20 Jun
  • By Isaac Msiska
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Nurturing leaders who lead by example

“God does not entertain ignorance”, were the words that Vincent Arnold hang on to, and which ultimately became his motto. They were the five words that his pastor told him long before Vincent followed the man’s footsteps. Today, Vincent is a pastor at one of the branches of Malawi Assemblies of God Church in Dowa and he also works as a Librarian for our Bible school. Until now, Vincent still lives by those words and they are what encouraged him to join a Bible school.

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08 Jun
  • By Isaac Msiska
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The beggar who became a professional carpenter

Living in a refugee camp is a tough experience and Butoto Cloncho is one of the numerous displaced people who bear witness to the ordeal. He has passed through what he describes as “an agonizing life” in Dzaleka refugee camp. He arrived in the camp in 2015 from DR Congo, having travelled through Burundi and Tanzania. Butoto had left his family back in DRC and he was literary alone with no relatives to welcome and give him shelter in the new home. He was a total stranger in a strange country and surrounded by new faces that hardly knew him.

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24 May
  • By Maria Chiponde
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Let there be hope

Kiriza remembers one incident when rebels went to his house, killed his father and 2 of his younger brothers. It was the main reason behind his departure from Congo to Malawi. In 2012, Kiriza arrived in Malawi’s Dzaleka refugee camp. Three years later, his mother died. Life in the camp was very difficult – he […]

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03 May
  • By Isaac Msiska
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Earning cash, brick by brick

The year is 2016. Gelevaziyo Benson, a young man in his mid-twenties has just completed his secondary school education and is waiting for the next step. That next step is to study the art of building houses. That is his long-term passion. His uncle is in the building trade and the structures he builds, coupled with the money he makes from the career is Gelevaziyo’s source of inspiration. He wants to emulate the uncle. With this high ambitions in mind, the young man looks forward to a rewarding career, just like his uncle.

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24 Apr
  • By Isaac Msiska
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No longer homeless, no longer hopeless

Dzaleka refugee camp holds close to 40,000 refugees from different countries. The most challenging experience for these people is not only food – which is often provided in rations – but also shelter and a place to stay. Obviously, without a roof above one’s head, life becomes unbearable and one is forced to live as a destitute. Some refugees in the camp have the financial means to build their own houses. But imagine those refugees who are living with a disability and cannot manage to build a house.

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05 Apr
  • By Isaac Msiska
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When she lost her job, tailoring Saved her

She sits quietly behind the manual sewing machine, her skilled hands moving back and forth on the fabric she is working on. She pauses briefly to adjust the needle and thread perched on the machine then her feet go back to pedaling the machine like a cyclist. All her concentration is deeply focused on the beautiful multi-flowered cloth which is slowly taking shape under the long sharp needle of the sewing machine.

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16 Mar
  • By Isaac Msiska
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The Long Road to Success

Every success has a story behind it. It could be an ordinary story, a cheerful tale or a story with a downright emotional background. The tale of Blessings Mpotalinja, a young man aged 25, is intertwined with twists and turns and painful experiences. Blessings is a carpentry graduate of our vocational training programme. He completed […]

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02 Mar
  • By Isaac Msiska
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Making Bricklayers, Saving Livelihoods

Chimwemwe had always harboured ambitions of being a bricklayer. It was his passion, his goal, his dream and he was determined to fulfil the vision. There was one problem though, he had no financial capital to enrol at a vocational training school. His parents could not help either. They are both retired civil servants and [...]
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22 Feb
  • By Isaac Msiska
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A Camera Clicks, a Family Fed

When we paid him a visit one fine Tuesday morning in February, we found him hard in action, working his camera like a filmmaker directing a big budget movie. He was photo'ing two girls, who were giggling excitedly and changing poses as his camera clicked, panned and flashed at them. From a distance, he looked [...]
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14 Feb
  • By Isaac Msiska
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A Nail in the Box of Cash

Evance was once a taxi driver. Although he worked on that job for a decade, he did not enjoy it. For one, the car he was driving was not his, meaning that he was simply making money for someone else while his life remained stagnant. “I wanted to be my own boss, answering to myself [...]
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