ABOUT USIn southern Malawi, and precisely in Balaka, Father Mario Pacifici, Monfort missionary, arrived here thirty five years ago and founded with Cesare Castelli the "Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust" which now has nearly 700 workers. The Cooperative operates within four areas of development:
- People find jobs in the 33 activities of Andiamo, including health care, education, vocational training, construction, agriculture, mechanics, sports, and last but not the musical one. Precisely in this context born the Alleluya Band, a band created in 1978 as a church choir and now became the point of musical reference throughout Malawi. Our representative in Italy is Orizzonte Malawi onlus
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…
See you in the most beautiful squares in Italy…
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
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
A comparison of patient volumes year over year at Comfort Community Hospital is showing a steady dramatic increase. In 2012, we treated 22,251 patients, in 2013 we treated 34,354 patients, and in the first half of this year we have already treated 33,484 patients. That means that in the first 6 months of this year, we have already treated almost as many patients as we did last year!
By Jill Claus
Kefasi Kasiteni, a student from Andiamo Secondary School is among the Malawian athletes to participate during the Commonwealth games to be held in Scotland, United Kingdom.
The Malawian team left Malawi on 29th June and will return on 7th August 2014. Kasiteni success has not surprised Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI) management because Kasiteni has been successful in many competitions in the country.
We wish him well as he represents Malawi and Andiamo!
A new clinician has joined us! He is replacing Khumbo Kasamba who only stayed in Balaka for a couple of months before he decided he wanted to return to the city. Henry Banda joins us from Liwonde Distrtict Hospital where he was their Chief Clinical Officer. He has worked with the Ministry of Health for 23 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Comfort Clinics. We welcome Henry!
By Jill Claus
Guardians interviewed on Thursday, June 26, 2014 have said they are satisfied with the services at Comfort Clinics. The guardians are happy mainly with the availability of drugs.
“When we come here, we are sure that our kids will be treated,” says one guardian we interviewed at the paediatric clinic.
Asked if they know that Alleluya band is in Italy fundraising for Comfort Clinics, they say they never knew but they say they are grateful though.
“We thank everybody who is making sure that our kids don’t die of treatable diseases. God should always bless them,” says a guardian who brought a child with malaria.
Comfort Clinics treat thousands of patients every year and it complements Balaka District Hospital.
Meanwhile Alleluya band led by Fr. Mario Pacifici is in Italy holding shows to raise funds for Comfort Clinics here in Balaka.