Brenda Banda Chombo (Gospel Musician in Malawi – Chikwawa) writes:
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you Madam Fikelephi, your partners and the entire team, who thought of Malawian women and girls who have been victims of domestic violence, widows and orphans. This project has proven to be essential in this country with clear evidence of lives transformed in just a few days you were here, I hope you are planning to continue and sustain this project because the demand for such charity programs in this country is so high, please remember other districts as well especially Chikwawa. Your visit left a huge impact so much and it is my prayer that you establish infrastructures that will shelter these women and girls, thanks again to Nana Churcher and Sonia Rock for giving the shoulders for the broken to cry on, all the donation both in cash and kind, the school fees you paid for those girls, may the lord bless you for having our country at heart.
Esnart Busher writes:
Against All Odds Still Standing visit to Malawi was a good mission in the sense that we have more victims of Gender Based Violence and people they don’t know where to go with their cases. I found this visit of importance as the charity team have seen themselves the problems women and children are facing because of Gender based violence and poverty. I am pleased to see some people being adopted and some given school sponsorship. I am very happy with this charity work as it has touched some rejected and forgotten souls here in Malawi. I would love this should be the beginning not the end because there are a lot of people who need to be reached with these services and I request when coming next time we should have enough time to visit more districts and touch more lives. I have liked the organization and it would be good if we can have this charity project here in Malawi to change lives of victimized people. Finally, I thank you the Founder of Against all odds still standing charity, Nana Churcher and Mrs Sonia for your coming to Malawi for this mission, the donations, school sponsorship and adoption was amazing and am short of words but I am very thankful. It’s my plea that you open offices in Malawi in a similar project. God bless you for charity work you are doing. Esnart Busher, Malawi.
Peh Isaacs writes:
Salima district is a district found in the central region of Malawi. It is most comprised of Lake Malawi so it is a Tourist District. Most of its Residents source their income from fishing and farming. In terms of development, it is partly developed. Being a tourist attraction District, it has a high rate of its population being illiterate as most young people like in boys abandon school for fishing and girls for marriage even prostitution so there is a high percentage of HIV contraction, early and forced marriages among young girls. I write in review of the Against all odds visit to Malawi recently. I had a chance to meeting the team on Sunday the 27th of October 2013 in Area 25 Lilongwe at God Consuming Fire Ministries where the Against All Odds team visited for and made prayers. I met with Mrs Fikelephi Jackson and Nana Churcher where I narrated my life story. They offered me Spiritual and physical Inspiration and promised to help me get up on my feet in terms of a career. For the short while Against all Odds visited Malawi, they have managed to touch a number of lives and given them hope. They have a Message of Hope. From my encounter with them, I got the opinion that Malawian women can benefit a lot from Against All Odds not only in terms of receiving charity but inspiration as well. They can be more independent and aspire in life by not looking down on themselves and do great things in society. I met them for a short time, our discussion didn’t last 30 minutes but I was highly inspired. So if Malawi could have more organisations like Against All Odds, we can be singing another song in terms of poverty eradication in women, women empowerment and yes our girls will have a different view of life and will live to aspire in life. The inspiration such women can get from Against All Odds am sure should be enough to bring a change upon the lives of our women.
Interview with Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) On the late afternoon and evening of 27th October, Fikelephi did an interview with Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) a top radio station in Malawi. It was aired in the morning of 29th October on Good Morning Malawi, another popular programme with huge listenership, resulting in the interview being aired over and over due to public demand.
Interview with Matindi Radio Station This was yet another encounter and opportunity to connect with listeners in Malawi. This interview highlighted that Against All Odds Still Standing’s intention was to enhance all the good work that is being done by the current NGOs and the Government of Malawi. Also this interview highlighted how the world is watching Malawi with admiration as the only second country in the African Continent being led by a great woman. Dr. Joyce Banda, this should empower the women and girls in Malawi, as it is empowering. The feedbacks from these radio interviews were very encouraging from those in the studio and from the listeners, who were very inspired and which made clear the scope of the needs and the necessary work to be done.
28th OCTOBER, 2013 (Meeting with Honorable Minister & Dr. Mary Shawa)
On Monday, the Team had an audience with the Minister and Principal Secretaries (PS) for Gender, Children & Social Welfare at City Centre, Lilongwe.
29TH OCTOBER 2013 – VISIT TO SALIMA The meeting in Salima involved the local authorities in the District, including the Officer in Charge of police (OC) and Social Welfare Officer and Education manager. With approval the team proceeded with the rest of the programme. Mrs. Fikelephi Jackson addressed the meeting and encouraged that in the near future with the Government’s approval the Ministries of Education, Gender, Social and NGOs would work together to end Domestic Violence Against women and girls. The team then proceeded to Salima Secondary School.
SALIMA SEC.SCHOOL – GIFTS TO STUDENTS Mrs. Fikelephi Jackson addressed the Students inspired them, and encouraged them to work very hard in their studies and mostly she affirmed them as the future for Malawi. She also introduced the Police, and the rest of the officials who were present that if any of them were challenged they would get help from the authorities in Salima District. The team also interacted with students and teachers at Salima Secondary School via a meeting organised in the school hall. The girls were given the cards where the information about their future and what they will be was written. The boys were given clothes and shoes.
See letter received below.
Dear Madam, Thank you so much for your email. It is nice to hear that you had a safe flight back to England. We are so grateful for your visit and we will always keep in touch with you and your team in Malawi. We will certainly tell our students to write you in appreciation for the gifts that you gave them. Once again on behalf of the students and staff and on my own behalf I would like to thank you so much for visiting our school. We felt honored and privileged by your visit. We will be looking forward to your coming again. Kind regards and best wishes. May God bless you? Rabson Mpinganjira.
Head teacher. SALIMA POLICE On the way to Salima Secondary School, the team had a briefing meeting the Salima Police who presented a few things on how the Salima Police works in the district. The briefing presented some opportunities on how AOS could work with the police on matters of GBV.
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- The donations made were of great value and were well received by the beneficiaries.
- Part of the vision for Against All Odds Still Standing is to be the voice of the voiceless, and to reach the unreachable. Of which within the short space of time we were in Malawi we were able to connect with the victims at the grass roots level, which was one of our targets that were fulfilled. Though this was on a smaller scale but was nevertheless impactful.