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Nkhata’s Agribusiness Elevated

Nkhata’s Agribusiness Elevated
Old age becomes a problem when one is staying alone and has nothing to rely upon. Most old people die not because it was their time, but sometimes because of the pressure of lack of resources to help them boost their lives. Others died due to hunger. However, whenever an old person has someone to take care of them, it becomes simple because they live their lives to the fullest. In the village of Bwanamakowa, Traditional Authority Mzukuzuku, in Mzimba, there is a 98-years-old man by the name Eliakim Nkhata who is taken care of by his eldest son, Steven, 67 years of age. Though Eliakim stays wi...
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LINKING YOUTH FORUMS WITH COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND TEVET

LINKING YOUTH FORUMS WITH COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND TEVET
In an effort to further enhance employability skills, CRECCOM aims at linking the 36 impact CDSSs that it worked with under Improving Education Quality in Community Day Secondary Schools (IEQ-CDSS) project funded by Mastercard Foundation and Echidna Giving with the TEVET colleges in all the 4 impact districts namely Mulanje, Thyolo, Ntchisi and Chitipa districts.   CRECCOM officers are visiting the community colleges in the impact district and those within the catchment area of the 36 impact schools to brief them on the project objectives and negotiate on collaboration. The proje...
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The archangel who flew higher

The archangel who flew higher
One of the pioneer Mobilisation Corps of Malawi (MCM) volunteers, Archangel Petro, is a man who has also flown from a low pitch to the sky. His story, partly, mirrors that of Chikondi of Madisi in Dowa. Born from Njoka Village in Traditional Authority Dzoole in Dowa, he too lived in an environment that had fewer opportunities. It was not until 2006 that Creative Cente for Community Mobilisation (CRECCOM) launched a Primary School Support Project in the district that he treaded new terrain. He was one of the 15 pioneer volunteers. After the two-week training with CRECCOM, he was posted to Tc...
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Chikondi’s rise to glory

Chikondi’s rise to glory
In the United States of America, the land of the free and land of opportunities, Chikondi Mbewe’s life would be described as a journey from rugs to prosperity. For, that is what happened to the young man from Mdambwe Village, Traditional Authority Chakhadza in Dowa District. Mbewe is the American version of the self-made man, just like Benjamin Franklin himself. Yet, in 2006, he was just like any other community member, except that he had a Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) he obtained in 2005 at Natola Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Madisi, Dowa. He scored 28 points bu...
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Life skills that changed Potiphar

When he joined Creative Centre For Community Mobilisation (CRECCOM)’s Primary School Support Project in 2006 in Dowa District, Potiphar Kamkupa had little life skills needed to get things right in life. Then he just had a Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) as a qualification. By village standards, he was considered educated. Yet, Kamkupa felt a huge hollow inside him. It was a yearning for more knowledge—knowledge in anything that could help him fix minute life’s puzzles. But, the man from Sambani Village in Traditional Authority Dzoole in Dowa did not wait for long because CRECCO...
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Reminiscence of a community role model

Reminiscence of a community role model
Girls in remote settings face a lot of challenges that militate against their quest to pursue their goals. Poverty, domestic work, child marriages and teen pregnancies are all setbacks for a girl child. In addition to the foregoing, some girls simply lack the interest to continue with school due to a lack of role models. This was the case in Mtsilo Cluster in Chimungu Zone in Dowa Central. According to Fanny Chautsi, who worked in the area as a volunteer under Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (CRECCOM), many girls used to drop out of school due to a lack of role models. She say...
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The joys of hard work

The joys of hard work
On June 8 2021 Sarah Chibwe dismissed her Standard Eight students at Bowe Primary School. It was at 1 pm, the time students at senior primary school level leave for home. The teacher, as usual, told them to return at 2 pm for afternoon classes. The students left and came back before time. This time, students in other classes had already left the school premises, but their seniors had come back. At 4 pm, she called it a day and bade the students goodbye. Chibwe, who was among the 15 Mobilisation Corps of Malawi in 2006, said there is a reward in hard work.  “This is what I learned when I...
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This is for teachers

This is for teachers
When he was a student, Chionetsero Msampha thought teachers were just there to teach students how to write and read. Today he says this view was narrow as teachers act as parents and mentors. He says they do not only wish their students the best but also show them a path to success. Msampha, a teacher at Kavumbiri Primary School in Kasungu South, says to be a teacher is to choose to be a servant of children. But the teacher is quick to acknowledge the role of Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (CRECCOM) who inculcated the values that have helped him in his career. It was in 2006 wh...
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For the love of children

For the love of children
Tamara Kwawilira, a primary school teacher at Madisi Primary School in Dowa, says she became a teacher because she loves children. Her passion for teaching, though, is not inborn. She just developed it in 2006 when she joined Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (CRECCOM) as a Mobilisation Corp of Malawi (MCM). Just like others, she was posted to a zone to conduct activities to help improve school infrastructure and mobilise more children to go to school. Kwawilira was posted to Mponela II where she was responsible for Mponela II, Kamwana and Mphimbi primary schools. She recalls that...
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