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CRECCOM IN NUTRITION AND COVID-19 VACCINATION CAMPAIGN

CRECCOM IN NUTRITION AND COVID-19 VACCINATION CAMPAIGN
A local NGO, Creative Center for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) has partnered with 8 community radio stations around Malawi to ensure that Nutrition and COVID-19 related messages are disseminated to different groups of people in hard-to-reach areas through its CDC Health Services project funded by UNICEF. CRECCOM Program Manager, Linice Sanga said the campaign is due to a lack of knowledge on Nutrition by many mothers and low uptake of the vaccine in most of the hard-to-reach areas in the districts. “Research has shown that 37% of children in Malawi are stunted and only 8% meet minimum die...
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CRECCOM ORIENTS COMMUNITY ON COVID-19, NUTRITION

CRECCOM ORIENTS COMMUNITY ON COVID-19, NUTRITION
Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) has urged Village Nutrition Community Committee (VNCC)  members of Traditional Authority (T/A) Makhuwira in  Chikwawa district on their role in message dissemination on nutrition and COVID-19 vaccine uptake. This has been done through its CDC Health Services project funded by UNICEF which aims at addressing existing gaps in the health systems with an emphasis on Communication for Development and strengthening coordination at the local government level CRECCOM Senior Program Officer, Joseph Chingalu, said that there is a low intak...
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CRECCOM TO LAUNCH ITS 2040 VISION AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN ZOMBA

CRECCOM TO LAUNCH ITS 2040 VISION AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN ZOMBA
A local NGO, Creative Center for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) that has been in existence since 1999 is to launch its 20-year vision. The board chairperson for CRECCOM, Dr. Benjamin Kaneka said that the organization is going to launch its 2040-year vision and Crecomex on 11 November 2021 in Zomba. Kaneka said that the 20 year vision has clearly elaborated how the organization will remain relevant and responsive in the changing world. “There are many emergent issues like COVID-19 that have risen and have affected the way different activities are being implemented in our society,” said Kane...
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WIDOWHOOD IS NEVER A BARRIER

WIDOWHOOD IS NEVER A BARRIER
Martha Chirwa is a 49 years old widow who comes Magwaza village, Traditional Authority Mthwalo in Mzimba district.  Martha’s husband died in 2008 and has been living with her 4 children since then without any other support from anybody. Life became so tough as she was used to receiving from her husband who was working on her behalf. The business the husband left started going down because she did not know how to make calculations and account for the business. She said, “my business deteriorated for I was unaware of how to account for the business; that’s why I was excited of squandering a...
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COME TO ME, I’LL TEACH YOU HOW TO INVEST: THE STORY OF TRYNESS NYIRENDA

COME TO ME, I’LL TEACH YOU HOW TO INVEST: THE STORY OF TRYNESS NYIRENDA
Tryness is a widow whose husband died so many years ago. She stays with her 5 children. She comes from Zigodo village, Traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba district. Due to her widowhood, she was not able to fetch for her children because of rampant poverty that overshadowed her house. She had been struggling hard to find food, clothes, soap, school fees and other items for her children. Some of her children were suffering from malnutrition due to a lack of food supplements in their bodies. She was hoping for rescuers but to no avail. She was the talk of the day and nobody was willing to com...
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NATHAN ZIMBA BUYS A MOTORCYCLE

NATHAN ZIMBA BUYS A MOTORCYCLE
Some habits have potential to stagnate a person in extreme poverty. This manifested in Nathan Zimba’s life who believed in drinking beer on a daily basis. This habit of drinking beer affected Nathan’s marriage to the extent that he divorced twice with his wife, Mary Zimba. Nathan’s beer drinking habit affected his household as he used most of his 12000 Kwacha received from Social Cash Transfer program. Nathan’s family was a laughing stock in Mpandanyali village in area of Tradition Authority Mabulabo in Mzimba district as his five children were wearing tattered clothes and depended on neighbor...
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PAST PROJECT TRANSITIONING A WOMAN HEADED FAMILY

PAST PROJECT TRANSITIONING A WOMAN HEADED FAMILY
Gender-based violence is one of the social ills that most women suffer in a male-dominated district of Mzimba. This was a case in point in the life of Lita Nzima from Moses Nzima village, Ndisani cluster in the area of traditional authority Chindi. In 2010, Lita opted for a divorce after her husband was beating her on daily basis, drinking beer irresponsibly, and married another wife. Lita was left as a single mother responsible to take care of her five children. Life was not easy as Lita was failing sometimes to source food for her children, writing materials and school uniforms for her child...
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CHAVULA FAMILY ENJOYING ANOTHER LIFE

CHAVULA FAMILY ENJOYING ANOTHER LIFE
Possibly one of the youthful beneficiaries of Pathways for Successful Transition (PAST) projects is Jane Chavula, a 32 years old lady from Ndisani village in the area of Traditional Authority Chindi in Mzimba. She is a mother of 4 and takes care of 3 children who are orphans. Life was not easy for her as her husband, Daniel Nzima aged 40 years old was paralyzed from a stroke in 2018. Jane has been single-handedly feeding a family of 8 members. As a result of this sometimes the family could sleep on an empty stomach for days due to food scarcity. In 2015, she was considered on Social Cash Trans...
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PAST PROJECT CHANGES THE LIFE OF JANE CHAMVULA

PAST PROJECT CHANGES THE LIFE OF JANE CHAMVULA
Jane Chamvula is a divorced woman from Zoto village in Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande in Mzimba district. She has three female children. Jane is a beneficiary of an ultra-poor graduation project of Pathways for Successful Transition (PAST). Before the inception of the PAST project, Jane was living a stressful life as a single mother leaving in the countryside all the burden to provide for her children was on her shoulders. “It was difficult to provide food, soap, and even school materials for my children despite being on Social Cash Transfer Program (SCTP). I was not budgeting money ...
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GRACE SIBANDE BENEFITS FROM SBCC MESSAGES

GRACE SIBANDE BENEFITS FROM SBCC MESSAGES
Grace Sibande is a widow from Chaliwa Nkhata village in the area of Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande in Mzimba district. Grace is a widow shouldering the responsibility of looking after her three children. The woman is one of the beneficiaries of the Social Cash Transfer program which qualified her to benefit from the Pathways for Successful Transition (PAST) project. Being a widow, Grace encountered various challenges in her life before the PAST project. “It was very hard for me to get food for my family. My children were going to school without a uniform. They were going to school wi...
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