Follow the story of the N4BW Volunteer Margaret Cleary
Monday 9th January
Recently of the effects of a thunder and lightening storm has on structures and homes in Sitima parish. Some homes made of locally made bricks were blown or washed to the ground . This is the result it had on one of our churches.
a surprise awaits the congregation behind the curtain of ‘The Stable’. The baby Jesus is a teddy bear and is all alone. Even the Frs. Owen and Philip couldn’t resist a smile!!
Travelling in style on Christmas Day
Women dressed for Christmas and enjoying the dancing and music within the church. This is in stark contract to the WFP tent directly outside of the church. However not everyone receive maize from these tents as the area they cover is vast and not all areas are covered. This is why N4BW donate to feed the hungry of Sitima.
The boys posing for their Christmas Day photo shoot
Monday 12th December
From L to R: Fr. Felix, me, Fr Owen and Fr. Charlie
One mango!!!. Because of the drought children's’ main food are mangos.
However eating too many mangos can often lead to diarrhea
Schools boys throwing stones to get the mangos
Thanks to your kind donations some people are now able to access maize. When they do, what you see in the next few slides is the normal procedure. This boy cycles miles or a women walks miles to the mill often carrying a baby on her back and a big bag of maize on her head so that the grain can be ground into flour so the family can eat food other than mangos.
To covert to flour each bucket of maize cost 70 Kwachas which is about 10p. This boy had a bucket and a half so it cost about 12p or 100KW. People walk miles to the mission mill because it is the cheapest often just to save a 1p
A women handed over 100 Kwachas
The staff- Matthias and Dickson first deshell the maize using this machine
This women spends hours sieving the deshelled maize to ensure that all the dirt is removed before it is ground into flour ..perhaps earning only 50p a day
The deshelled maize is placed in the funnel and goes through the pipe into the next room.
Out comes the flour into the customer’s sack
Often this process takes hours. As there is only one machine for grinding ( the other one is broken) people, mostly women wait hours and long queues form during the harvest season (when there is no drought) which starts in March.
Father Owen is renovating this church and it is mostly women that carry out the manual labour. When I arrived a woman (see on the left ) was digging up this cement floor using this big sledge hammer. I tried it but it was soooooo heavy
I am glad I provided a few minutes entertained for these hard working women
The people of Chidule parish are celebrating two years of belonging to Sitima parish where Fr Owen treated them with kindness unlike their last catechist
The chairman of the parish council is welcoming me to their day’s celebration and thanking my organisation (N4BW) for all its good work. The women are dancing and clapping in the background
Trees which are hollowed out, made into drums and covered with goat skin thus producing a beautiful african sound
Even though these people have nothing they still chipped in a few pennies every week in order to present this live goat to Fr Owen for all his kindness he has shown to these people over the last two years. They get so much joy from giving. I am sure he will give some maize to these people bought from your kind donation
Fr.Owen blessing the goat
This is what the maize looks like when it it is cooked.. The favourite food of the Malawians
Its my party
This little boy is knocking down mangos. Perhaps his only source of food during the drought
Also spotted in my back garden!!
I spotted a monitor lizard similar to this in my back garden