Issa Alfred Saidi’s job often takes him beyond his head teacher office at Nampinjuja Primary School in Mangochi, Malawi. He is quite often found making house calls, visiting learners who are absent from school or appear to be facing some problems. Issa is a man who commands great respect in the school and surrounding community. He is also a cheerful man and is a favorite among his students, with whom he is often found laughing with.
Mwandida Kazembe has one job: ensuring her four children have enough to eat. It’s not an easy task. The family has struggled since her husband’s death seven years ago. Farming is Mwandida’s only source of food; she grows maize on a small garden plot. In a good year, she harvests five bags of maize, enough to feed her family for about five months. However, there haven’t been enough good years lately so she’s had to make do with just two or three bags each year. “The rain is unpredictable, it comes late or too little,” says Mwandida.
Today, on Saturday 23 June, Malawi is commemorating the International Day of People with Albinism. Unfortunately, people with albinism in Malawi are living in fear, following a series of violent attacks. The situation is worse for children because they are the most vulnerable and therefore the most targeted.
TA Bwanyambi is the Head Chief for Chowe, a large area of Mangochi District, covering 33 villages. She sits outside her house, which together with a brick mosque, sits in a dramatic location beneath a craggy mountain. Standing beside her with a broad smile is 18-year-old Edna, a girl she has saved from child marriage.
Today, Saturday 16 June, countries across the African continent are celebrating the Day of the African Child. This commemoration was put in place by the African Union (AU) almost two decades ago, and has gone from strength to strength. This year, Malawi is hosting the celebrations. As a country where children account for over half the population, this is both timely and welcome.
Mde Chida and her husband grow maize and groundnuts to sustain their six children. Most of what they harvest, they eat. Sometimes they sell a little to pay for household essentials.
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An unusual sight greets visitors to the Headmaster’s house at Kampini Primary School, Dedza. Old fashioned sewing machines sit on desks, surrounded by old clothes and materials. Mothers are hard at work sewing sanitary pads for adolescent girls, to prevent them missing school during their periods.
The clouds are clearing in Enukweni in rural Mzuzu after some summer rain in the afternoon. Children are gathering toys and playing games near the trading centre as they wait for the rest of their peers to arrive to participate in the afternoon’s children’s corner activities. A composed and cheerful Gertrude Chirambo is one of these children.