Welcome to the March update for Mphatikizo and to what has been an incredibly busy time here in Mtubwi. As most of you have seen from the news, Malawi has been suffering the effects of a cyclone which has hit us, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Sitting here writing this, I am deafened by the torrential rain hitting the iron roof at a time when here in Liwonde we should be in the dry. The south and north of Malawi have been worse affected with us seeing multiple houses down, decimated crops, but thankfully not the number of fatalities suffered in the south.
Welcome to another update for Mphatikizo and I hope you all had a safe and restful New Year with family and friends. This year in Malawi, Mphatikizo will be busier than ever with volunteers working with us from early April until late in the year. This is both an enormous leap forward for the charity and a very exciting time. Malawi has seen heavier than expected rains this year with many people losing both crops and homes.
Here in Malawi we are in the midst of what is developing into a very heavy rainy season, with the last few weeks giving us torrential rain on a daily basis. I have shown the house on the left as it has now been destroyed by the rains and is typical of many of the huts here in Malindima village. This particular house was home to the woman pictured and her three kids. The replacement home we had been constructing for this family was also damaged by the rains and the family are currently housed in Mphatikizo. This highlights the need for the housing project this year and, from the charity prospective, makes sustainable sense as much money is used doing
Welcome to the final update for 2018 and as you can see from the picture above, the rains are here, and Malindima is looking green again. The last two months have been an extremely busy time for Mphatikizo with four volunteers visiting from New Zealand.
While we have had some great successes there have also been some issues, most of which arose during our time in New Zealand. The most disappointing was that there was quite a bit of minor theft which collectively has cost a lot.
Welcome to another update after what has been, as usual, a busy time for Mphatikizo. From our family’s view point we are all very excited as in a couple of weeks I will be rejoining Regina and the kids in Malawi. As a family it has been a long hall for us all, but Regina has done a wonderful job flying solo in my absence.
Mphatikizo is looking at a very busy time entering the Christmas season with three volunteers arriving early October and staying until the New Year, and another four arriving via London late January and staying until March.
Kiaora everyone and welcome to another newsletter for Mphatikizo and the end of what has been a very busy month.
Last month saw the arrival of our volunteer group from Lincoln University who were here in Malawi to build a community Pre School, help establish gardens and take part in an out reach programme targeting young girls and early marriage. The communities here were absolutely wonderful in accepting the group with open arms and they were free after project time to interact with our neighbours visiting home, villages and playing with the abundant local kids.
Hi everyone and welcome to another update for Mphatikizo. Whilst I am still working here in New Zealand Regina and the kids continue with the hard work and on the ground in Malawi Mphatikizo continues to grow and assist people in the Machinga district. The Pre -School /Feeding Centre continues to grow at an alarming rate with the daily role now topping out at just shy of 200 children. We did receive food from the …