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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Welcome to the World!

Omar & Omar

Omar & Omar

Nurse Kholiyo delivered twins last Wednesday!  Their mother, Agnes, is 22 years old and comes from Ngwalo village.  The new additions to her family are pictured above, a boy on the left and a girl on the right.  “Baby Boy Omar” was born at 15:30 and his bigger younger sister “Baby Girl Omar” was born 10 minutes later.  Agnes and her two new babies were discharged on Friday… we wish them all a long happy and healthy life!

By Jill Claus

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Chiara Back in Italy with Balaka in her Mind

Chiara Borruso Schmelcher

Chiara Borruso Schmelcher

Chiara Borruso Schmelcher is back in Italy having spent few weeks in Balaka as a volunteer but Balaka remains in her mind and she hopes that one day she will come back.

Being her first time in Malawi, she never knew what she would meet on her arrival here.

“I was very excited,” she says.

Chiara is full of praise for Malawians mainly young people despite many challenges they face.

“I enjoyed my stay in Balaka, people there are extremely curious because of the diversity between them and me. Adults are surely more diffident, but young people are willing to establish a positive relation. What really impressed me was the availability and kindness of people that are happy even only with that little they have.”

Her experience with students from Andiamo Secondary School was a wonderful one.

“Everyone thinks that it is better to stay with children attending nursery school, surely they are beautiful and tender, but with secondary school students you can talk, answer their questions and suggest them what is better for their future. I really enjoyed my time with the students, they are curious and they asked me a lot of questions. They appeared keen and willing to work hard.”

Will she come again? She is looking for a job as a lawyer/attorney in Italy and she doesn’t know if she will have time to come back again.

“I hope so,” let’s hope with her.

By P.K.B

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The New Curriculum Not Rolling Out in 2014/15 Academic Year

The new curriculum to wait

The new curriculum to wait

The implementation of the new secondary school curriculum for will not be possible to roll out in the 2014/15 academic year due to technical and logistical challenges, says the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

In a press statement released on Monday, 1st September, 2014 the ministry informs the general public that “due to technical and logistical challenges being faced in the provision of teaching and learning materials to support the curriculum implementation, it will not be possible to roll out the curriculum in the 2014/15 academic year.”

Once implemented, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology says the new curriculum aims at equipping students with learners centred approaches, adequate and relevant skills to cope with tertiary education, world of work and life in general.

It also aims at incorporating into the curriculum critical contemporary and cross-cutting issues such as Gender Equity, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), HIV and AIDS, Financial Literacy, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management, Peace Education, Environmental Conservation, Special Needs Education, Democracy, Human Rights, Governance and Entrepreneurship.

Apart from improving the acquisition of language skills and reading culture among learners, the new curriculum also aims at improving teaching and learning of science subjects.

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MAM Recognises Andiamo Music School Band

Andiamo Music School Band performing in Lilongwe

Andiamo Music School Band performing in Lilongwe

After emerging winners of Chibuku road to fame music competition, Andiamo Music school Band has won the recognition of the national music body- Music Association of Malawi (MAM).

“Moyo ndi Mpamba” campaign recently approached MAM to provide reputable bands and musicians to enter into a contract for its live shows aimed at spreading health messages.

Though new on the block, Andiamo Music School Band was one of the bands shortlisted. It was entrusted to relay Malaria prevention messages through songs at the live shows.

The band kept its graph rising, after mesmerising the audience with its unique lively performance with a taste of traditional Malipenga dance.

Head of Music Andiamo music school, an arm of Andiamo youth cooperative trust Thom Damba said this is a proof that the band is doing something commendable.

“It means we are doing something others are able to notice. There are numerous bands and musicians who started way back before us, but we were among the chosen few,” said Damba.

He commended other veteran musicians who they shared the stage with, for cordial relationship during the shows held in Lilongwe and Zomba recently.

Other notable artists Andiamo music school band shared stage with included Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Skeffa Chimoto and Mlaka Maliro.

By Moses Thom

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Lewis Likupe Laid to Rest

Lewis Likupe

Lewis Likupe

It is with great sadness that we announce another unexpected loss.  Mr. Lewis Likupe, our Ophthalmologist, died on Monday (Sept. 1st) after developing a severe case of Malaria.  He was laid to rest at Zammimba Village near Balaka on Tuesday (Sept. 2nd).

Mr. Likupe was 35 years old and had worked at Comfort Vision since 2001.  In 2003, he studied in Verona Italy for 3 years and was mentored by Dr. Giusseppe Perbellini.  Everyone at Andiamo and at Comfort sends their heart-felt condolences to his wife and family.  May God bless and comfort his family during this difficult time.

By Jill Claus

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Filling Teeth Again

Aarlon helping a patient

Aaron helping a patient

It is extremely difficult to find items needed for our Dental Department here in Malawi.  After a two year search, we were finally able to find some key items needed to fill teeth.  So our dentist, Aaron Mafuta pictured above, started filling teeth again last week in our clinic.  The three services we are currently able to provide are Consultations, Tooth Extractions, and now Fillings.  Our search continues for items needed in order to start cleaning teeth and doing root canals again!

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Emmanuele Mwale Laid to Rest

Requiem Mass at St. Louis Montfort Parish

Requiem Mass at St. Louis Montfort Parish

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Mwale, our Chief Clinical Officer.   He died last Friday night (8 August) from complications after suffering from a stroke in the early morning and was laid to rest in his home district Mchinji on Sunday 10 August 2014.  Mr. Mwale was 65 years old and had served as our Chief Clinical officer at Comfort for the past 10 years.  Everyone at Andiamo and at Comfort send their heart-felt condolences to his wife and family.  May God bless and comfort his family during this difficult time.

Mwale(L)

Mwale (Second from Left): May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace

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Alleluya Back with “Mbambande Malawi”

Alleluya Band sharing stage with Italian star Zucchero sugar Fornaciari

Alleluya Band sharing stage with Italian star Zucchero sugar Fornaciari

For a better cause, Alleluya Band is back after a three-month tour of Italy.

Left Malawi on May 26 with a single reason- raise funds to boost health services delivery for Comfort community hospital in Malawi’s southern region district of Balaka.

Band leader Coss Chiwalo says they managed to hold about 37 shows out of the total 43 planned, attributing the failed six to bad weather.

He said people however patronised their shows convincingly.

According to Chiwalo, Alleluya Band has learnt some skills after sharing stage with renowned Italian musician, Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari.

Zucchero left one of his shows, to join Alleluya band in a campaign against Malaria and pneumonia in Malawi.

The Alleluya Band leader disclosed that a new twelve-track album titled “Mbambande Malawi” is out.

“Mbambande Malawi” is a compilation of different songs composed by several artists who have been members of the band previously. These include the likes of Sir Paul Banda, The Reggae Ambassador Charles Sinetre and Isaac Liwotcha.

“Mbambande Malawi” album is named as part of commemoration for 50 years of Malawi’s Independence from the colonial rule.

According to Chiwalo, Alleluya band is set to offer its fans live shows starting this month of August, after a two-week holiday.

By Moses Thom

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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.

By P.K.B

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