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Franco Honoured

Franco honoured

Franco honoured

Francesco Fiorina, aka Franco, a long time volunteer from Italy has been honoured for his dedication to the projects of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust (AYCT).
AYCT on Thursday, 10 April 2014 gave him “Certificate of Appreciation” for his unwavering support to the Cooperative Trust. During his stay this time, he embarked on among other things rehabilitating the road that connect Andiamo to the main road and finishing up the new boys hostel in the AEI campus. He leaves for Italy today, Friday 11 April 2014.

After a long day of rehabilitating the road

After a long day of rehabilitating the road

Franco and Ale appreciating a gift from Cos Chiwalo

Franco and Ale appreciating a gift from Cos Chiwalo

Working on a bridge

Working on a bridge

Supervising work at the new boys hostel

Supervising work at the new boys hostel

Satisfied that they have done a good job, Franco and Phillipo share light moments

Satisfied that they have done a good job, Franco and Phillipo share light moments

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Time to Harvest

At last we can now harvest our maize after some months of working hard. As we harvest we remember people who have helped us to reach this far. We have in mind the Late Peppino, who was the president of the Lawyers Association of Bergamo. Through his organisation, Peppino helped the “Get Up Stand Up” Project of Andiamo that is harvesting the maize now.

Like a seed of maize we planted some time ago and has given us tonnes of maize today, we believe God will bless Peppino abundantly.Yes, we are happy that we are harvesting our maize today. Our happiness reminds us of the generosity of the late Peppino. We are soothed by the words of Jesus himself:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

Clearing the land using the tractor

Clearing the land using the tractor

The day we planted

The day we planted

The seed germinated

The seed germinated

We applied fertilisers

We applied fertilisers

It was promising

The crop was promising

Hope

Hope

The day is here

The day is here

Thank God for the bumper yield

Thank God for the bumper yield

May Peppino’s Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

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Meet Khumbo Kasambala

Khumbo Kasambala

Khumbo Kasambala

We hired a new clinician last month.  His name is Khumbo Kasambala and he joins us from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.

Khumbo has been working in our Paediatric Out-Patient Department (OPD) with our other clinician – Gerald Kaitano. Together, they treated 4,360 out-patient children last month.

Welcome to our team Khumbo!

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Rest In Peace Peppino

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteous, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:6-8

Late Peppino (R), the wife and Andrew Galeta - File Photo

Late Peppino (R), the wife and Andrew Galeta – File Photo

Peppino Nosari is gone. He died early morning of 28 March 2014 in Italy. Here at Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust, we are saddened by his departure. We grieve together with his family in these trying moments but at the same time, we want to celebrate his life.

Through many projects we have done together with him for the community of Balaka, we can humbly say that Peppino fought a good fight. We pray that the Lord, who is the righteous judge, shall give him a crown of righteous.

May Peppino’s Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

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Bishop Stima follows his flock

On Saturday, 22 February 2014, we were in Mangochi to witness the installation of Bishop Montfort Stima as the new Bishop of Mangochi Diocese where we belong and on Monday, 24 March, the new Bishop followed us to see what we are doing for the church and indeed our country.

During the visit, the Bishop was briefed about the four pillars that summarise our service to humanity namely: Education; Healthcare; Social Development; and Sports and Culture.

From his speeches, it is clear that the Bishop may be new to the diocese but not our contribution to the church and the country. He has followed well Alleluya band. He uses glasses, which he showed, made at Comfort Vision. We like his advise: Stick to the values of the Catholic church. This is the message he brought to all our four pillars he visited.

Arrival of Bishop Stima at AYCT

Arrival of Bishop Montfort Stima at AYCT

Bishop Stima receives a gift

Bishop Stima receives a gift as Don Cesare and the Director look on

At the Cobbler Section

At the Cobbler Section

He also visited the paediatric ward of Comfort Community Hospital

He also visited the paediatric ward of Comfort Community Hospital

Students of Andiamo Education Institutions had an honour to meet him

Students of Andiamo Education Institutions had an honour to meet him

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They come and we don’t want them go back

When they are arrived at Andiamo, we celebrated for obvious reasons: these are volunteers who stay thousands of kilometres away from here yet their hearts are so near to us. Together with many others they fundraise for the smooth running of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust. Through them many young boys and girls access to the much needed quality education. Yes through them, our kids are receiving treatment for free at Comfort Paediatric Clinic. Through them, we are giving a good service to the community of Balaka in Malawi. We wish you a safe flight back to Italy Manuel Todeschini (President of Orizzonte Malawi), Innocenzo and Nazarena.

The day Manuel arrived in Balaka

The day Manuel arrived in Balaka

The day Fr. Mario arrived together with Innocenzo and Nazarena

The day Fr. Mario arrived together with Innocenzo and Nazarena

We cannot let them go

We cannot let them go

Thank you for your solidarity

Thank you for your solidarity

Coss Chiwalo and Gertrude with a smile that says, "we are meeting soon in Italy"

Coss Chiwalo and Gertrude with a smile that says, “we are meeting soon in Italy”

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Andiamo not Idle

Today, 13 March 2014 we went around to see what is happening around Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust (AYCT) and this is what we have seen:

Form III students of Andiamo Secondary School working in groups

Form III students of Andiamo Secondary School working in groups

Chimwemwe and company in the cobbler section

Chimwemwe and company in the cobbler section

Tailoring and Designing students of Andiamo Technical College learning new skills

Tailoring and Designing students of Andiamo Technical College learning new skills

Motor Vehicle Mechanics students learning the tricks

Motor Vehicle Mechanics students learning the tricks

Carpentry and Joinery students in the workshop

Carpentry and Joinery students in the workshop

Electrical Installation students

Electrical Installation students

Franco ferrying some doors from Andiamo Main Campus for a project

Franco ferrying some doors from Andiamo Main Campus for a project

The bridge under construction

The bridge under construction

Welders from the Metal Section busy doing their job

Welders from the Metal Section busy doing their job

Alleluya band members returning the generator to the main store

Alleluya band members returning the generator to the main store

The Female and Male wards being used as Paediatric wards to accommodate more kids

The Female and Male wards being used as Paediatric wards to accommodate more kids

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February Saw an Increase in Upper Respiratory Infections

Guardians and patients queueing for drugs

Guardians and patients queueing for treatment

February was another busy month at Comfort Clinics. Overall, we treated 5,672 patients, which is a 5% increase over January. The majority of the patients were in our Out-Patient Department (3,838).  The number of Upper Respiratory Infections surpassed the number of Malaria cases – this is a typical occurrence as the rainy season progresses. The following list outlines where most of the cases were:

770 cases of Upper Respiratory Infections

611 cases of Malaria (5 years & Over)

546 cases of Malaria (Under 5 years)

333 cases of Skin Conditions

265 cases of Diarrhoea (Under 5 years)

252 cases of Acute Respiratory Infections (Under 5 years)

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The Road Less Travelled

These days he doesn’t visit Andiamo Youth Cooperative Sections more often. When he does, everyone wants to see and interact with him. On Monday, 10 March 2014 Fr. Mario Pacifici, who is one of the founding trustees made a surprise and rare visit to the workshop.

Fr. Mario, Manuel Todeschini (President of Orizzonte Malawi), Augustino and the Andiamo staff

Fr. Mario, Manuel Todeschini (President of Orizzonte Malawi), Augustino and the Andiamo staff

Fr. Mario sharing notes with volunteers

Fr. Mario sharing notes with volunteers

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