Village: Sawali Village
1. GOGO TISE KASONGO
Gogo Tise Kasongo lives at Sawali Village in STA Sawali area in Balaka District. She is a woman aged sixty and is a widow. Her husband passed away some time back as he suffered from dysentery. She never remarried to another man since the death of her husband.
Gogo Tise is taking care of three orphans whom both parents passed away due to HIV/AIDS. Out of these three one is a boy aged 20 and is currently doing his second year at Polytechnic who has a privilege of taking loan at the university to be paid in future when he starts working. She claimed that she is the one responsible for finding daily needs for Harry which is not easy. The other remaining two are girls Esther Pongolani aged 14 and Dorothy Pongolani aged 17 and are both in standard six at Chigumula primary school
Gogo Tise Kasongo is experiencing many challenges when taking care of these orphans due to her old age. Her income is from farming which she claimed does not give enough income to undertake all the necessary daily needs and she would love to engage more in farming so that she can sell some of the produce and take care of the children especially with their school needs and food because sometimes these orphans go to school without taking food. Asking her what she would need in order to progress with farming she said she would love to have good hoes for farming, starter pack of seed and fertilizer and she insisted that these are the things she feels can change her life and that of the two orphans. Gogo Msamalira Ana chose Gogo Tise and the two girls to benefit from the project.
2. GOGO LODA MASESEGogo Loda Masese is one of the gogos in Sawali, STA Sawali in Balaka district. She takes care of three orphans whose parents died of AIDS pandemic. The three orphans are: Ladford Mphonda aged 13 and is in standard seven at Sawali primary school. Meria Mphonde is 14 years and doing her form II at Chembera community Day Secondary School. She was born HIV positive and currently she is on ARV treatment. Despite being HIV positive she does well in class through encouragement from the gland mother. She really look health and happy despite her status and poverty.
Gogo Loda Masese asked if she would be given materials for farming so that she can use the produce for farming. This way she claimed can make her take care of the orphans. Gogo Msamalira Ana incorporated Gogo Loda Masese and the two orphans into the project.
GOGO VELINA GATAWO
Gogo Velina Gatawo is a woman of Mpezeni village, Sub traditional, Authority Sawali Balaka district. She is 78 years of age. She looks after four children of whom their father went mad long time ago. Gogo Velina Gatawo who is a widow had no choice but to take care of her grand children.
The family lives in a very old and cracked house. Their daily needs especially food is very difficult to find as they can not afford to buy farm inputs like fertilizer in order to have good harvest. Gogo Velina Gatawo sometimes fails to fetch food for her grand children due to illness and she is also aged.
The grand children fail to go to school because of lack of school materials like exercise books, pencils, clothes and school fees and most of the times they do stay without taking any food. The grand children spend most of their times doing piecework [ganyu] to find money for their living. Due to financial problem and materials to be used in school Febe dropped out from school when she was form1 in order to assist her grand mother looking after her younger sisters. In search of food Febe was forced with some men in the village to have un protected sex with them in order to give her money for food. With an unprotected sex Febe got pregnant.
During the survey in the village of Mpezeni Febe showed interest of going back to school if she can get the support from NGO’S or well wishers so that in future she can assist her grandmother to look after and support the family.
Gogo Velina Gatawo is really aged woman who need support for her survival and her grandchildren who are in poverty. Gogo Msamalira Ana incorporated Gogo Velina Gatawo and Febe who is to be sent back to school into The Project.
GOGO ENFACE MULUMBE
Gogo Enface Mulumbe is a 69 years old and she stays with grand children who among them is a 14 year old Jasten Chelewani whose both parents died of AIDS. Jasten is waiting for standard 8 exams results. For her to find support and basic needs she depends on farming activities like planting maize and she has a vegetable garden. The grand children fail to go to school because of lack of school materials like exercise books, pencils, clothes and school fees and most of the times they do stay without taking any food. The grand children spend most of their times doing piecework [ganyu] to find money for their living.
Gogo Enface Mulumbe asked to be helped especially with utensils for farming or a small amount of money to start business. This way she claimed can make her take care of the orphans. Gogo Msamalira Ana incorporated Gogo Enface Mulumbe and Justin into the project.
Village: Mthumba Village
GOGO OLIVIA CHISUNDIZA
Gogo Olivia Chisundiza hails from Mnthumba Village, STA Sawali in Balaka District. Born in the Year 1942, the 68 year old grandmother is struggling to fetch the basic necessities not only for herself, but also for her four orphaned grandchildren whose parents died of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Olivia is a widow. She lost her husband many years ago. Though not employed, she works very hard and makes sure the family doesn’t starve.
Precious Chikopa is one of the orphans living with gogo Olivia. Being the oldest, he makes sure that he works hand in hand with his grandmother in handling household chores as his grandmother is out for farming. During weekends, Precious goes into the bush to hunt for birds so that they can at least find something to eat. If they do not do this, they only eat once. Precious has one special thing, he is very intelligent. And even in school, he is one of the best outstanding students in his class. He works so hard and is always on position one. He never misses his homework and makes sure everything supposed to be done is done in its right time. Olivia witnessed this by showing us his school reports.
Being a poor widow grandmother, who earns a living from small farming, cannot afford to send him to after primary education because she already has difficulties in taking care of him now. Olivia doesn’t know how to help her only hope, PRECIOUS. Gogo Msamalira Ana incorporated Gogo Olivia Chisundiza and Precious into the project.
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