Archive for November, 2019


Today is World Children’s Day

November 20th, 2019

World Children’s Day UNICEF

World Children’s Day on Nov 20 is UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children.

This year is extra special as it marks 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – 30 years of child rights that have helped transform children’s lives around the world.

A time to celebrate and a time to demand action. Children are telling us, loud and clear: it is time for every child, to have every right.

On 20 November, kids will stand up for their rights. Here are things you can do.

Making Tea Malawi-style

November 18th, 2019

One of the advanced skills we try to teach is making so-called “tea” fertiliser. But it’s got nothing to do with having a cuppa, it’s called tea because of the colour - it’s actually made with good old-fashioned animal dung. All that’s needed is a big drum with water, a large sack, a stick and sheet of plastic to make the drum airtight. Do it right and in 3 weeks you’ll have potent, organic tea fertiliser in liquid form, though any solids residue can also be spread on the beds. Here’s a drum of the magic juice feeding the irrigation system on our PSG growing plot at Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Clinic in Salima, Malawi.

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Feed for irrigation

Irrigation system

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Ugg earning his wings

November 13th, 2019

Lynn’s dog, Ugg is ready for take-off to recce for elephants to tag on Thuma Forest Reserve.

Ugg ready for take-off

Ellies from the heli

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Tagging Ellies

November 13th, 2019

We caught up with our colleague and friend, Lynn Clifford and the WAG team recently as they tagged abuot 90 elephants in Thuma. Tagging helps them track numbers and also get an insight to habits and behaviours, like whether they’re eating locals’ crops. It’s dangerous but rewarding work for Lynn and her rangers, on very challenging terrain with some fairly hefty specimens.

Lynn and team tagging ellies

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World Pneumonia Day - Nov 12

November 12th, 2019

From Save the Children Malawi: Today is World Pneumonia Day, a day to call to action for stakeholders to urgently reduce pneumonia deaths – making sure that #EveryLastChild has clean air to breathe, nutritious food to eat, and safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

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Save the Children Malawi, World Pneumonia Day