There has been some celebration and fun this past month for our communities- a much needed distraction from the heaviness of the past year dealing with COVID. We can rejoice that the 3 boreholes that FVM drilled in January 2021 were officially handed over to the community. These wells provide essential safe and clean water to hundreds of community members and will assist in sanitation needs.
"Please render our inner-most heartfelt thanks to our friends who have given us this precious gift of water”, said Chief Taulo to all the community members.
As well, over 4,000 people were entertained with football and netball matches where trophies and cash awards were given to the participating teams.
Hello my name is...Justin Chimpeni
I am from Mulanje District. I was able to begin and complete my tertiary education at the then University of Malawi’s Bunda College of Agriculture (now Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I smoothly studied my degree of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and successfully met the requirements for the award of the same.
I am so thankful to FVM for providing tuition fees throughout my college time. May God richly bless you.
Lots of activities related to the physical well-being of community members have been undertaken in the last month.
- 80 households (about 320 people) have been granted a business start-up fund of MK30,000 (about $38 USD) to be given back in 12 months’ time (without interest). The idea is to alleviate economic status of community members as we contribute to the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) challenges that girl children are facing in Malawi.
- The sports tournament mentioned earlier was a great opportunity to reach more than 5,000 people with messages of child protection (from early marriages and teenage pregnancies, sexual harassment, gender-based violence), Covid-19 prevention, importance of sending children to school, and appeal for modification of some cultural practices that make a girl child more vulnerable. As well, the audience was reached with discussions of HIV prevention methods. 69 people underwent HIV tests and no one was diagnosed positive. This is worthy celebrating as it shows that the messages, we have been disseminating for the past 11 years, are bearing fruits.
- 19 women underwent cervical cancer screening and 1 was diagnosed positive and she was immediately referred for further treatment.
- 74 people had their eyes screened. 26 of them got treated, and 6 are to undergo cataract surgery.
- Third wave of Covid-19 has hit Malawi and other African countries. Please pray for the safety of our community members.
- Sexual and reproductive health activities will be conducted and effective.
Thank you again for your ongoing interest and support of FVM in Malawi.