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Releasing True Girl Power

December 9th, 2019

Investing in Girls’ Education - a report

This World Bank report is a year old, but the lessons are still the same. Keeping girls in school brings benefits far beyond the intrinsic value of education.

- In Malawi, nearly four in 10 girls marry before the age of 18, and three in 10 girls have their first child before the age of 18.

- Early marriage and childbearing before age 18 and the resultant population growth are negatively impacting Malawi’s development

- Ending child marriage could generate half a billion dollars annually for Malawi in the next decade

Educating girls, ending child marriage, and preventing early childbearing are all essential to ensure that girls have agency, not only as future wives and mothers, but also as productive citizens in a wide range of roles. These are also enablers for countries to achieve their full development potential, which requires the full participation of all citizens to the degree to which they are capable. This is why the Tuesday Trust has always had a particular focus on trying to encourage and support girls in rural Malawi to stay in education as long as they possibly can. It’s empowering and game-changing.

World Bank Malawi Economic Monitor

The full report can be downloaded here from the Malawi Economic Monitor (MEM) which provides an analysis of economic and structural development issues in Malawi.

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.

World Pneumonia Day
Save the Children Malawi, World Pneumonia Day

Happy Mother’s Day Malawi

October 15th, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day to all Malawian Mums. And indeed, mums everywhere.

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The date - Oct 15 - seems to have been chosen because it coincides with World Rural Women’s Day, also called the “International Day of Rural Women”, a day dedicating to honouring the efforts of rural mothers to provide for their families and fight poverty. This makes sense since Malawi is a relatively poor and rural nation and one that has high regard for the role of women and mothers in their culture and society.

The modern version of Mother’s Day arose in the early 1900’s through the efforts of Julia Ward Howe and Anna M. Jarvis and others. But the idea of having a special day to honour mothers goes back to ancient times and existed in many different cultures.

In Malawi, Mother’s Day is a time to show love to your mother and remember all that she has done for you in life. It is also a time to celebrate the crucial role of mothers in the family and nation in general. And it is a time when people give gifts to their mothers, and when the president of Malawi will give a special speech to honour the mothers of his land.

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WFP Malawi and USDA Building Schools

October 1st, 2019

This is the sort of positive initiative from WFP that gives Malawi a long term chance. Education really is the key if Malawians are to have hope.

United Nations World Food Programme in Malawi is providing schoolmeals in primary schools and building secondary schools in rural areas to give these children a chance to continue their education. In association with USDA.

See video here.

WFP Malawi programme

Hyena A & E

July 23rd, 2019

The mission for Lynn Clifford’s WAG rangers is as wide-ranging as Thuma Nature Reserve itself. Here her team has to look after a hyena that’s injured itself falling into a trap. The patient made a complete recovery.

WAG Rangers rescue hyena

ALK on the Schools Run

May 9th, 2019

ALK on the Schools Run

The redoubtable Anne-Louise Kelly was back in Malawi last month checking in on the schools in our Food Growing Project with WAG. Despite all their travails, their daily struggles against poverty and hunger, the children were as upbeat as ever. Humanity burns strongly in these kids who deserve the chance for a better life. Here are some great smiles from Kambiri, Namachete and Kavunguti schools.

TT/WAG Schools Project

TT/WAG Schools Project

TT/WAG Schools Project