The Alleluya Band Tour it’s started!!!

This year, all the income will be used for the purchase of drugs and food for the Comfort Cpommunity Hospital of Balaka

Give us the opportunity to continue to provide basic health care to the community of Balaka, follow us!!!

Here is the calendar tour…

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See you in the most beautiful squares in Italy…

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Talent within our Reach

Katija Jussab with her Instructor

Katija Jussab with her Instructor

Alleluya band is in Italy fundraising for Comfort Community Hospital and the band will be back next week. When the members are back they will find out that we have a lot of talent just waiting for their turn to join the band.

A visit to the Andiamo Music School offered us an opportunity to meet two young people learning how to play a guitar: Jackomino Murowa and Katija Jussab. Both are from Balaka.

Jackomino is not new to Alleluya band members. He has travelled with the band abroad before. He did not join the band this year because he was writing Form IV examinations. He has been going out with the band as a dancer but next time he may go out as a guitarist!

Jackomino Murowa with his guitar

Jackomino Murowa with his guitar

The surprise could be Katija Jussab. She is fifteen. She has just graduated from Bedia High School. She says her passion is music and a guitar in particular. Though 5 Seconds of Summer is her favourite music group, she will not hesitate to perform with Alleluya band whenever she is given a chance!

By P.K.B

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Andiamo Secondary School Releases Examination Results

2013/14 Form IV class

2013/14 Form IV class

Andiamo Secondary School has released the end of term results. 38 students have qualified to pursue their studies in From IV and for the first time since the school was opened, 58 go to From II.

According to the Headteacher of the school, Mr. Banda this year’s Form 1 class had hardworking students.

For the first time, number of girls in Form IV outnumbers that of the boys. There will be 20 girls against 18 boys. Next term begins on 8 September 2014. Entrance examinations for Forms 1 and 3 take place on the 19th of August.

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Welcome to our new Human Resource Manager!

Montfort Chiwaya

Montfort Chiwaya

We are pleased to announce that we have hired a Human Resource Manager named Montfort Chiwaya.  He has Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management and a Masters in Business Administration – which is a fantastic educational combination for Comfort Community Hospital.

Montfort was previously employed as the Principal Hospital Administrator for a large hospital here in Malawi, so he also brings a wealth of valuable experience with him to our facility.  All of the staff welcomes Montfort and we look forward to working with him!

By Jill Claus

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420 Graduate at Andiamo Nursery Schools

Kids from Chimwe Nursery School on their graduation day

Kids from Chimwe Nursery School on their graduation day

420 kids have this year alone graduated in all the five nursery schools run by Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust namely Kapandatsitsi, Chimwemwe, St. John Paul II, St. Monica and Chikondi.

The graduation ceremonies started Tuesday through Friday. Meanwhile all the nursery schools are on holiday and they will open their doors on 8 September.

Thousands of children have passed through the corridors of Andiamo’s nursery schools. AYCT believes that what happens during the early years is of crucial importance for every child’s development.

Unicef says there is consistent and strong evidence, which shows that: Brain development is most rapid in the early years of life. When the quality of stimulation, support and nurturance is deficient, child development is seriously affected;

The effects of early disadvantage on children can be reduced. Early interventions for disadvantaged children lead to improvements in children’s survival, health, growth, and cognitive and social development;

Children who receive assistance in their early years achieve more success at school. As adults they have higher employment and earnings, better health, and lower levels of welfare dependence and crime rates than those who don’t have these early opportunities;

And thatefforts to improve early child development are an investment, not a cost. Available cost-benefit ratios of early intervention indicate that for every dollar spent on improving early child development, returns can be on average 4 to 5 times the amount invested, and in some cases, much higher.

Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust is therefore thanking all individuals and organisations in Italy that continue to support the early development of the Malawian child.

By P.K.B

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Alena Seredova and Fr. Mario Pacifici launches the Alleluya Band and Zucchero Show for Andiamo Comfort Community Hospital

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Visitors from Franklin University Switzerland

Dr. Mwale briefing the visiting team

Dr. Mwale briefing the visiting team

Dr. Armando Zanecchia, Professor of Political Science and International Management at Franklin University Switzerland, brought 12 of his students to Comfort Community Hospital Wednesday for a tour.  He and the students spent a couple of hours touring all of the departments and wards, meeting the staff and patients, and learning about the services we provide and the challenges we face.  We thank Dr. Zanecchia and his students for visiting our facilities and we hope to see them again someday in the future!

By Jill Claus

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The Franklin University Switzerland Group Visit is Eye Opening

The group at Comfort Community Hospital

The group at Comfort Community Hospital

The visit by the professor and students from Franklin University Switzerland to Andiamo on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 has revealed how intense is the service of Andiamo to the community of Balaka and Malawi as a whole.

The fifteen-member group, which was led by Professor of Political Science and International Management, Armando Zanecchia started with the tour to two of the five nursery schools run by Andiamo and later at Comfort Community Hospital. In the afternoon the group was in the Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI) campus before touring the cooperative groups.

A visit to the cobbler cooperative group

A visit to the cobbler cooperative group

At the end of the tour, which was shortened because it was not possible to see everything that Andiamo does, many lessons were learnt.

One. Andiamo is serving the community of Balaka and Malawi, and it is serving them well. The Comfort Community Hospital comforts the sick. The schools, which are under AEI enrol students from all over Malawi and Andiamo herself offers employment to many youth disregarding home of origin and religion.

Feeling the presence of Alleluya Band

Feeling the presence of Alleluya Band

Two. People outside Malawi love Andiamo. The tour has revealed the love that the people out there have for Andiamo. There are many projects that were and are still being supported by different individuals and organisations outside Malawi.

Three. There is need to thank individuals and organisations that continue to dream with us. We must thank them!

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Andrea Village – Hope for the Elderly

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Gogo Anna Kumchera

She could not even remember the date she got a double blow. Her husband died, and later lost everything to fire that gutted down the house and all her belongings. Though after more than six years now, 94 old Anna Kum’chera narrated her ordeal with a shade of tears on her left eye that refused to climb the wrinkles on her cheek. The frequent name of Jesus on her mouth somehow brought back her courage.

She went on explaining. She said she left Amonisute village in Balaka’s traditional authority Kachenga and joined Andrea village. This is her home now and she showed her happiness at the end of her story, saying she will leave the village that day when God will switch off the light of her life on earth.

Andrea village is the brainchild of Andrea Pacifici and is named after him. The name can not be ignored in the entire Mangochi diocese. He was a brother to Fr. Mario Pacifici. He assisted in several areas within Andiamo campus and beyond, before his death right here in Malawi.

There are currently four elderly people at Andrea village on full board after three others died of old age.

Apart from Anna Kum’chera, the village also accommodated Wilson Chilala six years ago, who came to Balaka some decades back from Lupiya village, traditional authority Kanduku in Mwanza.

According to their caretaker Shupikai Kapasule, she and a colleague are responsible 24 hours, to ensure the four elderly people at Andrea village eat, clothe and attain medical attention whenever necessary.

By Moses Thom

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Andiamo Music School Shines at National Level

Andiamo Music School Band

Andiamo Music School Band

Many thought the initiative was just to keep the youth of Balaka district busy. On July 5th this year, the nation differentiated classroom music from any other. Andiamo music school band scooped 1million Kwacha Chibuku Road to Fame Competition held at Silver stadium in the capital city Lilongwe.

The judges could not ignore the quality sound from the band. They outclassed other eleven bands from all corners of the country.

Another 400 thousand kwacha was carted home to enable the band record an album.

According to percussions lecturer Nastazio Bernard, this proves to the nation that what is taught at Andiamo music school is commendable.

“The band was formed recently, but managed to outclass other bands that have been in the business for a long time,” said Bernard.

He said the future looks bright, and asked those who had doubts to enroll, to do so. Students at the school choose to master the instrument of their choice, whether a guitar, drums, keyboard or any other and are mentored by professionals. Andiamo Music School is one of the institutions under Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI), the Education Pillar of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust.

By Moses Thom

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Winning Back the Trust of Vehicle Owners

Kalambo (Centre) with his team at the garage

Kalambo (Centre) with his team at the garage

Many vehicle owners have lost the trust of garage owners. They have vowed not to leave their vehicle fixed in their absence. The fear is it may come back worse than it went.

The story is different with Andiamo garage. The services advertise the place, not the place advertising the services.

Many people within and outside Balaka district have come to realize that there is still one other place with professionals offering trusted vehicle maintenance and repair services.

“We have the equipment that serves all the needs of our client on top of the qualified mechanical and auto electrical team,” said Luwisho Kalambo, Andiamo’s head mechanic.

Kalambo added that safety of vehicles is also guaranteed and that the owners collect their vehicles in good condition more than it came.

By Moses Thom

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