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  • Rachel Park

You probably know that we’ve been trying for the past year to get water to our school and community grounds via a borehole. The cost for a borehole to be drilled is £3000 and although we tried our best, this amount was out of our reach after we have paid for teachers, text books, food and all the other costs that come with running a school, community centre, kitchen and gardens.

A new idea was proposed to us by a business that had knowledge in this area, for a much cheaper borehole that could be hand dug. The work started and everyone in the community turned up with shovels in hand. But the realisation soon hit us... this work is too dangerous. The soil was sandy and unstable, the borehole would need to be at least 20ft deep. A community meeting was called and a decision quickly made, putting one single person in harms way goes against everything we stand for as a community. We applied again, unsuccessfully, for more funding to help us get a borehole drill. It was so frustrating.

Clean water which so many of us take for granted, a fundamental human right, and we couldn’t give that to our community. The need for this type of funding is so high in Malawi and we hold no resentment to those that couldn’t approve our grant. Although our children have to walk a mile for water, others have to go much much further.

While we were fighting for access to clean water, the world was fighting to protect one another from the pandemic. The decline in tourism in Malawi has hit everyone hard. There are no more tourist to fill the hotels and lodges along the lake. But with this came a surprising opportunity for us. While the tourist lodge next door to our site was closed for business, they decided to upgrade their water system, laying new pipes across their land. With the water board workers just a hundred metres away from us, we jumped into negotiations to have a tap branching off onto our land. And we got one!

A CLEAN WATER tap now sits right between our community centre and sports grounds.

  • Ilene Ramsay

Malawi Wawi charity has raised public awareness and helped to prevent the spread of Covid 19 among vulnerable Kapeska villagers.

Many rural communities in Malawi’s northern region have very limited access to electricity, so have relied on word of mouth for information about the global pandemic.

Project manager Julius Banda co-ordinated the distribution of 2000 information leaflets and soap packs by volunteers which reached 450 households.

“As well as distributing leaflets, we were able to talk with villagers face to face, explaining in detail the information about covering the mouth when sneezing and coughing,” he said

“We also talked about the importance of frequent and thorough hand washing and gave practical advice about washing masks and maintaining social distance from those living in other households.

“It was good to see how every household received the news with so much interest and got involved in discussions. Some became very emotional after receiving the kits and even valued a kit as blessings from God.”

Currently, in Malawi there are a total of 1,742 confirmed cases and 19 deaths of Coronavirus confirmed in all 28 districts but none, so far, in Kapeska. In a country like Malawi, where only 20 people a day can be tested for the virus and 1 in 10 suffer from HIV, we will never know the true coronavirus death toll.

“I believe we took action at the right time,” said Julius

“Many people had this concept that the virus could only put at risk those with underlying health conditions.

“Others believed Covid 19 to be a women’s and weak men’s disease. These responses show how misinformed villagers were about the virus, so I am certain our work helped to minimise or even keep Coronavirus at bay.

“People die because of lack of knowledge so our volunteers were able to change the mind-set of the people of Kapeska which resulted in saving lives.

“Every time I visit the village, people want to know more about the virus and how to prevent it. Right now, people need buckets to wash their hands after going to work, the shops, after they have been to the toilet or sneezing,” he said.

Help us provide wash stations for our community. A £10 donation will provide 1 wash station. Children will be returning to school and our community cannot afford to stop working. They need to be kept safe. Donate Here.


Today is international youth day! Join us to celebrate the work of all youth changemakers around the World, including our own #malawiwawi.

We’re putting the spotlight on youth engagement in Kapeska. Without our young volunteers, there would be no sports club, homework mentoring and we wouldn’t be able to run our ‘Helping Elders’ days.

The theme of International Youth Day 2020 is “Youth Engagement for Global Action”. Highlighting the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes.

Malawi has a youthful population - 40% of the total population are youth under the age of 15. The youth face diverse challenges, but they also provide incredible solutions (who watched The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind?).

We’ve asked two of our regular youth volunteers - John Jr Manda and Annie M Chirwa - to share with you what they do and why they do it. Joining Malawi Wawi Youth Club, 2 years ago, they have worked successfully to empower the young and vulnerable in our community.

“Our vision is to empower young people within the community. We provide them with a safe educational environment, fostering creativity and sports participation which prepares them for the future of work.

“Those facing financial hardships are given advice on where to find help and support for their educational needs.

“Not only do we help children but also the elderly, by giving out resources such as clothes and soap. Also encouraging a healthy lifestyle by contacting sanitation and hygiene awareness sessions to prevent the spread of diseases within the community,” Said John.

Annie M Chirwa, a student, who is passionate about building a bright future for young people said, “volunteering at Malawi Wawi Youth Club has made me more confident. I help children with lots of different activities in education and sports.

“The centre has become an important part of the community because children can socialise and get help at the same time,” she said.

The most recent successes of our youth volunteer team include coaching our football team and netball teams to successfully win all of their matches! So inspired by the performance of our young athletes and coaches, Malawi national team football players Frank Banda and Ficher Kondowe made a donation to support their transport to and from matches!

After touring the team grounds and watching a match, Frank Banda encouraged our community to continue supporting the Malawi Wawi youth club, saying they "had seen something unique in the playing styles”. Banda said “I am optimistic for the future of these young stars. I believe football can heal many wounds in Malawi”.

Our voluntary youth workers take turns throughout the week to contribute to their community, and what a difference they make. But our work is not done yet. We need your help to continue to empower the youth of Kapeska.

Our sports teams desperately need new jerseys and equipment. Please consider donating to help us purchase these - Donate

Sponsorship - could your organisation sponsor our sports teams? Email Tiwanee at

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