Today is International Day of the Girl

October 11th, 2017

Today is International Day of the Girl. We strongly support the ambition of UN Women: “On the International Day of the Girl Child, let us commit to investing in skills training and education for girls and livelihood activities for young women around the world who are facing crises. Far from being passive recipients of assistance, these girls are leaders who will use the skills that they develop today to rebuild their communities, and create a better future for all of us.

International Day of the Girl

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Girl Power: Getting them back into school

September 26th, 2017

Although the number of out-of-school girls has declined by 52 million since 2000, 63 million girls are still not in school today. According to the most recent UNESCO Institute of Statistics data, girls are twice as likely as boys never to enrol in school.

Barriers to girls’ education are complex and multifaceted. In addition to unfavourable school environments, they can include discriminatory social and cultural factors, early marriage and school-related violence.

There are huge advantages to a society to having more girls go through school, it’s much beyond the macro benefit. The child of a mother who can read is 50% more likely to live past 5 years. Fascinating infographic here which is both horrifying and a source of hope: http://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/breaking-down-barriers-girls-education.

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Lynn and ALK off to Malawi

September 9th, 2017

Lynn and ALK to Malawi
We caught up with Lynn Clifford and Anne-Louise Kelly on their back to Malawi. Item 1 on the agenda there is to roll out a new growing season of the nutrition and conservation project we run with WAG. We’re adding 5 new schools to the existing 5 to bring the total number of children being reached to approx. 10,000.

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Big Thanks to Bruce and Marianne

July 23rd, 2017

Marianne and Bruce Johnson

Big thanks to Marianne and Bruce Johnson who have been so generous and supportive towards Tuesday Trust. Bruce, being such a keen gardener and grower, has given us barrowloads of tools for our gardeners in Malawi.

Love and thanks.

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Schools Growing Competition is a Winner

June 23rd, 2017

Our new schools food growing initiative with WAG seems to working well, though it is early days. Aubrey, who is running it day to day, is putting amazing energy and dedication into the programmes at 5 schools close to Thuma. Over 4000 children attend these.

It’s run as a competition between the schools to create a bit a fun as well encouraging everyone to participate. The pupils get vital skills in growing, tending and harvesting as well as feeding themselves. Education is key to breaking out of poverty, but it’s impossible to learn if you’re hungry. Thanks to Lynn, Aubry and WAG for their enthusiasm and commitment on the ground. There’s more detail here.

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Aubrey and pupils TT schools project

School Brown Nut harvest

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Lynn meets the TA and Chiefs

June 18th, 2017

Lynn Clifford, our amazing manager and WAG CEO recently met local chiefs to discuss all matters relating to our projects, world climate change and welfare for their villages.

Lynn Clifford meeting local chiefs

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Lucy Finch on BBC’s 100 Women of 2016 List

December 1st, 2016

Inspirational Lucy Finch, our great friend and founder of Ndi Moyo Palliative Care in Malawi has been named on BBC’s list of 100 Women of 2016. The list covers inspirational and influential women responsible for all manner of extraordinary achievements from groundbreaking moments of defiance to new takes on fairy tales, stories of octogenarian cheerleading to inside the world of e-gaming. And of course, Lucy - and her remarkable story of vision, energy and above all, compassion. Lucy Finch on BBC

As the piece introduces her: “Malawi is one of the world’s least developed countries with very primitive health care. In March 1998, nurse Lucy Finch had visited her native Malawi to care for her sister who was dying of Aids, when hearing a young man’s agonising death made her decide to come back and set up Malawi’s first and only hospice.”

We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with and support Lucy and her husband, Tony’s work at Ndi Moyo for several years now; and they’ve been amazing supportive of Tuesday Trust projects. So our congratulations to Lucy - we send her our love and best wishes. The BBC has chosen very well.

BBC 100 Women 2016

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Huge Thanks to Camara

August 15th, 2016

We’d like to offer a really sincere thanks to Camara for generously supplying us with a computer for our field staff in Malawi. In particular, Breon Timmons and John Fitzsimons who made it happen for us.

It has landed in Malawi and will be put to good use by our local field manager in running 2 sustainable agricultural projects in villages on the outskirts of Thuma National Forest Reserve Like any other project, success depends on accurate reporting and recording-keeping, and clear communications, and this will be invaluable for us. So thanks again.

Camara uses technology to deliver 21st century skills, and as such improve education in disadvantaged communities around the world.

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Sending Love to Kieran FitzGerald

June 20th, 2016

We want to send big love to our dear friend, Kieran who kindly MCed our TT fundraising dinner twice. He has had what proved to be a very nasty fall while on a great adventure - as ever - having sailed from Ireland as the final leg of O’Sullivan Beare’s March to complete the Camino Pilgrimage. We send him our very best wishes and look forward to having back with us again. Here he is on happier days on top of Croagh Patrick, full of joy and divilment as ever. #getwellsoon

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Worms are big news

June 20th, 2016

Worms aren’t often big news. But these are for us. This is our first wormery at Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Trust. A bed of big fat worms have, well, bedded themselves in and they are ferociously good compost makers helping also to breakdown kitchen waste quickly and efficiently. (BTW apparently, a group of worms can also be called a clew, a bunch or clat.) So here’s to our big red composting wrigglers and the goodness they can bring.

Our first Wormery

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