Orphans and other Vulnerable children and child protection
Malawian children call upon society to see their abilities
6 June 2013 - ‘Disability is not inability’ chanted 18 year old Mercy Phiri, one of the co-presenters of the Malawi launch of UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Report 2013. Mercy, who is blind, was one of the stars of the show.
Healing deep emotional wounds with play therapy
Soon after both her parents died, eleven-year old Joyce was raped so violently that she could not walk for two years and had to undergo four operations.
How to deal with domestic violence: the 'dilemma' for poor women
When Ellen, who is eight months pregnant, returned home after visiting her mother, she was shocked to find her husband had abandoned her, taking most of their belongings with him.
Getting ready for school and life
At the Chimteka childcare centre in Mchinji, a small town on Malawi's western border with Zambia, a group of young children shriek as they play on slides and swings and kick a ball in the spacious grounds.
Reforming the Child Justice System in Malawi
Perched on a hill overlooking a swathe of trees and bushes, the building looks obscure, its mundane appearance concealing the important work that goes on here every morning. The Blantyre Child Justice Court was established in 2005 ...
A community-based programme reaches out to orphans
For her age, Dinah Chalamila has seen more misery than any 14 year-old should ever have to endure. She lost her mother in 2005, probably due to AIDS but she can’t be sure. Her father remarried soon after.
Malawi pioneers community-based Early Child Development
The nondescript building could pass for any other except on Saturday mornings, when it is transformed into a beehive of activity by children. The children sing “Let Us Be Glad and Dance’, their voices reaching a delightful crescendo ....
Innovative Programme Rehabilitates Child Offenders in Malawi
Bewildered and barely able to speak, sixteen year-old Anne Chinula stood trembling in the dock, accused under Malawi’s penal code of assaulting a police officer and facing seven years in jail ‘with hard labour’.
How One Woman is Bringing Justice to Children in Malawi
For Esmie Tembenu, presiding over a child court is more of a personal crusade than a professional calling. She has thrown her life and energies into ensuring that child victims of abuse get the justice they deserve.
Head of family at 13
Lilongwe, 22 November 2007 - Gaelle Sevenier
Orphans and vulnerable children: story of a respected brother
Lilongwe, 17 October 2007 – Gaelle Sevenier