyes when…

Ntchisi communities get access to clean water

Communities in traditional authorities ( T/As) Kalumo, Malenga and Chilooko  in Ntchisi District have hailed Environment Water and Sanitation (EWS), a local non-governmental organisation, for providing them with potable water. Since May 2018, the organisation has drilled 23 Afridev pump shallow wells valued at about K16 million through Ntchisi Protected Water Project. Speaking during the…

Saying goodbye to gender-based violence

Winfred Khwangwala, 66, from Helemani Village, Traditional Authority Khwethemule in Thyolo has five children and four grandchildren. The man is a community-based facilitator and gender champion for Malamulo Farmer Field School (FFS) which comprises of 21 farmers—eight men and 13 women. He became a full-time farmer in 2017 following retirement from his profession as a…

Nasfam advises farmers to embrace new methodologies

  National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (Nasfam) has urged smallholder farmers in Mzimba to embrace climate-smart agriculture to avert hunger and avoid post-harvest losses due to climate change. The association is implementing a Smallholder Farmers Scaling Up Climate-resilient Solutions project in the district targeting about 10 000 farmers. In an interview after meeting smallholder…

Danes rescue Lwanjati

  Imagine a 22-year-old primary school without a permanent building, a public facility where learners are crammed in leaky shacks with walls and roofs made of glass. This is the story of Lwanjati Junior Primary School in Mzimba, whose photographs went viral on the social media and moved students at Osted High School in Denmark…

Youth manifesto goes to Rumphi

Activists behind Youth Decide Campaign have urged people vying for public offices in the May 21 Tripartite Elections to increase the youth’s chances in life by investing in quality education, job creation and agribusiness. Campaign coordinator Dalitso Mageregere said this in Rumphi during a meeting organised to disseminate the National Youth Manifesto made after nationwide…

Safe births in crisis times

Fasileni Kanyenga was in her eighth month of pregnancy when she fled heavy rains that displaced about 79 000 people in the southern half of Malawi in March. Each passing day, she was looking forward to a safe delivery at Chitekesa Health Centre in Phalombe. The mother of three was aware of all the requirements…

CSO appeals for increased nutrition funding, advocacy

Civil Society Organisation Nutrition Alliance (Csona) Malawi has challenged organisations (CSOs) implementing nutrition activities in the Northern Region to lobby for more resources for nutrition health. Csona programmes manager Bessie Ndovi said this yesterday in Mzuzu during the close of a three-day nutrition advocacy training that attracted CSOs in the nutrition sector in Mzimba, Rumphi…

Chilima seeks peaceful elections

UTM Party presidential candidate Saulos Chilima yesterday told Muslims who are observing the month of Ramadhan to use the period to pray for peaceful elections. His call during a rally held at St Augustine 3 Primary School ground in Mangochi comes at a time when political party followers in the country are vandalising campaign materials…

Sukez inspires Blantyre youths

Multi-award-winning video director-cum-producer Sukez, real name Gift Sukali, on Saturday at Blantyre Hub inspired young people to develop a business mindset to achieve their aspirations. The inspirational talk, held under a programme called Upgrade Yourself, was organised by Blantyre Hub to motivate youths who are in business and other ventures. In an interview, Sukez, who…

UN reaches over 400 000 with disaster response

United Nations (UN) agencies, Malawi Government, national and international agencies have reached over 400 000 persons affected by the impact of Cyclone Idai. The flood survivors have received immediate life-saving relief support including food, medicine, shelter, protection services and other non-food-items such as water, sanitation and hygiene supplies. In early March, heavy rains and flooding…

Rumphi youth clubs petition DC

Rumphi youth clubs   working in the Youth Forest Restoration Programme  have presented a petition to the district commissioner (DC) over money relating to the programme. The six groups, comprising 35 members each, include Jaghala, Umodzi, Phalasito, Bumba, Salawe and Chikwawa. Bumba  Club leader  Emmanuel Mwenechanya  said at the beginning of the 2019 tree planting season,…

Untold story of filmmaker Mbaula

Though the Malawian film industry is not as developed as in other countries, there is a lot of young talent. While the industry continues to struggle due to, among others,  finances and lack of equipment, there are people who are making progress such as Khama Mbaula. The 25-year-old filmmaker runs a company called Afritix Pictures…

Tackling maternal depression

Depression is forecast to be the world’s deadliest condition in five years, our contributor WONDERFUL SAMSON writes. Giving birth to the first child brought the blues rather than joy to Rebecca. Today as she opens up on this, she prefers her name concealed. A week after giving birth Rebecca’s whole world took an instant change.…

Voice from the floods

While access to the East Bank flood areas is improving, Makhanga in Nsanje District remains an island cut off by devastating floods that led to loss of lives, homes, livestock and crops. LABANA STEVEN was part of Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) team responding to medical needs of floods survivors at Makhanga. He shares his experience.…

Lessons from Cyclone Idai

In this article DOROTHY TEMBO-NHLEMA, from the Future Climate for Africa Programme, gives her personal perspectives on how Malawi can become more resilient to future extreme weather. Malawians are still recovering from the aftermath of floods, a recovery that continues for many months to come. The heavy rains in March came as a surprise as…

Blown off school block affects 400 pupils

About 400 pupils at  Njoka Primary School  in Mzimba  are learning under a tree after a windstorm blew off the roof of their classroom block three months ago. The school, which is in Manyamula Zone, is yet to be renovated; hence, the call for well-wishers to help. In an interview on Sunday, the school’s deputy…

Teachers arrested for exam cheating

Police in Mponela have arrested five teachers on suspicion that they facilitated cheating during the 2018 Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education examinations at Mafosha Primary School in Dowa. Mponela Police Station officer Innocent Kasongo identified the five as Bazilio Watson,48, of Chatewa Village; Wilbesi Chithonje, 49, of Mafosha Village; Michael Jester, 29, of Mphunju…

Nkhorongo community demands end to illegal bars

Group village head Longwe of Nkhorongo in Mzuzu has said at least one person dies monthly due to excessive drinking of local alcoholic spirits. The chief said this at the first political debate for ward councillors organised by the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust held at Nkhorongo Community Day Secondary School on Wednesday.…