New Updated Website

NEW UPDATED WEBSITE

We have recently updated our website with a new video, new pictures, and new information about how you can help us to support the community in Nancholi

https://nayoinmalawi.wordpress.com/home/

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Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad (BVDA)

BVDA sent 6 volunteers from Bristol University for 7 weeks from June – August 2018. This group’s focus was WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Malaria prevention, and Youth Development skills. For WASH, they demonstrated how to purify water with chlorine to local villages, and taught young people at awareness campaigns proper hygiene protocols. They also distributed mosquito nets and sprayed over 300 houses with fendona to prevent mosquitoes and other insects from passing on diseases. In July, they hosted a five-day football and netball tournament involving 10 youth groups from across Nancholi in each sport. This was an opportunity not only for the youths to get together and be empowered through teamwork, but also to educate them on issues that affect youths, such as HIV/AIDS and hygiene.

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Students for Kids International Projects (SKIP) Glasgow Team

SKIP sent 7 volunteers from Glasgow University for 5 weeks in June and July 2018. Their project included working closely with youth groups, hosting activities such as HIV/AIDS awareness workshops, leadership workshops, and eliminating mental health stigma. They also worked closely with the Girls Boy Trust at NAYO to help them to continue their innovative work and inspire young entrepreneurs in the community. Their work reached further than just Nancholi, as they visited and taught in a local young offenders institution.

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Howard University GROW team

A team from Howard University (Washington DC) joined us for 5 weeks in the months of May and June 2018 to empower the youth, specifically young women. Their project focused on HIV/AIDs prevention, mental health awareness, and the promotion of women’s role within society. They carried out many workshops in which they used skits, interviews, and open discussions to raise awareness for gender equality and the elimination of domestic violence.

Awareness Campaign in Mbinda Village

On the 5th of July NAYO held a campaign at Mbinda village to spread awareness of HIV and AIDS, including the importance of getting tested and knowing your status. The campaign was a huge success, attracting a large crowd with at least 85 people getting tested during the course of the campaign.

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Performances were given by the Judges Cultural Group, the children of Nancholi Youth Organisation music and drama groups and the Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad (BVDA).DSC_0125

Prior to the start of the programme, chlorine was distributed to households around the village for water purification as part of the Hygiene and Sanitation project being carried out by the Bristol Volunteers. Mosquito nets were also handed out during the course of the campaign.

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Future awareness campaigns are currently being planned for further villages and we hope to build on the success of this first campaign.

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Community Irrigation Scheme

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Pictures of our community irrigation scheme. The maize harvested here is sold to be cooked whole on a coal grill or boiled – in March or April after the rainy season maize is harvested to be made into maize flour for Malawi’s staple food Nsima.

The money made from the project goes back into the community working the fields, towards buying food for those HIV clients who most need it, as well as buying more seeds. The simple irrigation channel is much needed in the dry hot season of September to November. It dramatically cuts down on the labour hours – otherwise the farmers would be watering their crops by hand with buckets.

At the moment the irrigation channel is very basic, just a hand dug 3 foot ditch which is plugged by plastic bin liners and using big rocks as sluice gates. In the future NAYO would like to construct a more permanent structure using cement – currently the channel is rebuilt every year after the rains have washed it away.

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The tragic story of Enifa

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Enifa Chirombo is a recent NAYO client who we have mentioned in a previous blog post, we have since learnt more of her story. She is 19 years old and extremely sick both physically and mentally. Her life has been a series of tragic events of which she has been a helpless victim, this is a space to voice her sad story.

She was orphaned at the age of one and was taken into the care of her aunt, Chrissy. As a three year old toddler Enifa was often found outside her house during the night. Her aunt believed, according to folklore, that witches were taking Enifa in the night to initiate her in witchcraft and therefore Enifa had become a witch. What Enifa did receive at the age of four from these nocturnal outings was cerebral malaria. She started convulsing twice daily and nightly. Chrissy took Enifa to a ‘herbalist’ or witch doctor and the convulsions stopped for one year but returned after that. She had epilepsy.

At the age of ten she fell in the cooking fire and severely burnt her upper arm. There is a huge scar there now from her shoulder to 10 cm above her elbow. From then on she stopped going to school. She was befuddled, confused and probably psychologically disturbed.  At seventeen years old she became pregnant from sexual abuse by men taking advantage of her mental illness. The baby was born prematurely and died at four days old. Enifa had contracted HIV and genital ulcers. She is now on ART treatment but has abdominal pains, diarrhea, is anemic and malnourished. She is often found in other people’s houses.

This is a serious case of constant neglect from the guardian. Her aunt Chrissy, who is a widow with her own children and surviving on earnings from piece work, sees Enifa as a burden with the stigma of being a witch and HIV positive. Chrissy refuses to take her to the hospital and is expecting NAYO to provide all the money to support Enifa for food, medicine and transport costs.

Enifa is completely vulnerable, with no strength and in constant pain. She also has no voice – with little schooling and has retreated mentally inside herself- most likely due to psychological trauma form her experiences. She can only voice her basic needs of escaping from pain, water, food and warmth. NAYO’s nurse has entered Enifa onto the palliative care programme to monitor her many illnesses.

Ultimately what Enifa desperately needs besides her basic human rights, is love and care. There is no easy answer, Malawi is without the infrastructure to protect the most vulnerable and silent apart from individual NGO’s with limited resources like NAYO.

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