Archive for ‘Ndi Moyo’


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

ALK

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Patient Support Group Gardening

March 16th, 2018

The overall situation in Malawi is challenging to say the least. Inflation is being driven by a collapsing currency that has fallen in value by 80% in a decade. So every win is amplified.

Our Patient Support Group Garden at Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Trust is flourishing, with a bumper cassava crop right now. We supply their seeds and tools, and have given them 16 weeks of training, with practical growing skills that they can also use at their homes to help feed themselves. We also give them breakfast every Friday. Of course, the Group are all terribly ill, with many suffering from cervical cancer and all are HIV+. The Garden benefits at a community and nutritional. Small steps, big returns at a people level.Patient Support Group, Ndi Moyo

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

Growing Ndi Moyo

October 10th, 2015

The new Clinic at Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Centre in Salima in really coming together under Lucy and & Tony Finch’s careful and caring watch. And just as the building grows, so our new Tuesday Trust Patient Support Garden is taking shape around it too. We’ve built an irrigation system down each side of the extended site, running north south, with easy access standpipes. Meanwhile the team is preparing the ground and planting up furiously. Ndi Moyo - place giving hope - really is an extraordinary oasis of comfort and medical care for the sick and dying in the wide community it selflessly serves. We are delighted to be able to offer it whatever little support we can to help it its vital, uplifting, humane mission.

Lucy at the new clinic

New standpipe

Chancy’s Story: the cruel reach of poverty

February 4th, 2015

We got this moving note from our great friend and supporter, Brendan Cairney, after receiving some very sad news about a little boy called Chancy he had met whilst volunteering with TT in Malawi.

Chancy with Brendan

I’m a bit stumped as to what to say about Chancy.
I left it till today to let it mull over.
I met Chancy with his mother, Fanny, and sister Jacqueline when his mother came for treatment at Ndi Moyo.
Lucy asked me to play with him as they were trying to distract his mother.
Both children were shockingly malnourished.
In hindsight Fanny was mentally exhausted and completely unable to look after either of her children. There was no sign of any husband/father.
She was admitted to Salima general hospital with Jacqueline .
And I couldn’t just do nothing. I went to visit her the next day, and well you know how it is in that hospital.
Everyone’s focus was on Jacqueline as her malnutrition and constant crying grabbed your attention.
Fanny had no idea where Chancy was. Long story short, I eventually found him.
He was at home with his older 12 year old brother. He was filthy. He’d soiled himself and stank.
I stripped him, washed him and dressed him in clean clothes .Fed both of them.
I got involved with Chancy because I just couldn’t leave it.
His mother died a couple of months later. Jacqueline responded well to emergency feeding and thrived.
Chancy unfortunately was  classified as stunted, HIV positive, malaria and no one wanted to take him on.
I suspect he became a better package when Mathias, his wife and I offered to fund his care .
2 years later and the last photo that Peter sent me I didn’t recognise him. Kathryn would fill me in on his progress.
I had asked the gardeners to look out for him and they did.
I got an email from Peter on Monday at lunchtime to say Chancy had been ill for the previous month, was admitted to
hospital on Friday and died on Sunday (January 11th, 2015 ) He had TB. I can only hope that someone was with him when he died.
We tried. We tried for him. We tried because it was the human thing to do.

B

January 15th, 2015. Dublin.

Good Luck to Brendan in Malawi

January 18th, 2014

Our great friend and supporter, gardener Brendan Cairney has generously just gone out to Salima in Malawi for another 2 months to work on the Patient Support Garden Project. It’s an amazing commitment by Brendan and his horticultural expertise will reap extraordinary rewards among the dozens of families involved. This is a life-changing, saving saving contribution. We’re looking forward to getting news back from him and maybe even a snap or two.

Thanks Brendan, travel safe and keep in touch.

A New Year to Celebrate at Tues Trust Demo Garden

January 1st, 2014

Cassava and sweet potatoes are starting to peep through at our Demonstration Garden at Ndi Moyo.  Here are some of the healthy crops kindly taken by Peter Hamlyn, Operations Director at Ndi Moyo on Dec 30, 2013. Now that’s a real cause for New Year celebrations.

Ndi Moyo demonstation garden