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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Pang’onoPang’ono Onlus Rescues AEI

Part of the wall

Part of the wall fence being funded

While we are celebrating that all the students of Andiamo Secondary School who sat for their 2014 Malawi School Certificate Examinations (MSCE) have passed, we have also received news that Pang’onopang’ono Onlus will fund the building of the wall fence that will separate the technical college from the secondary school.

This is the recommendation we received from the government and it is our hope that this will create a conducive learning environment for both the college and the secondary school.

 The dream is to build new school blocks and offices for the college and to use the existing structures for the secondary school with an idea to introduce Forms 5 and 6.

Secondary school hostels (far right) will be isolated from the college's workshops

Secondary school hostels (far right) will be isolated from the college’s workshops

The coming in of Pang’onopang’ono Onlus, an organization that has collaborated with us in a number of projects before has relieved the AEI office, which was working on the project with meagre resources.

Commenting on the support, Patrick Bwanali says AEI office is grateful to Pang’onopang’ono Onlus for this “timely assistance” and he has since promised to use the assistance for the intended purpose.

AEI falls under the Education Pillar of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust and it is an umbrella body for Andiamo Technical College, Andiamo Secondary School, Andiamo Music School, St Monica, St John Paul II, Kapandatsitsi, Chikondi and Chimwemwe Nursery Schools.

By P.K.B

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AEI on a Demarcation Project

Digging the foundation

Digging the foundation

Every journey begins with a single step. Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI) office has embarked on a project to build a wall fence that will separate Andiamo Technical College from the Secondary School. Both are under one campus. The dream is to build new school blocks and offices for the college and to use the existing structures for the secondary school with an idea to introduce Forms 5 and 6.

According to AEI office the project will move depending on the availability of funds. Patrick Bwanali, who is the Education Coordinator, says at the moment the AEI office is funding the project but he hopes that “our partners” and “people of goodwill” would come in to support this noble project.

AEI falls under the Education Pillar of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust and it is an umbrella body for Andiamo Technical College, Andiamo Secondary School, Andiamo Music School, St Monica, St John Paul II, Kapandatsitsi, Chikondi and Chimwemwe Nursery Schools.

The team to build the fence

The team to build the fence

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Mphipe Lodge to Open Soon

Opening soon

Opening soon

The waiting is almost over. Mphipe Lodge at Cape Maclear in Mangochi will open its doors in the next few days. So far we have licences for both lodging and restaurant. At Mphipe  Lodge, you will enjoy the friendly community of the locals and its beautiful sunset. While enjoying the beauty of Cape Maclear with all the comfort provided by Mphipe Lodge, just know that you are doing a great service to the community of Balaka and beyond because the income realised from this will allow kids suffering from different ailment get treatment at Comfort Paediatric for “free”.

The view from the lake

The view from the lake

The community of Cape Maclear enjoying at at the Mphipe beach

The community of Cape Maclear enjoying at at the Mphipe beach

The sunset seen from Mphipe's restaurant

The sunset seen from Mphipe’s restaurant

Humble beginnings...

Humble beginnings…

Everyone was involved

Everyone was involved

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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.

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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!

By Jill Claus

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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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