We would like to sincerely thank all our partners and donors who support our Jesuit works,
without them our work would not be possible. Many thanks and blessings to them all.
without them our work would not be possible. Many thanks and blessings to them all.
A Taste of the Himukululu Water in Chikuni Mission
" Himukululu community is found in the eastern part of Chikuni Parish. It lies 53 km away from the main centre and it is surrounded by mountains and a seasonal stream that meanders through on the western side of the community. The community has a population of about 260 people, 65 cattle, 7 donkeys and 645 small livestock.In the year 2015, The Chikuni parish Taonga office established the women self -help groups in the far east of the Parish in Kayola. During one of the self- help group outreach programmes, an old woman Angela Mweetwa a member of the Kaliyangile self-help group complained that the meetings were finishing late as her home was far. She then invited the development team that was facilitating the SHG meeting to her home so that they can have a feel of the challenges in distance that she was facing. The two groups agreed on a date and a visit was made to Himukululu. On arrival at their meeting place, we could see the initiative that the community had put in place to ensure that they teach their children.During the evaluation of all Chikuni Parish Taonga activities, the Director Fr Gregory Mulobela working with Tricent Milimo discovered that this community was in real need of water. In their information sharing about the serious lack of water in this area, many people were touched and people of good will put their monies together to support the drilling of the bore hole in this community.The community engagement technician Mr catson Mukanu was assigned to verify the seriousness of the problem in this valley community and discovered that the people of Himukululu area had only one source of water within a radius of 8Km. This water source was down the river bed about 70 to 80 metres high between this water point and the nearest household up the village on a 500m long path to and from the only water point in the community. One needs to seriously make a decision to go 500m down at a height of 80m to wait for more than 2hrs down the river bed and come up the hill loaded with not less than 20 litres of water on top of their head in very hot weather conditions of October and November when it gets to more than 40oC at noon.
When the women and children get down the hill to the river bed where they used to collect the water, it wasn’t automatic that they would find water readily available for drawing. They had to wait half the day to access the water. When they go down the river bed they have to wait for the water until enough water collects from a 2m deep hole. When they have waited long enough, the women check to see if it is time to share the much need water collected in the hole.The first plateful of water drawn from the hole which she hands up the surface for another woman to collect and pour into a holding bucket. In the holding bucket they collect thick heavy brown coloured water towards the end of the last bucket.The last plate of water on a day shows up like this indicating that the hole cannot give out any more water to the satisfaction of the whole community.When no more water can be collected the woman emerges from the water hole and gets back to the other women to wait for more hours to collect again. This continues until evening.The disappointed and dissatisfied children and women trek up hill with very little water collected.
This is what prompted people of good will to support people of the Himukululu valley community.
This is what prompted people of good will to support people of the Himukululu valley community.
In 2016 Nova drilling company was engaged to sink a bore hole in this valley community with financial assistance from the Jesuit Priests from Chikuni Mission. To the disappointment of the community, Nova drilling company could not attempt to brave the 13km bad road terrene which they surveyed before setting out for drilling.The community engagement department at Chikuni Parish Taonga continued receiving reports that the people were in dire need of water in the valley community. The Jesuit Priests from Chikuni Mission had not at any one time forgotten about the sufferings of the Himukululu community and through the community engagement officer, a drilling company willing to face the terrain of the valley was found. This act by Gallant drilling company was very overwhelming because other drilling companies declined to go to this community because of the bad terrain. After braving the bad terrain, the drillers arrived on site with damages to the Ridge.After drilling for 50m, the drillers did not find any water and this caused panic and fear in the community members as they were so eager to have water. Another site was identified and drilling commenced on the new site where water was found after 48m. The community was so happy but they negotiated with the drilling company to drill 5m deeper than the 48m so that they can have sufficient water supply and avoid having a dry borehole after some time. The drillers agreed to this but demanded an extra K1, 000 on site which the community organised and the extra 5m were dug. What seemed impossible was finally accomplished and there was jubilation in the valley. The young and the old joined in songs of praise to God and many thanks to the Jesuit Priests that had supported them; there was a joyous noise in the valley.And the first bucket of water was drawn by Betty Michelo Hawaala at about 20:50hrs on the Monday evening of the 31st, July 2017.Three months later the community Engagement Technician Mr Catson Mukanu visited the community and found that it had put up sustainability measures towards the borehole. These measures were that, the hand pump shall be maintained by the community through local contributions and each household will be paying K20.00 and cattle owners K50.00 per year.The community engagement technician had time to chat with women who narrated their experiences.
This is Betty Michelo Hawaala of Himukululu village a mother of 10 children and married to Nixon Hawaala an adult literacy instructor in the village. At 65 years, she said that she had an experience of going to fetch water walking a distant of 8Km towards Munyumbwe which is in Fumbo Parish to a river called Kalululufuwa. She said, she went that far because she spent a week without bathing. She also narrated that she would bath her baby from a cup full of water and baby napkins were left unwashed including those for children and adults for a long. Betty spent the whole day out there and only came back home at 20:00hrs after covering a distance of 16km searching for water. She would arrive home very tired after carrying a 20l container on her head and she would even go to bed without feeding.
She is very happy today because she can easily draw clean and safe water for consumption and other household chores and she doesn’t have to walk long distances to fetch the water. She even showed off that her clothes were looking clean and that she can easily face the camera, meaning that she is no longer ashamed to be seen as an untidy woman. In the picture she is seen watering a moringa plant.
Eunice Kaluwe pointing at herself with a child in the picture is a 34 year old mother of 6 children. She complained of a painful chest which needs medical attention. The problem was caused by the long distances walked carrying heavy loads of water on her head. Eunice said she lost a number of good relationships she had with other women in the village through quarrels over water.She said the presence of the water point has improved even the broken women relationships that fell apart down the river bed during the struggles of water collection. She is very happy that they will no longer cover long distances to fetch water.
The women further narrated that they used to come across snakes nearly every day and night in the river beds. Sometimes dogs would fall into the holes and even urinate in there but with full Knowledge of this, there were no options but to collect the same water for human consumption. Bees were always flying round the river bed water holes and one of the women was stung.They said it used to be sad when women were taking days without bathing even when they were on their periods. They used to clean themselves by use of a cloth soaked by a cupful of water. Some women also complained that their husbands found them less attractive because of poor hygiene.A number of goats got lost in search of water in far distant places, today no goat has ever gone missing since the installation of the new hand pump. The women laughed. Another woman added that, no cattle have even died too.
Access to safe and clean water for human and livestock consumption is the one of the essential requirements for economic growth. There are tremendous economic and health gains that can be realised from improved water supply and sanitation. It is clear to see that this community has been given hope because a lot of benefits will be derived from this good act socially, economically and health wise. As the Himukululu community, we give thanks to the Jesuit Priests from Chikuni Mission for remembering us in our time of suffering and we have indeed had a taste of the beautiful waters and we will never forget this great experience-our lives have been changed. "
By written Mr. Catson Mukanu: Community Engagement Technician-Chikuni Parish Taonga..
Cardoner Prayer Garden
The inception of the Cardoner Prayer Garden is as a result of Fr Elpidius Kalyepe S.J.’s decision to have a place which would offer people a space for reflection. The Cardoner prayer garden is located in Chikuni Mission (about 10 km east of Chisekesi town in Monze District in the Southern Province of Zambia). Cardoner is tailored on the key moments of St. Ignatius life and his writings which begun from the place where Chikuni mission was “born” from under a big Musekese tree in 1905. The choice of the name stems from the great illumination St. Ignatius experienced by the banks of Cardoner River that helped him to see clearly Gods purposes for him.
The prayer garden is primarily a nature walk. Hence the Zambia-Malawi province’s coal value which stipulates “developing and coordinating the ministry of spiritual exercises,” is in tune with the Prayer garden. The garden also seek to utilise a creative way of sharing our spiritual heritage in a dynamic way. With the help of our many friends and donors like the Irish Jesuit Mission and many other well wishers, the prayer garden’s progress has moved at an advance stage.
Building of Chiyobola Church
With the support of the Irish Jesuit Mission Office, the building of the Chiyobola Outstation of Chikuni Parish has brought alot of excitement and happiness to the parishioners and community. The Church which is currently being constructed will cater for the various spiritual needs of the parishioners and they are thankful for the support.
Clean Water for the Communities and Rural areas in Zambia !!!
With the support of the Polish Jesuit Mission Office in Cracow the parishioners and surrounding community of Kanakantapa Catholic Church are now able to enjoy clean water after the sinking of Boreholes.
The Polish Mission Office has supported the sinking of boreholes to various other parts of the Zambia-Malawi Province such as Kasisi Parish with 7 Boreholes, Jesuit Development Farm with 2 boreholes and Chikuni with 14 Boreholes. We thank our friends from Poland for the support and look forward to more collaboration
Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development Empowers Women in Malawi
Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development ( JCED ) has empowered Women of Mpherere Parish in Nchitsi Malawi with a project aimed at promoting Organic Vegetable Framing. This is in line with the vision of working with local communities in Malawi to promote decent livelihoods, food security, use of efficient and alternative energy sources as well as efficent management of natural resources.
At Guillime Parish in Mchinji, Malawi, Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development ( JCED ) has created an eco-friendly means of working with vulnerable groups of women and young mothers to generate income for themselves and their families, while regenerating the environment in their communities through tree-seedling nurseries and organic or permaculture vegetable gardening. These projects are aimed at helping the women to be more self sustainable and nurture the environment. With your support and encouragement JCED will be able to do more for Malawi.
Doing More for the Environment in Malawi Through Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development ( JCED )
Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development ( JCED ) promotes the use of ceramic energy efficient stoves. The adoption of these stoves by households helps to reduce deforestation and help in safe guarding of the environment. JCED has embarked on empowering the community with skills and training on the production of ceramic energy efficient stoves. Your help and support will enable JCED to continue doing more self sustainable and eco-friendly projects with the community.
Catering for the Needs of the Youths in Malawi through Chaplaincy
The Jesuits have served as Chaplains in Malawi for many years. They offer counselling, pastoral and social care to the students of institutions such as Luanar University, Lilongwe Technical College and others. Your support can help in catering for the various needs of the youths of Malawi.
Loyola Jesuit Secondary School Making a Difference in Malawi
Loyola Jesuit Secondary School has continued working on the various school buildings addressing the various needs of the new school. The school is currently working on building a medical clinic. The school has begun cultivating a farm to be more self sustaining in the provision of food for the school. These and many other projects by the School can only be successful with your help and support .
St. Josephs Primary School Caring for the Needs of Boys and Girls in Kasungu, Malawi
St. Josephs Primary School educates children who have come from vulnerable families in kasungu Malawi. The school has many programs and projects tailored at making a difference to the pupils and community. Your support towards the programs and projects of the school will go a long way in making a difference to these primary school pupils living in Kasungu, Malawi.
Leopards Hill Jesuit Secondary School Re-Brands to St. Ignatius College
Leopards Hill Jesuit Secondary School has re-branded to St. Ignatius College as it continues to educate boys and girls in Zambia-Malawi Province. The school will be thankful for your support in the various programs and projects it undertakes to make a difference to society.
St. Canisius Secondary School Builds a Wall Fence To Enhance Security
St. Canisius Secondary School is working together with the pupils of the parents to construct a wall fence for the School to enhance the Security of the pupils and the school. The school is thankful for your support and help for it's many projects, such as; renovating the school buildings to allow for a more conducive environment. Your help and support will go a long way to ensure that these projects are a success.
Chikuni Parish Home Based Care Builds A Poultry House
Chikuni Parish Home Based Care is building of a Poultry House, in addition to the many projects such as tailoring, a bakery, vegetable production, solar drying, as well as a restaurant . The Poultry House is aimed at making Chikuni Parish Home Based Care more self sustainable and your support in this project as well as the other home based care projects will go a long way in supporting the community.
Renovation of the Ablution block for St Francis Xavier ( Bwacha ) Parish
St. Francis Xavier ( Bwacha ) Parish has embarked on the renovation of the Parish Ablution Blocks that are critical to the growing number of parishioners and events of the Parish. The Parish is thankful for the support and help as it continues to work on this project with the support of the parishioners who have been very helpful in offering skills of block making and construction. The Parish of St. Francis Xavier would be very thankful in terms of any help towards the successful completion of the project.
Renovation of the Jesuit St. Francis Xavier Novitiate, Lusaka, Zambia
The 20 acre St. Francis Xavier Jesuit Novitiate was constructed in 1966, and since its official opening in 1969, three hundred and seventy seven (377) novices have attended the Novitiate. With the support of our partners; building renovation works are being carried out to fix many cracks in the walls, re-painting and improving the functionality of the building to make it more habitable, as well as to repair identified plumbing items to ensure its viability for the long-term.
Enhancing the Learning Environment of St. Mary's Community School in Matero
The renovations at St. Mary's Community School will give improved educational facilities, as well as a stimulating and encouraging learning environment for the orphans and vulnerable pupils. In line with the renovations; a computer room will be established to give each child access to hands-on experience and usage of the major ICT applications.
Loyola Jesuit Secondary School opens it's doors in September 2015
Loyola Jesuit Secondary School in Malawi has opened it's doors to the new pupils who have become the first pupils of the school as it was opened in September 2015. Construction activities are still being undertaken by the school and they is still more to be done. All of this good work has been possible through the generous support of so many benefactors, large and small. Church organisations, Jesuit communities around the world, foundations, donors, parishes and schools, businesses, individual benefactors – from all across the globe and the government of Malawi has been very cooperative and supportive. We are deeply appreciative of this assistance because a lot has been done and a lot is yet to be done.
The Construction of Loyola Jesuit Secondary School is giving hope for the future of Malawi
Jesuit education is about learning and discovery to transcend the immediate and evoke wonder and questioning, as well as the ability to learn how to learn. It flows from the strengths drawn from Ignatian charism. The aim of Jesuit education is the full growth of the person, which leads to action – action that is filled with the spirit and presence of Jesus Christ; to be men and women of God for others.
“One of the best ways to serve the present is to give hope for the future. Loyola Jesuit Secondary School will effectively serve the needs of present youth who are the future hope of Malawi”. Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, Superior General of the Society of Jesus. The construction of Loyola Jesuit Secondary School is indeed giving hope for the future of Malawi and beyond.Our hope is that graduates of Loyola Jesuit Secondary School will have both the desire and the talent to make a difference for the future of Malawi by putting what they have learned at the service of authentic development of all the people of Malawi and the world.
That is graduates of “conscience, competence, compassion, and commitment” who are ready to transform their country and lead it towards a brighter future.Our Mission Is to provide secondary education to young Malawian boys and girls that embodies the characteristics of Jesuit education of intellectual and spiritual excellence, a preferential option for the less privileged, curriculum development that includes life-skills and character.
Loyola Jesuit Secondary School Construction Progress
The administration block contains offices for the head teacher and other officials, with additional offices for teachers and meeting rooms for conferences. Eight classrooms and two laboratories provide the learning spaces for form one and form two learners. Temporary library space is also provided and hostels (dormitories) are fitted with comfortable bunk beds and lockers for all boarding boys and girls. Kitchen and dining facilities are complete, with the necessary cookers, ovens, pots and pans, tables and benches. A large conference hall provides space for many gatherings to take place during the school year. It also serves as space for religious services until our Chapel is built in phase two.
Teachers’ housing next to the campus is ready to welcome the teachers. Electricity is connected (with an emergency generator also installed) and municipality water is available with borehole backup. There also are sports fields for recreation and for training; future Malawi football and netball national champions!