Archive for October, 2013

Ghosts: ALK’s Notes from Malawi.

October 26th, 2013


Arrived Thursday into a blue haze of Jacaranda trees and bright red “Flamboyance”.

Drove straight to Ndi Moyo (the clinic) and wore my arms out returning the warmth of my welcome.  Popping out from behind bushes. I was a little overwhelmed.

48 hours later and it feels like I never left.  Site meetings, planning meetings, strategy meetings – all for the new Tuesday Trust/Ndi Moyo demo food garden.

Very, very exciting.

This morning went for a long walk on the beach and, I have to be honest, felt a touch of Livingstone.
Hard not to.
The only difference between his time and mine is that there were herds of elephants and hippos on the lakeshore then and now there are just fisherman and children. The only ‘wildlife’ are the hawkers and the young, prosperous Malawians down for the weekend from Lilongwe, chasing the girls.

Livingstone and I have something else in common.
His ghosts, I’ll bet,  were mainly young men carving their way through Malawi, meeting cholera, malaria and other deadly diseases.  My ghosts are my friends.  All just living day to day.
Victoria; (32), who helped me understand how to do business. Frances; who passed on in her late 20’s leaving 3 children under 5. The youngest has just been diagnosed with HIV.
Sam; a brave soul of 17,  suffering from the worst eye tumour, totally taking over one half of his face.
The new born infant left to die on her own on a hospital bed because there was no one to care for her.
Ava’s infant grand daughter wrapped in a sheet; bringing her home for burial.
Mr. Waleria; the clinic watchman, who went home on Friday and died on Sunday.

The lake is full of ghosts. During the day the birds and the children sing. Yet at night there is still chatter and laughing.

I am particularly sad as I drive through the village near my house. Since 200t, I’ve passed this  handsome man lying with his friends in the sand in the centre of the village, his crutches beside him.
We developed a sort of waving relationship. Just between us. Once, when I had not been here for a time, I saw him. Stopped the car. Got out and we shook hands. Grinning like monkeys.  Another ghost.

There are ghosts in the trees, in the markets, in the lake. If you close your eyes I am sure you can feel them brush gently by. Maybe there are so many because Malawian culture forbids anybody to visit a grave. And in their gentle way these ghosts come around to help those between our world and theirs. I am starting to see people among us who are sitting that bit longer, becoming gaunt and very quiet. The surrounding ghosts, treading easy, holding hands.

On Friday last – a lady who has been so kind to me was sitting too long. I hope and pray the ghosts will leave her be for a while longer.

- ALK  26/10/13

Driving home as light falls

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Generous Help from Curran Gardens and B&Q Ireland

October 25th, 2013

A heartfelt thanks to Philip Curran from Curran Gardens who stocked up Anne-Louise with lots of tools and other gardening supplies to bring out to Malawi this month. Philip sourced these courtesy of B&Q Ireland, so we’re enormously grateful to them also.

These sorts of simple, practical donations make a huge difference to our projects: we run a lean operation. And the women’s groups are ferocious workers for their families’ wellbeing. In the circumstances of their existence, it’s extraordinarily life-affirming. So we’re looking forward to seeing some photos from her field trip and the equipment being put through its paces which we’ll post here. Thanks again.

Curran Gardens

Join us for a fundraising dinner in Salt Café on Nov 27

October 24th, 2013

Fundraising Dinner at Salt Café in Nov 27


Please join us for dinner on Nov 27

and help tickle some feathers.

We’re raising funds for two new initiatives: one is a village food project with 165 families in Mphinzi and the other, a demonstration garden at a palliative care centre in Salima.

So please join us for dinner at Salt in Monkstown on Nov 27 at 7pm to discover more about what we’re doing, enjoy some chat, a few diversions and perhaps even a raffle or two. Nothing serious. Except the cause.

Find out more here.

Thanks to Select Stores Dalkey

October 23rd, 2013

Big giant thanks (as ALK might say) to our friends at Select Stores in Dalkey for the garlic they kindly donated for Lucy at Ndi Moyo. She runs a fantastic, challenging palliative care centre, and every thing we do to help her is so appreciated.

17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 17th, 2013

The Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs), are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Governments, international organizations, and civil society groups around the world have helped to cut in half the world’s extreme poverty rate.

  • More girls are in school.
  • Fewer children are dying.
  • The world continues to fight killer diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.

There are less than 1,000 days to accelerate action on issues such as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation, maternal health and gender equality. On 17 October, the world observes the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.


Get involved and join the global conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags: #EndPoverty | #MDGmomentum

We’re on Twitter and Facebook (but we’ve only started)

October 16th, 2013

Tuesday Trust TwitterFacebook

We’re on Twitter now, though we’ve only just started. So not many followers yet, nor tweets indeed: but we’ll get going. We look forward to sharing our stories, pix and general meandering with you.

So we’re on Facebook here.  And if you’re Twitterily inclined, please follow us here: @TheTuesdayTrust.

Good news from Malawi

October 16th, 2013

Get the latest update on Tuesday Trust progress in Malawi from Pindani Mfiti & Chimwemwe Nyirenda  here.


New Project at Mphinzi

October 16th, 2013

img_0006-2thumb.jpgOur newest food project is with the women and their families at Mphinzi Village outside Salima. The Mphinzi project will replace our 5 current groups. The village headman has kindly donated 20 hectares to The Tuesday Trust on the edge of a river called The Linthipe River that feeds into Lake Malawi. Read more about it here.

New Demonstration Garden at Ndi Moyo Palliative Care centre

October 7th, 2013

In January the Tuesday Trust provided support in the form of a volunteer gardener to Ndi Moyo, the palliative care centre set up by Lucy & Tony Finch. Now we are joining forces with Ndi Moyo to develop a demonstration garden intercropping OFSP with medicinal plants, a couple of mango trees and chillies. New land has already been allocated to the project and we’ll bring you more news here.