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Caring for the Next Generation in Malawi

by Stephanie Chunoo

Alinafe didn’t know what to do. Her sister, who had just given birth to her seventh child, had died. Now the child’s guardian, Alinafe’s grief was compounded with worry about affording formula to keep her newborn niece healthy. She knew others in her community who had lost children due to hunger. Then, Alinafe heard about […]

New Technique, New Hope

by Stephanie Chunoo

To 33-year-old Memory Nthakomwa, a young farmer from the Mwakifwamba village in Malawi, it seemed like the upcoming farming season would be difficult like the rest. She had witnessed what climate change had done to last year’s crops—with consistent dry spells and floods, crop production had drastically decreased, yielding very little. Memory knew something had […]

Veronica’s Return

by Stephanie Chunoo

Veronica, a bright 15-year-old student who lives in Mangwani Village in Malawi loves going to school.  She loves waking up to the warm Malawian sun in the mornings, pulling on her cornflower blue school uniform, and hurrying toward a day full of learning and connecting with her friends.   When Veronica discovered that she was […]

Every Youth Empowered

by Stephanie Chunoo

Malawi’s Mzimba District faces many challenges. School dropout rates are high. Teenage pregnancy is on the rise. More women are experiencing gender-based violence, and there is a lack of correct knowledge about HIV transmission and prevention. The Every Girl Empowered project, supported by PWS&D’s local partner Livingstonia Synod AIDS Programme (LISAP), was created to address […]

Vital Programs Continue in Malawi During COVID-19

by Stephanie Chunoo

A circle of benches sits outside in a community in northern Malawi. Not far away, wooden seats surround a local school. Over the past three decades, thousands of women, men and children affected by HIV and AIDS have accessed holistic support to have healthier, more abundant lives—right in their own communities­. While the din in […]

Maternal Health Today and Tomorrow

by Stephanie Chunoo

Ainafe Gordon knew things would be different with her most recent pregnancy. For several years, volunteers in her community had been travelling from home to home, sharing important information for new and expecting mothers. This was the 30-year-old’s third pregnancy and while nothing had gone wrong with the first two, she knew things could have […]

From a Global Challenge, a New Start

by Stephanie Chunoo

By Guy Smagghe, PWS&D Director There is so much turbulence in our world and so much uncertainty. By the time you read this, much will have changed again. Our global community is facing a common challenge and has been forced to take unprecedented measures to protect people’s lives. As with most sudden onset disasters, the world’s […]

Making a Difference in Malawi

by Stephanie Chunoo

By John Bannerman, minister at Chalmers PC in London, Ont. and PWS&D committee member I’m writing this just over a month after returning from a PWS&D monitoring trip to Malawi and yet it seems like so long ago now, as we deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. I worry that the coronavirus will […]

After Cyclone Idai, Effie’s Determination Improves Sanitation

by Stephanie Chunoo

Effie Chiwale was willing to do whatever she could to rebuild the latrine that had been washed out by Cyclone Idai. One year ago, the heavy rainfalls of Cyclone Idai left a trail of destruction in many communities in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In Mulanje, beyond levelled houses, schools and businesses, the collapse of 4,000 […]

Cyclone Idai: One Year Later

by Stephanie Chunoo

“The water was everywhere, it was above knee-high, and it stayed for one week,” remembered Margaret Chidothi, as the one-year anniversary of Cyclone Idai approaches. During the deadly storm, Margaret and her family of six lost their home and entire livelihood. The cyclone washed away her maize, pigeon peas and sorghum just a month before […]