Medical Outreach Mission: #MOM’s the word for community care of the elderly in Lilongwe, Malawi

fullsizeoutput_386d“We don’t have to be rich to help someone out here.  My hope is that more people will be inspired to do the same for their community.”

Josephine Kondowe, Watipa Scholar, Malawi

Malawi has less than one physician for every 54,000 citizens and has a healthcare budget of only $77 per person per year.  The country also faces great challenges in terms of the response to diseases such as HIV, Malaria and tuberculosis, as well as ongoing concerns relating to nutrition and food insecurity.

As the name itself hints, Medical Outreach Mission (MOM) is an organisation that works through the Church to care and provide for people in need, particularly the sick and the elderly.

We reach out to people in their most difficult and challenging times to let them know that they are not alone, and that they are loved. So, it if happens that they are sick and can’t afford some medication, we buy the medication for them. If they don’t have clothes, we gather clothes for them. If they have no food, then we help them with that as well! The help we provide may not be long-term but at least with the little we do we change peoples mind and hearts.

With our actions we tell them that love exists. We know that for us to share the will of God, we don’t have to always carry our bibles, we can simple carry love.

On April 14th, we help our word by reaching out to twelve elderly people at Kauma village in Lilongwe, Malawi. There we gave away vital items such as soap tablets, over a kilogram of sugar, a further kilogram of salt, candles and match sticks. At this initial visit we unfortunately didn’t have enough information on their medical records in order to buy them the medication that they required. However, next time we can proceed on this front too. Some of these elderly people were sick and more generally were living with challenges that come with old age.

It was simply amazing to see how people were moved with the little things we gave them. This then encouraged us – we don’t have to be rich to help someone out here.  My hope is that more people will be inspired to do the same for their community.

Let’s reach out and spread the love. #MOM.

           Josephine Kondowe, Watipa Scholar 2017 and young woman aged 21, Malawi, with editorial support from Sam Mudie

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Meet a team member: Dr Sam Mudie

fullsizeoutput_3862Dr Sam Mudie joined the Watipa team on 1 June 2018. Welcome Sam!

“Working with such a collection of strong, hardworking and brilliant women is a privilege. I was intrigued by the diversity and range of backgrounds of these ladies, all working towards a shared ideology of a better planet, and the right to education for all… I am thrilled to be working with Watipa. The unique model of social enterprise, consulting and provision of education to those less fortunate, is fascinating. I can’t wait to put the skills and knowledge I have built up to great use with Watipa.”

Sam has recently joined the team as the Outreach Officer, where her chief responsibilities are managing the website content, blogs, newsletters and social media pages. Continue reading “Meet a team member: Dr Sam Mudie”

Meet a scholar: Rose Omollo, Kenya

fullsizeoutput_384e“To me the sky is not the limit and I see a bright future ahead of me. I want to be the agent of those changes that I want to see in my community.”

Meet Rose Omollo, a 2016 Watipa scholar, studying Community Health and Development at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, in Kenya. Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Rose Omollo, Kenya”

Meet a team member: Kristen de Graaf

Version 2Kristen de Graaf joined the Watipa team on 1 June 2018. Welcome Kristen!

Kristen joins us part-time as the new Executive Officer at Watipa. She is from Canada and has recently relocated to London. Having started her career as a registered nurse she moved to the public health and development sector and pursued a masters of reproductive and sexual health research to fulfill her passion to link health with policy, research and advocacy. Continue reading “Meet a team member: Kristen de Graaf”

Nothing is impossible! Meet Aisha Nalukenge, Watipa scholar, Uganda

“Nothing is impossible is what I whisper to myself each day.”

Meet Aisha Nalukenge, a 2017 Watipa scholar, studying for Bachelors of Public Administration and Management (BPAM) in Mbale, Uganda. Aisha recently had the opportunity to participate in an entrepreneur training with Balloon Ventures.

My passion and desire to test several ideas each day amazes me. I feel like I have become more of an effectual thinker, and I now look at the world of business in a different positive way.  Continue reading “Nothing is impossible! Meet Aisha Nalukenge, Watipa scholar, Uganda”

Meet a scholar: Comfort Menard Mkalira, Malawi

IMG_20171223_171220Hello my name is Comfort Menard Mkalira from Malawi. I am 22 years old and I am currently studying mining engineering at the University of Malawi, the Polytechnic. As a Malawian citizen I have great hopes for the future, especially, in developing my community as well as my country at large.

Upon completion of my bachelor degree programme at the University of Malawi, I would like to establish an organization in my community called ‘Reach out and Touch’. The aim of this organization will be to encourage the youths, especially girls, to remain in school. Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Comfort Menard Mkalira, Malawi”

International Women’s Day – celebrating initiatives around the world to end gender inequality

IMG_3378According to a recent study by the British Council, gender equality still exists worldwide. To be honest this is something that most people notice – if paying attention with a critical eye – as we walk through life every single day.

Gender inequality exists worldwide, as summarised in the British Council report:

  • In politics, where only 23% of members of parliament are women;
  • In work, where 50% of women compared to 75% of men are in formal work;
  • In pay, where on average women earn 24% less than men;
  • In entrepreneurship, where there are only 10 countries where as many women as men start their own businesses; and
  • In society, where 1 in 3 women experience sex or gender based violence.

Continue reading “International Women’s Day – celebrating initiatives around the world to end gender inequality”

Meet a scholar: Daniel Torach, Uganda

IMG_20160101_073654 “In my country you have to be a job creator and not a job seeker”

My name is Daniel Torach. I am a male Ugandan aged 22 years. I live in a small town called Kyebando, which is a suburb of Kampala. I come from a family of three children and I am the eldest. I am pursuing a Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Installation at an institution in Kampala called YMCA Comprehensive institute.

I have always had a dream of being an electrical engineer because I am so passionate when it comes to electricity. I finally got the chance to pursue studies in electricity thanks to the scholarship, as it gave me a start. Watipa kickstarted my lost hopes into a living testimony – my high hopes of being an electrical engineer started to become a reality. Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Daniel Torach, Uganda”

Driving Gender Equality in Africa Through Education, Technology & Enterprise

Driving Gender Equality in Africa

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL: Driving Gender Equality in Africa Through Education, Technology & Enterprise
When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Murray Edwards College – Buckingham House Lecture Theatre, University of Cambridge, Huntingdon Rd, Cambridge CB3 0DF, UK

The event is free. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Registration takes less than a minute – and spaces are limited. Don’t miss out!

RSVP: https://drivinggenderequalityinafrica.eventbrite.com

Africa Technology Business Network (ATBN) and Watipa with support from Cambridge Social Ventures would like to invite you to join us in Cambridge for an evening of expert discussion, new ideas and networking.

Continue reading “Driving Gender Equality in Africa Through Education, Technology & Enterprise”