Welcome to the blog page of the Mzuzu Crisis Nursery, where you can keep up-to-date on happenings at the nursery, news about the babies and staff, and more!
Today, 7 October, we just received our newest infant. Her name is Asha, and she is 5 months old. Please pray for this newest addition to the Mzuzu Crisis Nursery family!
What happened that the girl should be found in the hands of the Nursery? The mother of the child neglected her in the courtroom before the magistrate after she was not satsified with the verdict. Doing this, the mother committed an offence called contempt of court. Because of the offence the mother was locked in. She refused to breastfeed the child and the baby just cried while the mother was refusing her food in handcuffs.
The family have three daughters and the father doesn't accept being responsible for the third born daughter who is Asha. The father thinks that it is a different man who did the work in his absence. And indeed, the father has never supported the wife during and after her pregnancy due to the reason mentioned. The wife dragged the father to court and while there the court ruled in favour of the father after the mother had not gathered enough evidence to prove that the husband is the one who did it. With the verdict, it angered the mother in courtroom hence leaving the baby in the room in protest of the judgement. This is what had led Asha to be here. The mother is in cell to answer charges of contempt of court and neglecting her child.
The husband was present and he still denies the responsibility. Ironically the father and Asha look alike. God have mercy.
My name is Augustine Hope and regarding my age, no one knows about it. My infomation about where I come from, my mum, dad, relatives, tribe and etc is very limited. Why it is like this by saying that I am safe? I was abandoned by my mother at Ekwenden north of Mzuzu but the reason of dumping me is not yet known. Just imagine a mother abandoning me at the age where I do walk and run, call mama, dada, can't she feel pity why she did this to a handsome boy like me? Why did she raise me up from my tender age up to this far and then decide to treat me like a turned wild cat? I don't understand at all even the sympathisers also don't understand why. Could I imagine that I was a burden to her? But why did my father not come to my rescue? My head is full of questions but answers aren't there. I wans't thrown in a pit latrine or somewhere nasty but I was just left alone at the trading centre at night where my protection or security was compromised. I was just crying for a help when the person I used to call my mother just left me alone without any remorse.
Someone came after some time who heard my cry, and that good samaritan came to my rescue and took me to the nearest Police. He was a good man, he carried me carefully and showed me love on the way to Police. This man found me naked with completely no clothes covering my body. The Police welcomed me and temporary they took good care of me as they were looking for a place where I could stay for care and protection. Some good people after they heard about my situation started coming in to give some foods and clothes and others were just interested to see me. I played around with police people as they were my only good friends then. The Social Welfare officers came with a crew from Mzuzu Crisis Nursery to take me to Mzuzu to be cared for by Mzuzu Crisis Nursery. I was very happy when I was told though it was difficult to leave my friends, police officers, behind.
Though their faces were strange I trusted them. I said bye to my friends and we left for Mzuzu. They brought me to Crisis nursery where I was amazed to see my fellow children in a very good environment suitable for children. They were all happy, healthy, strong and smart. I was glad to be taken to this place and I started liking it. I was given a special nanny to care for me and she is still with me though they do change one another. The place is just so awesome and a christian home. As I am here, I have been told that I will go on fostering and then get adopted but I don't know the family yet. I came weighing 9.01 kg.
I was abandoned on August 17, 2013 in the early hours and I was brought to Nursery on the same date around noon hours. I am happy here and enjoying my time as I am being developed physically and psychologically.
Everyone ought to love children because they inspire you, challenge your life and above all fill your life with love, joy and pure satisfaction. They are a source of happiness and they make you smile even in the darkest hour of your life. They are a bundle of joy and a source of inspiration.
There are part of the feelings we have had for 12 months Janet Mhango has been part of the Mzuzu Crisis Nursery. Indeed her life has inspired us as she grew into a beautiful toddler. It brings joy to see Janet looking happy and healthy as she reunites with her family after being in the care of the Nursery for twelve months. It's at the Nursery where she was brought up from her infancy to toddler in love and joy and above all in the fear of the Lord.
Though her grandmother seemed reluctant to have Janet at first because she was doubting herself if she would manage to care for her later she accepted due to her sweet nature and loving spirit. Everyone was happy to have the cute girl back home and they promised to take a good care of the girl with much love. Her grandmother's house is clean, strongly built with electricity and clean and safe water from the tap and close to the health clinic which ensured us that the girl would not have difficulties in adapting to the new environment.
Janet was born March 8, 2012 and came to the Nursery on June 23, 2012. She was an average baby and weighed 3.9kg on admission as she was born weighing 3.5kg and was 13.3kg when she was discharged. She had just lost her loved mother due to long illness. She was left in the care of her old grammy who was unable to care for her in her crisis period. The situation faced at the home made Janet being cared for at the Nursery for care, support and protection. She is the only child to her mother and the 5th grandchild to her grammy. She was discharged on June 27, 2013 while in good health. She was able to walk, say some words like dada, byee and etc, she would climb on objects and could do other good things. She is a wonderful child and liked to laugh, play with her friends, cuddle the small babies and enjoying playing with toys. She is a very healthy, strong child and attained all her milestones well.
She made us laugh, smile and playful but now she would be missed. As much as we loved her, she has to unite with her family and grow in her family's way. She is an intelligent girl and we hope her grammy will encourage her to utilise her wisdom and send her to school.
We thank God for the life of Janet, for her good health, sense of good humour and for all the blessings we have received through her. May He continue to raise her in optimal health as she adapts to life with her family.
Our names are Lusungu (Mercy) and Mwawi (Lucky) Mzale identical twin boys born on June 19, 2013 at Mzimba District Hospital with birth weight of 2.06kg and 2.05 kg respectively. Mum was accompanied by her close friend from the village to the hospital.
There were some complications during labor and delivery hence we were born through caesarian section. Fortunately though, we were born preterm, healthy and very strong. Everyone was happy to welcome us into the world. The day was filled with joy and hope.
The joy was short-lived as the next day my mother's health started deteriorating. Her stomach started to get swollen around the incision area. We were then referred to Mzuzu Central Hospital for advanced care. Upon our arrival, the hospital employees on duty welcomed us well and mum was sent direct to theatre to find out what was causing her stomach to get swollen. We waited patiently for her arrival and after some time, she was brought back to be with us. We were very happy to be with her though we noticed that she was weak. The doctor said she needed blood transfusion. We were sad to see mum suffer a lot for us but God had a plan for her. Few hours later, our dear mum passed away leaving us motherless. It was time of sorrow and shock as we didn't expect to lose mum at this point. May her soul rest in peace.
We were very sad to have lost our loved mum. Few hours of motherly love were gone and we were motherless. We had no hope for the future as we had no one back home to take care of us. Our dad was very unhappy too as he couldn't afford the cost of raising us up as little as we are. He left us in the care of our aunt and mum's close friend while he went to the village to bury our mother. Our mother has gone but God had a plan for us. Friends and well wishers started to look for a place where we could stay for care, support and protection. Social Welfare Office was informed of our situation and they asked Mzuzu Crisis Nursery for our space. Though there was only one room for one baby, they saw our need and took us in with joy, love and happiness. Our hope was restored immediately.
The Nursery employees and DSWO official came to our aunt's place on June 26, 2013 to rescue us. They dressed us up and took us to the Nursery where we were warmly welcomed. We are well cared for and loved at the centre here. Everyone is happy to have us here. There are now three pairs of twins at centre including us. The other two are all happy and healthy. We have all that hope that we will grow up healthy and strong. May God bless everyone here and help us and all the children here to grow into beautiful and handsome toddlers so that we may unite with our dad and siblings at home. Thank you Jesus.
by Gertrude Nyirenda.
My name is Gertrude Nyirenda and I come from Mzuzu City. I have been volunteering at Mzuzu Crisis Nursery for eight weeks now. I started on May 7th, 2013 and I have experienced the most wonderful two months of my life ever.
I'm a nurse by profession and wrote my licensure examinations in April 2013. I'm currently waiting for the results and working posting. I knew my licensure exam results would take long and decided to do something. Babies came into my mind but then I had to answer the question how? And where? One of my friends introduced me to Mzuzu Crisis Nursery. She had paid a visit a year before and told me a location. I went to the Nursery on May 6, 2013 where I was warmly welcomed by the Director and the caregivers. I saw the beautiful and happy babies and the decision to start the next day was made. That's how my journey started.
I don't regret a second since I have been at the Nursery and would not trade that time for anything in the world. The hugs I get every morning from the babies and the smiles and satisfied looks at the end of each day, brightens my life. Everyone at the Nursery is really great with the babies, and they (babies) receive as much love as they can get each day from these great people (employees).
I don't have enough words to express what the employees of Mzuzu Crisis Nursery are doing in the lives of these children. The hope in the faces of the hopeless guardians and the smiles, laughter and joy to the parents as they receive their healthy and all grown up children back home during discharge is a million blessing. May God abundantly bless the employees of the centre for what they do and may He increase the number of their living years so that they may continue to give hope to the souls which God has loved to keep and care. I'm proud to be associated with the centre and be part of implementing their cause.
It's something to smile about seeing Levison Banda arriving home in a healthy and happy condition. Indeed the boy is home now reunited with his relatives. The relatives were very excited to welcome him home. The boy was in the care of the Mzuzu Crisis Nursery for 16 months. During this period, the boy was given the best required attention he deserves be it medical, nutritional and above all the love of God was shown to him as well.
He had some health problems he came with from home such as a big wound around his head. While at the Nursery, he had skin problems (rashes) and he was very slow to grow in his early days. But all these problems were well managed through good team work that exists at the centre. Everyone worked tirelessly in order to make the boy happy and healthy. In the end, we achieved it and the boy started responding well to all the attention were rendered to him. Prayer was not forgotten in alleviating his health problems.
The relatives and guardians were very happy and thanked God that the boy was now finally at home to be with them. In his early stage, the relatives seemed to have lost hope that the boy would survive but now their hopeless hearts were refilled with joy, praises and thanks to God. There was ululation, dancing and voices of happiness the day the boy arrived home. The chicken was slaughtered for the feast! The whole village stormed to the house just to witness the arrival of the boy and to celebrate together with the family members. They love the child and they were happy to welcome him home. We have that trust that the boy would be well taken care of by his relatives. The home is clean and everyone in the family is healthy and happy. We are assured that he is in the safe hands of his relatives who have love for him from both maternal and paternal side.
Levison was discharged on June 14, 2013 in a good and impressive health status. He weighed 10.6kg. He was walking and able to say Dada, sharp and byee. The boy was very happy and wonderful. He made the Nursery warm but now he will be missed . His fellow children also miss his company. He liked playing together with his friends and toys. He also likes exploring for new things and hope he will continue doing that.
He was born on January 19, 2012 and came to the Nursery on January 21, 2012. He lost his mother soon after he was born. He weighed 3.5kg the first time we got him and he was small. The relatives struggled to support him hence he ended up being cared for by the Nursery. He is the only child in his late loved mother who died very young.
Praise to God that the child is healthy, strong and happy and that he is with the family now.
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
God is always good and He will not let us down. He is the provider and sustainer of our lives. Whether rich or poor He cares for us and His love is unlimited and is for all. Even children are so precous in the eyes of our creator. He loves them so much that He works through men to provide for the needs of the children.
The Crisis Nursery in Mzuzu is caring for the needy children with much love from God. We work with joy!
These days, people have started showing interest to support the children at the Nursery. It is so amazing to see that even those who have never been approached, are coming to assist. Just recently, a certain woman was moved and brought to the Nursery a washing machine that has never been used before. She was never approached but she just decided to donate the washing machine to the Nursery. She thought of cloth nappies, clothes and beddings require to be washed now and again and that was an ideal thing to do for the Nursery. The woman is a widow and has the heart for the orphaned and vulnerable children. We were very happy and excited to receive the precious gift. We thanked the woman for her generosity. The lady lives in Mzuzu city.The machine has been valued at US$250.
Let's get united in improving the wellfare of less priviledged children in our country Malawi. It is everyones responsibility to taking part in supporting the orphaned vulnerable children. Ministry of Hope through Mzuzu Crisis Nursery is already implementing its programs in the North to bring hope to the hopeless children most especially the infants. The main donors of this cause are mostly Americans but it is high time now that Malawians should get more involved in the cause than our good friends in America. It is our collective responsibility to care, support and protect the children. Recently, we have witnessed a number of local people/groups coming to the Nursery with their precious gifts for the babies. It has been an overwhelming response.
On June 1, 2013 the Nursery was blessed to welcome the group from Katoto Section under St. Andrews CCAP church in Mzuzu. The group was only comprised of the deacons/elders and women guilds. The group brought with them numerous gifts which were very important to improve the lives of the babies and the operations of the Center.
The items included sugar, soap, fruits, platic pants, cloth diapers, toilet tissues, potatotes, lactogen (baby formula), clothes, likuni flour for porridge and many more. The total cost of the items was MK83,500.00 (US$260).
Presenting the items, Mr. Chaura, the chairman of the group, said the gesture was to show love and care for the chidren residing at the Nursery. He said that christians are not only oblidged to provide the spiritual needs of the society but also to assist improve the wellbeing of the less privileged in the society like vulnerable children. The group is aiming at reaching out to vulnerable children to bring joy and smile to their faces. He urged other stakeholders to visit the Nursery and support the children of this country.
The Nursery thanked the group for their kind gesture that brought smile and joy to the faces of the children and employees. It is encouraging to note that even local people/groups are now coming forthwith to support the noble work of the Nursery in order to give glory back to God. The Nursery asked the group not to forget praying for the Nursery and its children including the staff members. They were assured as well that the items would be used according to the intended purposes in order to benefit the children.
My name is Memory Kayira (girl) and I was born on 26 May, 2013 at Ekwendeni hospital with a birth weight of 3.1kg. I was very happy and excited the first minutes of my life. Even my relatives and others were happy to welcome me to this world after expecting me with much care and love for nine months. My mum was tired and exhausted after delivering me and I was waiting for her recovery from labour fatigue so that we could rejoice and thank God together.
As I was waiting to rejoice with mum and other relatives, something ruined our happiness. My mother's health was deteriorating after she had delivered me. She was breathing heavily while the nurses were untiringly attending to her. They rushed her to theatre room for more treatment but sad news came to us, after some minutes, that my mother had passed away. Everybody was putting on the face of disbelief as nobody expected this to happen. It was shocking and sad indeed when I magined a life without a mother and to be called a single orphan! Oh my God, you gave me the mother and you have taken her back even before I could feel her warmth and smile. I was touched and weeped emotionally though people couldn't notice what was going on in my mind. May Her Soul Rest In Peace!
I know my father loves me and the rest of the children. But when I saw my age, I thought my father couldn't manage me as I need a lot like motherly love and many more. He hasn't have enough to care for me even the aunties are old and unable to provide for my needs at my tender age. Despite all these concerns in my mind, God was with me and encouraging me. He opened up the way for me to be cared for by Mzuzu Crisis Nursery. It was a good news to hear about and it was worthy thanking Jesus for His wonderful love and care. The Nursery and the Social Welfare people came to rescue me in my village on May 31, 2013. They dressed me up and fed with milk, well prepared. Hahahaha I took 50 mls at once. Relatives bid farewell to me and they were very happy. My dad and relatives promised me that they would be coiming to visit me at the Nursery. We are arrived at the Nursery and I was stunned to find how healthy and happy the friends I found are. They welcomed me and weighed me and I lost 0.3kg after living for six days. These people are so caring and loving. My crib was well decorated and prepared just for a little creature like me. My living God, please, be with these people and everyone here at the Nursery. I am happy here and looking forward to the day I will reunite with my family. Thank you Jesus for your mercy, grace, love and care.
I always wonder why some people were born not to love children, it is very unfortunate for such type of people.
We all need to love children whether of our own or of those of other people. Children are the future of this world. They, children, sustain our generation.
My name is Marlene Hagemann and I'm a volunteer at Mzuzu Crisis Nursery for one year. I'm working under a German organisation GIZ which gave me the great chance to visit Malawi as my first choice. I came in September 2012 and I'll finish my year in August 2013 before I'll start studying at the University back in Germany.
The Mzuzu Crisis Nursery in Malawi was from the beginning on my favorite project. I love children and especially babies. I enjoy playing with them and taking care of them. For me there is nothing more beautiful than a smiling and happy baby. Therefore the work at the Nursery is exactly the right job for me. I can spend my day with all the adorable babies who give me so much love back every day. But besides all the playing, I have learnt a lot about children and their speacial care and about their homes in the villages.
Not only the work with babies makes me feel so much comfortable at the Nursery. Also the staff members are so lovely to me which has made me to consider Crisis Nusrery as my second home in Malawi. I'm so glad and thankful for every remaining day at the Crisis Nursery.
The previous month (April 13) was an exciting month at the Nursery. Four children were discharged to different places depending with their situations. The four children are Wonderful, Patricia, Alex and Lusungu Mercy. We were filled with joy when these children were discharged to reliable and trusted hands for their continued care and support. We were happy as well to know that their hope has been restored in Christ's name with much love. All these children came here in bad state but now they are the most adorable children. God is thanked and praised for the wonderful work done on these children.
Where these children have gone and the brief history?
1. Wonderful Zgambo
He is a handsome boy born on 23/9/2011 and lost his mother when he was four months old. He was then cared for by his old grand mother before he actually came to the Crisis Nursery. The granny struggled to provide for the needs of the child and continuing doing this was beyond her capability. The child was then referred to the Crisis Nursery after the District Social Welfare Office had approved of his situation then.
He came at the center malnourished and weak but amazingly soon after some days he started picking up very well due to the good care and proper food diet he was receiving. He gained weight and he became a happy boy again. He was a good boy. After staying here for 13 months, he had to go to be with his family. He was discharged on April 4, 2013 to be reunited with the relatives at his home village within Mzuzu City. The parents were very happy and excited to see him back as a healthy and strong boy. He was discharged weighing 11.56kg against the admission weight of 3.3kg.
2. Patricia Chisambi
The story of Patricia was carried out in March 2013 and here is just to inform you our dear readers that the girl is now at Rafiki Foundation. A joint home assessment conducted by Mzuzu Crisis Nursery, Rafiki foundation and Mzimba District Social Welfare Office proved beyond reasonable doubts that the girl would be hard for her to survive at the home village. The harsh environment that made Patricia to earn a place at Fafiki were that the father was unable to provide for his family, the father has eight children cared for by relatives, he is always drunk and suffers from epilepsy. The house is small and leaks heavily and doesn't have ventilation.
The village headman, relatives and the father himself consented to that the girl be placed at rafiki Foundation for further care, support and protection up until she would be eighteen years old. The court jus endorsed what the stakeholders had recommended for the best interst of the child.
We are happily saying that our beauty queen is now being cared for by the said organisation in Mzuzu. She was born on 5/9/2011 and mother died on the same day of delivering. She was discharged on April 4, 2013 weighing 13kg. She has never been sick since she came to the Nursery. God is worthy to be praised.
3. Alex Mtonga
The boy was born on December 26, 2011 and his dearest mother some weeks after he was born. He came to the Nursery for care when he was two months old with body weight of 3.8kg. He adapted quickly so quickly to the environment of the Nursery and he got along well with the employees and his fellow children. They loved each other very much. Alex was always happy, friendly and he was growing fast.
The boy was discharged on April9, 2013 to his paternal aunt who lives with her husband in Mzuzu. He went home weighing 11.5kg and the relatives were very happy to receive him back and resume the total responsibility on him. They love him and were encouraged to keep on showing love to the boy. They thanked the Nursery for the support they rendered to the child as well as the family during the time of the boy's critical stage. Now they are able to play with him and smile at each other.
4. Lusungu Mercy Jere
The girl had once experienced the wrath of her mother by being thrown in a pitlatrine. God made her survive in the filthy and dark place where survival was not guaranteed. God saved her from a hopeless world and brought her to a place where she could be loved with the love of God.
She came to Crisis Nursery and it was at this place where she got fostered by a Malawian woman who is a lecturer. The foster mother was so excited and very happy to have this girl as her own. She thanked and praised God for the wonderful gift she received. She went home smiling and hugging her new daughter.
We are as well happy and thankful to God for giving us opportunity to care for this little one. We are confident in the Lord that her life experience is a testimony to the world and that she will have a brighter future. Her hope was dependent on God's love. She was discharged on April 10, 2013 with a body weight of 3.68kg.
The Daughters of the King of Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi on Saturday May 4, 2013 donated several assorted items to precious children cared for by Mzuzu Crisis Nursery.
Items donated included: soap, nappy pins, cloth nappies, lotion, potatoes amongst others.
According to the President of the association, Madam Emma, the donation was intended to identify themselves with vulnerable children for the glory of the Lord.The main objectives of the Daughters of the King are Prayer, Service and Evangelism. As part of service, they thought it wise to visit the less fortunate children at the Nursery. It was their desire to respond to the needs of the children and appreciate the good work Ministry of Hope is doing through addressing the many challenges children are facing with in their infancy when the mother dies.
Nursery staff members received the donation with much delight and happiness on behalf of the children. It is encouraging to note that some Malawians have the spirit of uplifting and supporting the
welfare of children in the country. The gift presented to us would be used as intended in order to improve the welfare of the children.
Lucy Chirwa was born on March 13th, 2013 to Eness Chavula. The mother delivered a baby girl on her way to the hospital with the assistance of her sister in law. After she delivered, they decided to go back home while the conditions of the baby and mother during birth were not known neither the birth weight. By this time, Eness was at her biological parent’s home while her husband, Nael Chirwa, was in Tanzania.
Thirteen days after the birth of the girl, the mother felt sick and she was being observed at home for 3 days. The situation didn’t improve for the better hence after the third day; they took the mother to the Mzuzu Central Hospital. She was found with pneumonia and unfortunately she died after two days in the hospital. It was very sad and painful for young girl to lose her mother. The relatives didn’t know how they would support the child at this time.
After her death, the baby and her older two siblings were in the hands of their paternal great grandparents. The carer is old and frail which doesn’t guarantee a good care for the child. Moreover, the family isn’t economically viable to meet the child’s needs as they don’t have any income or sort of a business. They have a corn field but the crop hasn’t done well this season. The family is also very big with nine people. It accesses water from the well which doesn’t contain safe water at all for consumption and usage.
Lucy was considered to be at risk and vulnerable due to the situation she was in hence she was referred to Mzuzu Crisis Nursery for care, support and protection. On April 23, 2013, the girl was welcomed at the Nursery with arrival weight of 2.68kg. She was skinny and starving when we first got her but it is our hope that the girl would be picking up soon. The relatives are happy now that their child is in the safe hands where she will lack nothing. We all love her and she responds well to the care, love and the environment. She will be discharged back to her relatives soon after she starts walking and eating solid foods. Oh Lord, let her feel the love from you through your humble servants.
Yamikani had a successful minor surgery and he has been recovering well from his problem of inguinal hernia. He was in the hospital for 2 weeks and later he was discharged. He is doing well at the Nursery and the nannies are doing a commendable job to make sure that the boy is fully recovered. We are all coordinated and united in support of Yamikani's recovery.
The Nursery management thanks everyone for your prayers, best wishes and concerns. We value your prayers.
God is always faithful and He has a purpose in the life of Yamikani. We love the boy very much.
Yamikani is one of the recent babies admitted at the Crisis Nursery for care and support after he lost his mother early this year. He has a twin brother called Chigomezgo. The babies are three months old and they are doing quite well at the Nursery. But of late, Yamikani was crying a lot and after some time of observations, he was suspected to have baby hernia. He has a protruding thing on his groin area that shows to us that it is inguinal hernia.
He was taken to the Mzuzu Central Hospital today and after the Doctor checked on him, he decided that the boy be admitted and should be operated on tomorrow on the April 9, 2013. "Inguinal hernia is the main problem and looks to be bad hence the baby is to be admitted" said the Doctor.
Because of the above, we are requesting goodwill prayers from all our dear readers and concerned parties to pray for Yamikani as he is going in the theatre room tomorrow. Surgery is always scarry but we pray that the Lord would see him through. We commit his life and time in God's hands that the operation would be successful. Please, join us in praying for this precious little one. Pray also for his family encouragement. The relatives and father have already been informed about the situation and they will be coming to see him in the hopsital.
We always value your time praying for our dear children and employees. In God eveything is possible and to Him be glory and honor forever!
Three children were discharged in the month of March 2013. These children are Joe & Jacob Sakala (twins) and Margret Phiri. All these children come from Mzimba district but from different Traditional Authorities.
Margret was admitted at the Nursery when she was so young and had no proper care from her relatives. She lost her dear mother while her father is nowhere to be seen up to date. She responded very well to the new environment at the centre and was growing very well. She has never experienced any major health problems since she has been at the Nursery. She has also never been admitted to the hospital. She was not fat but was very strong and healthy. It was just a type of her as most of the people from her family are not fat but just strong slim. Everybody loved her at the Nursery and she was so friendly to everyone.
The only challenge we encountered when she was here is that the relatives were not coming forth to visit her. She has been at the center for 18 months but her relatives had only visited her 3 times when they were supposed to visit her once in every month. We thought the relatives had neglected their own child but it wasn’t like that. They had not enough to pay for their transport.
Their absence derailed our future placements planning on her that’s why she stayed longer at the nursery than expected. But in everything we trusted God that things would work out fine for her future.
When we communicated with Mzimba Social Welfare Office on the development, they took no time to visit the home and inform the relatives that the child was old enough to be discharged. They called and we agreed on the date to discharge her. One mother from the village came to the Nursery for familiarization with Margret and it was fine.
On March 12, 2013, we left for Margret’s home weighing 11.5kgs. The relatives and the community were so excited to see their grown up daughter back in the village when they thought that she would die. They praised the Lord and gave thanks to Him. They appreciated our work very much.
They promised to take a good care of her and that the Child Protection Worker would be visiting her twice in a week just to monitor how she would be faring at the village.
The child was born on July 30, 2011 brought to Nursery on August 29, 2011 and discharged on March 12, 2013. She is in TA Mabilabo in Mzimba south. Glory be unto God.
Villagers in Mtwalo Headquarters in Mzimba district on Wednesday morning (March 13, 2013) pulled out a six days old baby girl from a pit latrine. The baby was born out of wedlock when the woman's husband was in South Africa for greener pastures.
According to Police, a boy who went in the pit latrine to answer a call of nature was shocked to hear the baby crying from the pit.
He then rushed to report the matter to the village elders who without delays they mobilised the community and demolished the toilet to save the precious life of the little girl. After successfully rescueng the baby, they cleaned her and rushed with it to the hospital for treatment. The mother was apprehended and is in police custody as her unwanted child is receiving treatment and care at Mzuzu Central Hospital. The poor mother has been charged with an offence of attempting infantcide which contrary to section 401 of Penal code of Malawi's constitution.
The husband of the woman went to South Africa to look for employment. After his long absence from home, his brother was in a secret affair with the in law and impregnated her. When the husband came to visit, he wondered to have found his wife pregnant in his absence. He chased her out from the house and the wife sought refuge from her parent's home. The responsible man for the pregnancy showed no interest and willingness to care for the child. At her parent's home, she was somehow verbally abused for the shameful thing she did. Because of these factors, she decided to get rid of the girl by greaviously throughing her own in the pit latrine.
The girl named Lusungu (Mercy) went through difficult times in the darkness where she was almost dead. She had no sufficient oxygen for her breath, she was in a bad and filthy place not deserving for a human being to stay in. She was hopeless but cried for help. The worms attacked her from all angles, I could imagine how irritating and painful it was for her. But there was one important thing beside her, that was Jesus. He was beside her assuring her that she would be safe and indeed she was. The relatives abandoned her but man Jesus didn't foraked her. He loved her so much that he saved her from the pit of darkness. Now, we can say praises and honor to you Lord.
Lusungu is now under the care of Mzuzu Crisis Nursery where her long term placement shall be determined. It's understandably that the girl would be fostered and then adopted by any eligible family. As she awaits that process to take place, she is happy here receiving the best care she deserves. She is smiling well and happy in her crib. I can see how grateful she is to the Lord our living God. She has come here with body weight of 3.25kgs and we are hoping that she would grow up strongly and healthy.
Normally a month can’t pass by without arranging a trip to visit some of the discharged children. When the month goes by without implementing the activity, we feel sorry and bad thinking that we have failed to execute the duties in a noble manner. Follow up visits is one of the main activities Mzuzu Crisis Nursery implements. Many children who were once under the good care of the Nursery have been visited. During the visits, several supports are being offered to both the guardians and children themselves such as psychosocial support, food stuffs, clothes, guides on child care and etc.
This month of March 2013 was time to visit Blessings Musi one of the handsome children we have ever cared for. The boy came to the Centre on September 28, 2011 weighing 2.56kgs and was discharged with body weight of 11.5kgs. The boy lost his mother just some days after his birth. With God’s guidance, he was welcomed at the Centre after receiving a call from Mzimba District Social Welfare Office.
It pleased us to discharge him to his relatives and hoped that the boy would continue having good health at home. The relatives were happy too to receive him back home after 14 months away from home. He was in good health and happy with body weight of 11.5kgs. The relatives assured us that the child won’t suffer or lack anything at home because the home was already prepared for his return. They prepared some food, good place to sleep for him, caregiver and etc. The Nursery was very glad and happy to hear about their willingness to welcome the child.
Bad thing happened to the boy! When we visited him this month (March) he was found in bad shape though seemed recovering well from the sickness he has had. We were not pleased with his appearance despite he looked clean. He looked malnourished with curled hair. The parents claimed that it was due to the long sickness he has had as a result of change of environment and water. During his sickness he completely lost his appetite for food. The hospital was 3 times visited and got assisted. With the loss of appetite it had made him lose 3 kgs of body weight. We were shocked and unimpressed to see a child losing 3 kilos but we encouraged and advised them to continue feeding him with food full of nutrients so that he regains his weight as soon as possible.
We are very hopeful that the child would change for the better. Despite the boy is malnourished, he was able to smile, talk, dance with friends, eat and etc. He also sleeps under well treated mosquito net. The Nursery assisted him with likuni flour, clothes, sugar, salt, soap, Vaseline and toys. The items are to help him as he recovers from the problem. The Social Worker warned the relatives about the dangers of starving the child; he strongly advised them to make sure that the boy regains his weight as soon as possible. The relatives agreed to adhere to the pieces of advice given to them. They promised that next time we go to see him; we will find him a changed man in good health. His smile concurred well with his relatives’ words of assurance like saying, “I will be fine.”
The family of Blessings is like this: the grandfather of Blessings has 3 wives with 24 children all together. Blessings grandpa has a brother who also has more than one wife and has 22 children. They are all living on the same piece of land with each wife having her own house but well coordinated with other wives and children. Just two men have more than 40 children and many grand children.
The family is of John Malanga Apostolic Church. They call themselves Christians and allow a man to marry more than one wife. The religion doesn’t permit women to speak in public church meetings in the presence of men. The religion prohibits their members from seeking any medical assistance from the hospitals. Apart from Blessings, all the children in the family were not born in the hospital and have never had any vaccinations administered to them in their life. It’s wrong to believe in medicine but prayer is a perfect practice. They have their own traditional birth attendants who are older in years.
Though they don’t seek medical attention their children are strong and happy. It is so because they have enough food to feed their families. When the disease goes beyond their prayer capacity, the elders decide to seek for medical assistance though it is always too late.
The area has more than eight houses for wives and married children. They are all happy together and the children don’t lack friends to interact with. All the children go to school and have access to clean water from the borehole.
It is not a problem for them but perfecting their religion principles.
After receiving the information about the babies from Rumphi Social Welfare Office, Mzuzu Crisis Nursery was set and ready to rescue the babies. As per our duty to rescue, protect and promote the welfare of babies, we were glad to have an opportunity to rescue the 2 babies and bring them to where they would be cared for with much love.
The journey to the village started off on March 12, 2013 around 9 am. We didn’t know the place we were to find the babies up until we got to Rumphi District Social Welfare where we found a social worker and babies’ relative waiting for us. They became our directors of navigation and they led us well to the place where babies were. It was a journey of 143km long just one way. The place was beautiful echoed by the adorable green vegetation in the mountain. The babies’ parents’ houses are just a stone throw to the nearby mountain where you would only find monkeys, hare, birds and different small animals. Their maize in the field was not in good shape and it appeared that they had no rains for some significant days. The road was good but mind you it isn’t a tarmac road. Our way to the place was through the beautiful vegetation and was characterised by some necessary bumps to keep us awake and entertained.
We were glad to have found the babies well dressed with two old grannies caring for them while a group of older men including the village headman were waiting for us. They were happy to see us as well.
In fact the babies were born triplets on February 15, 2013 in Rumphi District Hospital. Unfortunately, third born baby boy died few minutes after birth leaving the first two girls alive. The mother had developed a high blood pressure which they tried to manage it but were unable. She was then referred to Mzuzu Central Hospital on February 22, 2013. Sad to say, she died right on the stretcher upon arrival at the hospital when the doctor was about to attend to her. It was so sad and painful for the family members more especially for the twins and a young father. The death of the mother had brought in more problems for the babies in terms of proper care and love for them. The grandparents are old and cannot fully care for the babies. They were hopeless but they didn’t lose their trust in God. They told us that they trusted in God that He would not forsake them. Some well-wishers assisted them with baby formula which they were using to feed their lovely two girls.
We assured them that by God’s grace and will the children would live long. God is going to care for them at the Crisis Nursery. He will give them what they need for a period of 18 months. During this period the children would require prayers from relatives and visits by relatives to make the bonding strong.
The children were born as Koreskani and Fiskani the former being the first twin with birth weight of 2.6 and 2.8 kg respectively. Koreskani and Fiskani are Tumbuka names which mean Hold Onto (firmly) and Fulfil respectively. They are happy now at the new home Mzuzu Crisis Nursery. They like the place because the people are very friendly and lovely and the environment is just very good for them. Their health is being strictly monitored and they are doing wonderful. It’s our prayer that the lives of these girls would be a true testimony to the world that would give glory to God.
We have come from far to reach this stage. It is by God’s grace, love and care that has brought us up to this far. Without His love, we would have already been decomposed in the soil. God has a great purpose in our precious life. He showed us the way to a good place where His people are serving Him through the care of the little ones. A place not only frees from dangers rather a place where love of Christ is manifested through the employees. It’s an environment where children live in harmony and happiness. This is a place where hope is restored. We love the place and we like the quality care we have had receiving. We came here tiny and hopeless but now, it amazes us on how big and strong we been grown into. We came here with no clothes, food and care of love but now we are going home with full of food, love, clothes and prayers. I didn’t know we were so important but now we have realised how important we are before God. Thank you God for your great love and care. Your name will always be glorified.
We were born twins (boys only Joe and Jacob Sakala) in South Africa to our dear late mother. Dad and Mom went to South Africa from Malawi in search of a greener pasture. It was there when mom fell pregnant to us and time came when she girth birth to us at a certain hospital. We were born normally on October 14, 2011 each weighing 2.4kgs and 2.30kgs. It was a happy time for my parents to be gifted with the twins. It was a beginning of a dream life together for parents and their handsome new born twins.
Tragically the dream was to last for little more than a week. Just eight days after she gave birth, our mom, Mrs. Sakala, collapsed and died from a rare and undetected heart condition possibly triggered by her pregnancy. The sudden loss had understandably left my father distraught and us helpless and hopeless. My parents had been over the moon after giving birth to us Joe & Jacob but death brought in sorrow.
After the loss of our mother, we were taken back home to Malawi- Mzimba where the funeral of our late mom took place. The funeral had finished but one problem still remained and that was about us. “How are we going to care for the twins since we don’t have resources”, our grandmother wondered while our father was very sorry that he didn’t have enough for our care. We were hungry and lacked good clothes. We cried for help but not enough was given to us. The parents were afraid that we would die. It was this time when God showed them a way for us to survive. They reported the matter to Mzimba District Social Welfare. This time we had already started starving.
After some weeks we were surprised to hear a sound of a car honking at our house. We wondered as who these people were and why they were at our parent’s house. Men and women alighted from the car and told parents that they came from Mzuzu Crisis Nursery to pick the twins up. They would care for us up until we would be able to eat solid foods and walk. We were so excited and happy for the news. The parents were somehow reluctant to release us but finally they did. They took our details and put it on papers. Finally the journey to Mzuzu started where we travelled through the thick forest, the road with bad terrains and slippery. I could look at my twin brother with a smile as a nanny fed us with good milk. We sucked from the bottles like nobody’s business. Our small little mouths were able to suck in more than what we could hahahahaha!
We finally reached the new destination where they gave us a warm bath and new clothes. We were showed our new beds with animal stuffed toys in it. The place was just so hilarious and fantastic. We slept well with good dreams that night. Day number three we were introduced to our fellow 14 friend we had found them there. They were so cute and amazing. They were healthy, strong and happy. They welcomed us with much love and delight. We had a good time together at the Nursery with friends for one year and five months. These people at the Nursery were so loving and caring. They gave us enough of what we required. They were singing to us, playing with us and showed us so many things ranging from vegetations and to word of God. The place had given back our hope we lost when our dear mother passed away. Just imagine, we were discharged on March 5, 2013 weighing 10.80kgs and 10.20 kgs respectively.
We are happy to get reunited with our beloved relatives. We come home with full of appreciation to the Nursery members for their good job done to us. Our relatives, here we come to live with you so that you continue from where the Crisis Nursery has stopped. We are still young and we would need your support. God is great and to Him be glory forever more......
On the day’s schedule stood a trip to Elangeni to pick up (rescue) the two new babies in need. We set off on Friday morning the 22nd of February, 2013 together with a Social Welfare Officer. The car was well equipped with the necessary baby stuffs like formula, clothes, medicine and etc.
After two hours of ride and a short march through the cornfields, we arrived at our destination. The twin’s family welcomed us to the babies inside their house. The two boys were almost 4 weeks old and very tiny.
Yamikani is the first born twin and Chigomezgo the second born twin. They lost their mother some few days after birth for unexplainable reasons. Unfortunately, the relatives don’t have enough resources to bring up them well. Because of the above, they sought for help from District Social Welfare Office – Mzuzu. The Nursery responded well to the problem by going to the village to rescue the hopeless twins. The babies were in a zone where they were missing mothers love and care. At their tender age but they could still not receive the proper food with the right amount. They could miss food (milk) at a certain time due to unavailability of it. Lack of formula resulted in the loss of weight in the babies. They became tiny and thin. It was pathetic and sad to see the babies almost dying because there was not enough food for them. The parents were hopeless if their twins would survive. But when went to rescue the lovely and adorable precious twins, we assured them with hope that the children would be fine and healthy, Lord willing. We preached the message of hope in the name of Jesus. They were reminded that God doesn’t forsake His own rather He well cares for them and shows His love towards them through us.
For the next one and a half years, we are going to take as much as possible care of them till they are strong enough to go back to their home village. The coming in of the twins has increased the total number of children to 17.
At the moment, the twins are gaining their body weight and they are very happy. They grow very fast which make us happy and thankful. All the nannies love these twins and all the babies are happy to have their new brothers. They are well cared for in the environment befitting them to grow well. They now receive the best care they missed, the love the lacked is being shown to them. They are indeed in a place where God is overseeing them with much delight. The work done at the Crisis Nursery Mzuzu is for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Figure 4 Life at the Nursery.
“We have renamed her Zoew and we will take care of her forever,” the foster parents said “She has completely changed our lives. We are so happy. The whole family has been supportive of our decision.”
This family is doing their lodging and beach business in Nkhata bay under the name of Mayoka Village and Beach Lodging. They had applied for a baby to foster then adopt some time back through Mzuzu Crisis Nursery. When the child was found, the social welfare office decided to give a baby girl to this family. After they were contacted about the availability of the girl they were so happy, excited and promised to take care of her for the rest of their lives. It is their second time this year to foster a child. They firstly fostered a 3 years old boy Lughano. The boy was abused by her biological parents in different forms. Gary and Kathryn are the ones who have fostered the child.
The child was discovered by young men who were having some meetings close to where the parents abandoned beautiful Chimwemwe. She was taken to District Social Welfare in Mzuzu for support and protection. She was named Chimwemwe which means Joy by the Police officer. The parents are at large.
Happy for Chimwemwe as her hope has been renewed. God is good and always loving. He has a very great purpose to save the life of the girl. Glory be unto God.
Many children have gone through Mzuzu Crisis Nursery for care, protection and support since the inception of the centre in 2006. They come when they are still young and at a later stage probably one and half years of age, they go. The children go to different places depending with their situations. Some go back to their relatives, some go on fostering then get adopted later while some go to the institution where they live up to eighteen years.It's a bitter sweet seeing children leave the Nursery when they are of the age to be discharged.
Usually, for those who go back home, the Nursery has a program called a Follow Up visit with an aim of getting to know how the children are faring at their villages with their relatives. We monitor the growth, health and wellbeing of the children. During our visit, we do carry some items like likuni (nutrious) flour for porridge, soap, sugar, salt, clothes, lotion, and etc. We also educate the relatives or guardians on how they would give a good care to their children. A social worker from the District Social Welfare Department does accompany us during these important visits.
Having said the above, the Nursery had conducted a follow up visit on three children namely Marman & Moses (twins) and Rebecca on 12/12/12. These children were visited separately because Marman & Moses live 8mks before Rebecca south of Nkhata bay (Chintheche). We first started with the twins and finished with Rebecca. We were impressed to see how these children are well cared for and loved with their relatives and guardians. The children looked verry clean, strong, healthy and happy. All the children are up to date on the under5 clinic records. Despite they were afraid of us at first, but they finally smiled at us and danced in our presence. It was so hilarious to see them dancing and singing. Our eyes were so fascinated to the artistics style they displayed, it was a tradition dance called Chilimika which is performed at the end of the year. It really touched our hearts learning that the father to the twins is the one doing most of the things for his children. He does take them to the under5 clinic every month, he gives them a bath, washes their clothes and the likes. This is the type of the fathers we want in Malawi - a father who loves his children not by words only but through action as well.
We advised them to continue doing the good job on their children. When children are happy the whole house is happy. The stuffs mentioned above were given to them as one way of providing psychosocial support to them. They were so happy and excited to have received the gifts which they liked very much. We left their places very happy people and impressed.
Austin Chirwa is 10 weeks now since he was born on September 25, 2012. They were born twins Augustine and Austine. They were born from their mother who was in her early 20's.The boys were the first borns in their family.
The mother gave birth through casaerian section and it is believed that she bled a lot which led to her death. She died 2 days after giving birth to her twins. The mother was Leah Nyirenda. Unfortunately, when people were burrying the mother, Augustine also died 3 days after birth. It was a sad moment for young Medson, the father and wife to the deceased and surving child - Austine. It was a difficult situation to manage in the family. Austine needed care but there was no one able to do such a thing. There was only 2 grannies who looked very old and frail. Austine not only missed his loved mother and brother but also the adequete care he needed most for his survival.
As I am writing now, the boy is very happy at the Crisis Nursery Mzuzu enjoying the amazing love he is getting at the center. He was not doing fine the time he was admitted but he has since improved very quickly. His weight is going up each and every week. Caregivers are very happy to care for him as well. He likes crying at night which is common in babies but we are confidet that very soon he will stop. God is caring for well for a purpose, to give testimony about the love of Jesus Christ.
He is healthy and happy. All thanks and praises be unto God.
In the same note, Crisis Nursery admitted Clever Hara a baby boy who lost her mother some days after delivery. He was admitted in November 12 to make a total of children 17. After the death of the mother, Clever had no relative to care for him. The father was stranded as how he was going to handle the child. In Malawi, it is very rare for a man to care for a baby hence it becomes very hard for the father when the mother passes away leaving a baby behind. The aunt and grandmother to the child are both mentally ill. It took the love and compassionate of the neghbour to temporarily care for the precious little one. She was doing a good job up until the Crisis Nursery rescued the child.
The boy was found with a cough but right now we are all pleased that the cough has gone. He has been to the hospital for immunizations since he came. He is a happy baby and keeps on gaining weight. It is very sad that he lost his mother when he needed her the most but God is thanked for the care and love He is showing to the boy.
The staff members of the Mzuzu Crisis Nursery are also thanked for their untiring commitment which has resulted in the happiness of babies and their good health. The children's lost hope is being restored through the care and love of God.
The day was good today with the bright morning sunlight unlike the previous day which had rains and was foggy. The nature of the day was very promising to everyone to have a successful and good day. Unfortunately, the day was not good to everyone as some experienced some big challenges like losses in business, getting sick and etc. But the story here is about Chimwemwe who met her fate today despite the day had some characteristics of good experience.
The child here is a baby girl suggested to be between two or three months old. She was, without remorse, abandoned by her parents in the broad day light within the city of Mzuzu. This bad act happened today 3 December, 2012 around 11 am when the parents of the child met in the city to discuss about the welfare of the child. Some people close to them overheard the woman accusing the father for not supporting the child for some months which is a burden to her. She was also accusing him for not visiting her to where she lives and because of this, she was tired of caring for someone’s child due to lack of support from the responsible man. People close to them never thought that the discussion of the two would reach to a bad extent.
After some minutes, people close to them were surprised to see the woman surrendering the child to the father and he, the father, was refusing to take the child. To people’s dismay, they discovered that the two people had left the child down while they varnished. They tried to search for them but to no avail. They just took a well dressed baby girl to the Mzuzu District Social Welfare Office for action that would safeguard the precious life of the baby.
The DSWO called Mzuzu Crisis Nursery to assist the hopeless child with temporary shelter. The pretty little girl is now at the Crisis Nursery enjoying the love she deserves. She is well placed in her well made crib feeling the comfort of the place. It is a pleasing thing that she was discovered unhurt. The cute girl had done nothing wrong against the two and yet they decided to abandon her and ran away. They thought, parents, the child would suffer but God said, “my child I am with you and don’t be afraid.” The light of God was shone upon her face which restored her hope. She is safe and well cared for but her parents will one day stand before Jesus to give an account of what they did to me. The foster parent would be very soon identified to care for her with intent to adopt. Thank you Jesus for preserving the life of this little precious girl.
The new blog has been created again after the former had some technical issues which could not be fixed. It was decided that a new blog should be created in order to keep our dear readers abreast. We apologise for the inconvience that may cause.
Thank you Matthew Langdon for your untiring work on the blog. You remain supportive to the cause of the Nursery and may God bless you.
The Nursery family sicerely thank you our dear readers for visiting the site and praying for the Nursery for the glory of the Lord.
God loves you all and stay blessed as you enjoy reading the appetising stories about the precious little ones.