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Field trip “Back to Eden”

January 17th, 2019

We took the Patient Support Group from Ndi Moyo clinic on a day out to “Back to Eden”, an all-organic garden outside Salima. Wholly owned and run by Malawians, they had lots of valuable tips and advice to grow organically and make the best use of local resources. The land here is poor between the extremes of the climate and generations unable to care for the soil. At Eden, they’re growing mango, guava, lemons, rice, vegetables and a vast array of herbs.. turmeric, lemon grass, ginger, hibachis.

There were 12 of us rammed into the old Land Rover (health and safety rules not a big concern TBH)… lots of chat and fun. They were intrigued and fascinated. And we got a couple of fantastic recipes to make organic fertiliser using animal manure in 21 days and also to protect stored maize from weevils. That’s gold in these parts.

PSG field trip to Eden

PSG learning at Eden

Organic growing at Back to Eden garden

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New Year Party at Ndi Moyo

January 16th, 2019

New Year was celebrated late (at least by Western measure) at Ndi Moyo Palliative Care centre in Salima. People who are HIV+ are at a higher risk of all types of cancer. The great majority of patients suffering from it and other potentially terminal illnesses present at the clinic very late, often in severe pain. There is no government funding in Malawi for palliative care. National morphine supplies are erratic, despite financial provision from the Global Fund. Ndi Moyo was founded by Lucy Finch as a response to this very great unmet need for palliative care. Her approach is holistic in the true sense of the word, embracing medicine, wellbeing, natural healing and plain old-fashioned generosity of spirit. The NY party for patients reflects this wonderful humanitarian approach, and is one the reasons we provide some small support to help. It was great to be here for it and needless to say - this is Malawi - it wasn’t long before the chairs were pushed back and the dancing started: the craic was mighty.

NY get-together at Ndi Moyo

Lucy and Nurse Nesta

Chicken on the grill
Nsima prep

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Boots on the Ground

January 10th, 2019

Small things can make a big difference in Malawi. Like new work boots for some Tuesday Trust gardeners who help the PSG at Ndi Moyo. But even here, the underlying difficulties and challenges faced by the locals, for whom food shortages are a way of life, is hinted at by their boot sizes, with two of the gardeners just taking 7s. Still the smiles tell a story: every little helps.

Gardeners with new work boots

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Season’s Greetings from Malawi

December 22nd, 2018

What a lovely and motivating message to get from our great friend and TT supporter on the ground in Malawi, Lynn Clifford of WAG.

Dear TT
Just a quick note to wish you all a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Tuesday Trust has been partnering with WAG now for some years and I
have to thank you for all your support.
The projects we have been supporting have at times produced amazing
results and at other times have been extremely disappointing. However,
I think it is important to keep in mind that the situation here is
desperate, and in most cases its the cultural side which pulls down
the roof, so to say.
Child Education and woman empowerment are key, as these are the most
vulnerable of our society, and TT are doing great things on the
education front.
WAG in 2019 will be revising our education projects, in an attempt to
activate young people though video and more particle ways. More to
come on that.
The gardens have already been prepared and planted. This year we have
been more strict with very clear guidelines about garden size, fencing
planting etc. All schools have personally told me they love this
project and have made many mistakes and this year we will see many
changes. Let’s see.
The clinic has planted with the rains and already the soya and ground
nuts have germinated and the garden looks alive.
Tuesday Trust should remember you are giving hope in a country were
there is little hope. For this I thank you for your continued support
to Malawi. Please never forget you do make a difference. For this we
are grateful.
Wishing you all a fab Christmas.
Hugs and Thanks a million

Lynn and ALK en route to Malawi

Thanks for Raffle Prizes

October 19th, 2018

We were so lucky to have been given a number of fab prizes for our School Dinner Raffle. We’d like to thank everyone who supported us so generously, including:

Kite Surfing - 3-hour kite surfing session/lesson
Thank you Francoise Colussi, PureMagic, Achill/Clontarf

One whole Achill Lamb - sourced from flocks grazing heather hills and seaweed shores
Thank you Grainne Calvey, Calvey’s Achill Mountain Lamb

Private Tour of Dublin Castle for up to 35 people
Thank you to Rosemary Collier and Fergal Martin at the OPW

Private tour of Farmleigh House and Estate (Ireland’s State Guest House) for up to 20 people
Thank you to Rosemary Collier and Fergal Martin at the OPW

Pilates Classes with Eva in her beautiful studio
Thank you to Eva Berg, The Secret Pilates Studio, Rathmichael

Vintage Tea Tour on board a Vintage Routemaster
Thank you to Karen Nixon

Free Range Organic Turkey
Thank you to Peter & David Caviston, Caviston’s Food Emporium, Glasthule

Luxury Shu Uemura hamper
Thank you to Georgina McEvoy

2 Fine Bottles of Wine
Thank you to Gerard Maguire, 64 Wine, Glasthule. 

Thanks also to a number of donors who strictly wished to stay anonymous.

READING THE SIGNS by Gary Jermyn

October 18th, 2018

A long-time friend and supporter, Gary wrote this poem inspired by his visit to Uganda back in 2011. He kindly recited it at our recent fundraising School Dinner.

READING THE SIGNS

when I close my eyes I see the rusty red railway-crossing sign
a red X with “RAILWAY CROSSING” in white lettering
though no train runs here now
and the line is overgrown

beyond the sign a red dirt road climbs to a hill
and a young boy walks towards me
gracefully balancing a yellow plastic container
on his head -
something I could never do -
brown cow watches him from behind a bush
goats graze nearby

somewhere else in Africa
Moshe in Tanzania I think
there is another sign
on the edge of the town
at a busy roundabout
“WATER IS LIFE”

and in this moment
life for this boy is bringing the water
down the hill
to home

near to me now
a woman rises from the field of cotton
a baby half-hidden on her back
she calls to the boy with the water –
words I do not understand -
and they smile and wave to each other across the ditch

in the sky there are birds flying
and though they are not
I think of them as magpies
scattering black and white
against the blue

there are two of them
two magpies
“TWO FOR JOY”

(c) Gary Jermyn 4 April 2011

Download here: Reading the Signs

The 10 Most Important Facts About Education in Malawi

October 15th, 2018

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Malawi has been ranked as one of the lowest-performing nations for literacy in sub-Saharan Africa. Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world and education is proven as one of the critical pathways to improving living conditions in the country. Here are 10 facts regarding education in Malawi:

Experts believe that education is the driving force to alleviating poverty in Malawi and that it can help the country move toward development. With greater government involvement and international organisations supporting the nation, education in Malawi has the potential to improve in coming years.

Hunger Stunts Learning

September 26th, 2018

The impact of hunger on education systems is gravely underreported. Being severely malnourished, to the point it impacts on brain development, can be the same as losing four grades of schooling. Around 171 million children in developing countries are stunted by hunger by the time they reach age 5. Stunting can affect a child’s cognitive abilities as well as their focus and concentration in school. As a result, stunted children are 19% less likely to be able to read by age eight. Conversely, good nutrition can be crucial preparation for good learning.

Our Schools Growing initiative teaches children about how to grow their own food and supports and encourages them growing vegetable gardens at their schools. TT’s project support assistant, Aubrey with a school groupPreparing lunch at school

Feed Hungry Minds School Dinner

August 10th, 2018

The Tuesday Trust is holding its almost annual fundraising night in Hartley’s in Dún Laoghaire on Wednesday, Oct 17 with our School Dinner.

We’re raising money to support our food growing and self-sustenance initiatives in Malawi, in particular our Schools Growing programme. It teaches children how to grow their own food, supports vegetable growing gardens in their schools, with a competition to add some fun to what is virtually a life and death struggle for many.

It’s hard to learn when you’re starving. So we hope to keep kids in education longer, particularly girls who are more inclined to have their schooling curtailed. Please email us here if you’d like to feed some hungry minds. And have some fun while you’re doing it or to get involved in any way. Many thanks.
Tickets are €100.

You can pay on the night by cash, cheque or card.School Dinner Hartleys Oct 17

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The Passing of a Dear Friend

April 23rd, 2018

A dear friend to us, Eva, died on Friday, April 13th 2018. We were Malawi friends. She was tiny, tiny, fierce and funny with an eye for a colourful dress. She also had the eye of a tiger on a mission.. taking care of all her grandchildren.Tough going in the relentlessness grind of poverty… Working as a General Assistant in Ndi Moyo Clinic was very important to Eva. She loved them. They loved her. They were all family.

I never saw her cry, I never heard her shout. Is this the way God made Malawian women or was it just her?

I only went to her house once. To bring her deceased baby granddaughter back home to be buried.

I saw her two weeks ago. Frail and tired but beautiful and still laughing.

I will miss her every time I go back to Ndi Moyo. I miss her now. We will all miss her.

Eva RIP

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