We hope this newsletter finds you well. This past month the work in Malawi has been full of activities and initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of the people physically, emotionally and spiritually. We are encouraged by your support and the fruit of your support as we happily celebrated children having access to preschool education, as well as adults having access to life-giving health programs, along with the other initiatives of FVM. Please continue to read and be encouraged as well...
EXCITING NEWS FROM THE PRESCHOOL PROGRAM!
I am Emmanuel Saimon, a teaching volunteer of our Nursery School in Taulo’s community. When I look back at my personal life, I take regard myself as the great beneficiary of all the interventions FMC-C is carrying out in my community.
I struggled in many areas in the past, including academically. In 2007, I started my secondary education and had no one to inspire me. With economic hardships and frustration I dropped out from school after getting junior secondary certificate and married. Hopeless and visionless.
When FVM-C started development work in our community in 2010, no one thought there would be any positive impact on the lives of the natives. FVM-C encouraged us to own the activities it was implementing in the area because they were primarily identified by us. So in 2012 I started participating in various activities including Bible Study on voluntary basis. At that time I had two kids and literally without vision about education or personal development. And Mr. Newton Sindo (manager) used to inspire all of us (as volunteers) to consider going back to school. It sounded like a mockery and taboo to talk about school to us as volunteers. But he kept on encouraging us to go back to school until it started ringing some sense in me. I discussed with my wife and agreed. And in 2014, I started third year at Chisugulo Night Secondary School while being assisted with tuition fees by FVM-C. In 2016 I sat for secondary education examinations where I passed so well. In 2017 I was selected to train in primary school teaching at Machinga Teachers’ Training College by Malawi Government, Ministry of Education. I am just back from a one year class work and postdated for teaching practice in Balaka District from September 2018 to April 2018. I will go back to college for about eight months to wrap up my studies and qualify as a professional teacher. This is transformation in me.
From 2016 I have been a teaching volunteer at the preschool and have gone through various trainings in early childhood development by the help of FVM-C. I have been enjoying providing support to children as I was directly involved in developing them to realise their potential so that they contribute to the development of their households and the country.Besides me benefiting, our three children have benefited a lot in the early childhood development where they underwent through preschool and feeding initiatives. Our first son, Prince (9 years old) is in primary school grade 4 while our second born daughter (8 years old) is in primary grade 3. Our youngest daughter, Faith, is still at preschool.
I am grateful to FVM-C.
- 158 people underwent HIV test and 3% of them were found positive and were immediately sent for treatment.
- 94 people had their eyes screened and 12 need glasses while 7 need cataract surgery.
- 30 women went through cervical cancer screening. 4 were Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) while 1 was suspected of having cancer. They were all referred to hospital for treatment.
- 20 young people underwent sexual reproductive health counselling.
An introduction to a couple of our partners in health initiatives...
CENTER for DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION (CDC) engages communities in mitigating outbreaks of cholera through film shows, discussions and radio broadcasts. It works with communities in water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) endevours. Since water borne disease, such as cholera, diarrhea and dysentery, are present in Taulo community, CDC was taken on board to disseminate that information with FVM-C.
BANJA LA MTSOGOLO - BLM has been offering family planning services (FPS) for more than 34 years in Malawi. It also provides HIV Testing Services and counselling services to all people. Family Planning is an issue in Malawi and is linked to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. It is also linked to early child development and general household development considering food security, maternal health, public health, education and social development. This past month, more than 20 young people (aged 14-35) got counselling in various health issues especially in HTS, reproductive health and FPS.
- Effective partnerships in carrying out health care programs in Zomba District (Taulo).
-Preparation for the new preschool year and for the volunteers and staff.
In His Service,
Newton Sunday Sindo