James dreams of a home

He was born nine years ago. Remembers little of his past life, does not remember his parents neither he remembers if at all he had brothers and sisters. That is life for James Taulo.

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Fiona Parker in Malawi: A genuinely sorry sight

I share the confusion that surrounds Fiona. I have reproduced her blog post below. Cryton x

A genuinely sorry sight

I always worry when I see men carrying babies. Invariably it seems to mean that something is horribly wrong with the mother.

We live quite close to a hospital but I only really notice it about once a week….still, it’s enough. Once we were driving to work and noticed two men, one carrying a baby and one with a very large child strapped to his back. Look closer, it wasn’t a child but a skeletal woman slung up in a bit of tattered fabric. This morning on the way to work I noticed a woman curled up on the grass lying with her head on the kerb. I thought, she is crying and might have just lost a child. Moments later I drove past a man walking down the street towards a local clinic, with a baby strapped to his back and a couple of water bottles with what looked like milk in his hand. I don’t know if they are connected, but I am so sorry to see it.

15% of the adult population have HIV/AIDS here. Some reports say it is coming on for 20%. That is one in every 5 people. There are literally millions of orphans. But if you are Malawian HIV/AIDS is just another thing to add to the list of stuff that will kill you. Most people have malaria, many have bilhartisa, there is cholera and TB and dysentery. I understand a Malawian’s life expectancy is around 45 (a recent improvement from 38).

I do not know what to make of all that.
F x

Source: http://fionaparkerinmalawi.blogspot.com/2009/07/genuinely-sorry-sight.html

My life has changed

Little Merica Mastone, 12, arrived at Tithandizane Orphanage Centre complaining of a stiff neck. It was not the first time to complain of the stiff neck on that day. She had already done that to the sister, who she stays with.

My Life has changed

My Life has changed

Instead, the young girl says, the sister sends her to collect water from a distant public tap. She had to go there several times, balancing a pail full of water on her heard effectively straining her little neck further.

Marica stays with her sister because her father and mother passed away two years ago.

Little Merica’s life has been complicated since the parents died. However, she has found solace as Tithandizane Orphanage Centre where she went for food and peer bonding.

“I have seen change ever since I started coming here. At least I am playing with my friends peacefully,” she said.

The matron at Tithandizane Orphanage Centre offered her K10 to buy panadol for the little girl, at least, to ease the pain. However she promised to visit Merica’s sister to talk to  her over the treatment of the little girl.

At the mean time Tithandizane feeds about 158 childen at the Centre.

An inspiration of its own class

She has been there before, she has breathed it, in short she lived it before lady luck smiled upon her but she still makes time to visit her friends and encourage them to look positive to their rather negative life. That is the story of Miriam Ngwira.

Mirriam Ngwira has lived in poverty since her parents’ demise some three years ago. Her troubled life took her to among other places Tithandizane Orphanage Centre to find solace. Tithandizane is assisted by a UK based charity organisation Ababa Malawi. Continue reading

Keep street kids in home not orphanages

Street kids are different breed of kids, much as they look pitiful when they extends their arms for alms they are not as innocent as they look hence it is important to put them in homes if they are to be rehabilitated , a social welfare worker in Blantyre Judith Zulu has said.

Zulu was saying this at the residence of Audrey Mwala, a benefactor, who is keeping eight street children she rescued from the streets of Blantyre. Continue reading

A tale of Innocent the invisible

Weak and hungry he would walk in and with the speed of sound he disappears that is the tale of Innocent Kulanga, 7, the invisible.

In any situation or grouping of over 100 people, of course all of them children, one would expect a litany of problems. Continue reading

Bravery of its kind

This is winter season in Malawi. The country is going through a cold weather. In bad days the temperature would go way below 10 degrees Celsius. Of course this might not mean much to countries which experience cold weather but this point could be way below what a normal Malawian would take. Worst still a normal warm jacket or jersey is a luxury not accessible to a good number of people who are straggling with poverty.

During this period of the year which stretches between May and July, things go slow in Malawi. People tend to wake up late, go to the office late and in most instances the number of absentees rise in school and places of work. However, there is a remarkable different story at Tikondane Orphange Centre in Naperi Blantyre where children ranging from months old to 15 years brave the cold weather to have their Saturday meal. Continue reading