Nkhope Primary School is located in the lakeshore district of Mangochi, which is known for its chambo fish and beautiful beaches. Despite the picturesque setting, child advocates say it is important the school is a safe space for children.
As a field coordinator for an agency dedicated to empowering women and children, Phillipina Nkota is passionate about teaching young people how to stand up to violence and abuse.
Every week Nkota and her colleagues, who work for Ujamaa Pamodzi Africa, a non-government organization, visit primary schools in Mangochi.
Masuku Primary School is located near the Chiponde Mozambique border in Mangochi district. The school has a population of 2000 students, who attend the school from nearby villages. One of these students is Amina Banda (not her real name). She lives with her grandmother in Nakapa village along with her two siblings.
Fabio, 3, likes to sing songs in English. He also likes to count. “One! Two! Four! Five! Five!” he says. The little boy learned the language in an institution for orphaned and vulnerable children. But he has been home with his family for five months now and is settling right back in.
Chongoni in Dedza district, central Malawi is known for its Rock Art and cultural history. Here, at the foot of Chongoni mountain is Namoni Katengeza Training Centre. On a sunny October morning, several religious leaders from the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) Nkhoma Synod are gathered at the centre for a child protection workshop.
Collins Gwape, 17, is in Standard 8 at Magomero Primary School in Mangochi, Malawi. When he was younger, Collins was friends with a group of popular boys at school. They would often physically abuse girls and touch them inappropriately.
Mary Lingisoni, 11, lives with her two older sisters, Agnes and Ellen, father and stepmother in a township on the edge of Lilongwe. It’s a very normal Malawian set up. But Mary’s life has been anything but normal.
Rosa Sandra was woken by a loud noise. Then she heard another loud bang and got up to look out the window. There she could see five men breaking down the door to her parent’s house. It was 2016 and the conflict in Mozambique between government troops and the Mozambican National Resistance had broken out again.
Its thirteen degrees Celsius in the commercial city of Blantyre. Winter is taking its toll on the city and the hills are covered in fog. Yet the streets still are filled with people moving about, trying to make money to make ends meet. In the north-east of the city lies Ndirande township mosque. Muslims in the area put their business on hold for midday Friday prayers. Sheikh Ahmad Chienda begins Friday prayers by speaking about child marriage
The world desperately needs people who can devote themselves for the services of others, those who can drop a “sweat” to put a smile on someone’s face. These people are all around us and we call them social workers, the invisible heroes!