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Not trying to Save the World

from a Lucan Newsletter article of 30th Nov 2014 We are just back from six weeks in our home away from home, which Malawi has become after nine years. The temperature drop and culture shock is still scary with all the talk of Christmas, shopping, parties,

Ukani Preschool Foundation

Ukani Preschool Foundation

18th June 2013: Casca was on his bike today, meeting more villagers in Doroba. He writes: MEETING WITH CAREGIVERS G.V.H DIKA MHLANGA IN UKANI PRESCHOOL Casca is writing to inform you about the meeting in Ukani preschool today. The meeting was concerning the caregivers and G.V.H Dika. (Group Village

New Village Preschool

New Village Preschool

13th June 2013: Casca and Florence were busy today as they seem to have visited five remote village communities with new preschool groups. The buildings vary but the enthusiasm remains: the enthusiasm of remote women, with little formal education to have education for their children. This idea has

Chimwemwe Kazando Preschool

Chimwemwe Kazando Preschool

6th June 2013: Casca has responsibility for visiting preschools regularly as part of his many jobs. Today was the turn of Chimwemwe, one of our 29 preschools. Looks like they may need another shot of training for their caregivers. For some reason there is a high turnover of

Play and sing along

Play and sing along

5th June 2013: This is one of the children on the farm at Lusangazi, with a book from the library there. It seems that you press the button, it plays the song, and you sing along. The song chosen was Jingle Bells !!. They all had great fun anyway

Singing in MICA

Singing in MICA

1st June 2013: These are the little ones in MICA preschool singing a few songs

Preschool Mania

Preschool Mania

28th February 2013: This is becoming a real revolution. Women in villages want their kids to go to school. After clean drinking water it is, surprisingly to me, second on their wish list. We train, monitor  and work with local women to be the caregivers. They are

Mercy Primary School Group 1

Mercy Primary School

21 February 2013: Today's picture is from Wexford in the sunny south east of Ireland, where we visited the girls in the Mercy Primary School on St Johns Road. We were welcomed by the secretary, Mr Gateley, the Principal, and Miss McHugh, a long term family friend

A newly formed Preschool

A newly formed Preschool

20th February 2013: Not much but it's a big leap for them! Children in this area of Malawi go to Primary School at the age of 6, like elsewhere in Malawi. But the problem is that by then boys may be doing a full day's work making

School Garden

School Garden

16th January 2013: This is a new project for us. We have employed a horticulturist to teach Women's groups and school students how to grow their own food. Agriculture is part of all school's curriculum, so teachers are delighted to have the practical side taught for

Washing Hands

Washing hands

6th December 2012: Washing hands is a crucial part of the daily ritual at MICA preschool. Miriam is pregnant and suffering morning and daily sickness, so Jen is the Mama, as always. Of course Grace is there as well. They all line up in a row, holding on,

Kazando preschool

Kazando preschool

26th November 2012: This is one of the poorest areas we work in. It's poor as a result of many issues like weakness at traditional leadership level, little formal education of parents, resulting in dire poverty, lack of food, poor health, all of which contribute to

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