For a country that is chronically hit by dry spells and food scarcity, the sight of rainfall brings immense joy. Rain is a sign of abundance and food security. Too much rainfall, on the other hand, is a recipe for concern. Flooding can wash away crops, destroy houses and property and be a threat to humans and livestock.
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.
Vanessa Kanzati is seated by the school hall. While she doesn’t have classes for several hours, she is studying as hard as she can. That’s because she goes to a double shift school and only has four hours of class each school day. She needs every spare moment to get ahead.
It was a historic evening for girls in Malawi on Wednesday 5th December at the Mt. Soche hotel in Blantyre. Dignitaries from different sectors in the country gathered to be a part of the Official Launch of the fundraising campaign for the Girls Secondary Education Trust Fund. The Trust Fund referred to as “Funo Langa”, was set up to provide access to quality education for vulnerable students in Malawi, particularly girls.
Mphunzi Community Day Secondary School is in Pinji village in Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza district. The school lies at the bottom of Mphunzi hill and is very close to Mphunzi health centre. The school has a shortage of water. This negatively affects us, students. There is only one borehole available which caters for students, teachers and the surrounding community. Unfortunately, sometimes it dries up and students have to wait for long periods of time until it water starts again. Lack of water means that there is poor sanitation at our school.
It was Monday, 8th September when the foundations for school blocks at our school were laid. One of the builders, who is also the foreman told the workers to construct very strong blocks.
I am Chimwemwe Phiri, a standard eight student at Nankhali primary school. I live in area 44 in Chochola village, which is under Traditional Authority Tsabango in Lilongwe. I was born in poor family and I have faced many problems. In our family we are four children, two boys and two girls and I am the first born and the last born is Michelle.My mother is a shopkeeper. I would like to be a nurse or doctor when I finish school.
Apart from the traditional response activities to cholera outbreaks, UNICEF employed the use of drone in cholera response activities. The drones were used to take arial imagery of places most likely to be affected by cholera. The images were used to inform action plans to scale down the spread and impact of the disease.
Village Headman Kuruwe had a dream of improving the living conditions for children in his community. Using his influence he mobilized his community to mold bricks and with UNICEF's support they have managed to build a school block for learners.