Aug 31

Matunkha Desktop Calendar September

Vwaza Marsh is one of the special surprises of the area we live in. It’s an unspoiled, typical African savannah. The majority of tourists don’t go there: they visit the Masai Mara, Serengeti or Kruger Park. Vwaza is a little outside the main routes, so as a tourist you have... read more →
Aug 05

Matunkha Desktop Calendar August

The maize harvest in Malawi has been good this year, so there should be no problems with food-security. This girl is really enjoying her meal and the same applies to the children at our primary school. We provide our children with porridge in the morning, something we have been doing... read more →
Jul 11

Matunkha Desktop Calendar July

We enjoyed our leave in Holland in June and were astonished about how fast we were moving again in the speed of Dutch living. Upon return in Malawi we had to get used to the different type of living here and it was that serious, that I totally forgot to... read more →
Jun 14

Matunkha Desktop Calendar June

Malawi follows a similar development as in other “developing countries”: more improvement is concentrating on the big cities, while there is hardly any money for developing the rural areas. All in all the rural situation is declining, the rural population is growing and people without education move to the cities... read more →
Apr 30

Matunkha Desktop Calendar May

While we were working on the previous calendar page, a storm hit Mozambique, south Malawi and east Zimbabwe. As often happens, people in western countries were earlier and better informed than we were. We received many questions, which at first we didn’t understand. Later we heard about the disaster, although... read more →
Apr 01

Matunkha Desktop Calendar April

According to recent statistics 45% of the population is younger than 14 year. That is over 7.5 million children! Al these children need to go to school when they turn 6 and that is an impossible task for Government. Therefore it is a good thing that there are lots of... read more →
Feb 28

Matunkha Desktop Calendar March

This picture is taken from ‘our’ hill: Bumba. Almost 25 years ago, the Matunkha Centre had the opportunity to develop this area and during that time it has been transformed from a barren hill with a few maize fields into a lush green mountain, filled with trees and shrubs. The... read more →
Feb 01

Matunkha Desktop Calendar February

Often it is that simple like in this case. It takes a good listener, an appropriate advice and a couple that takes some practical action. This makes all the difference. This young boy Robert, was carried on his mother’s back his whole life, because there was something wrong with him.... read more →
Dec 29

Matunkha Desktop Calendar January

This picture has been taken on the Centre just a few weeks ago. Normally we have water from taps at the houses from our water-system, but recent years have proven to be different. Every year, earlier in the dry season our water source (a small river) dries up, causing problems... read more →
Nov 30

Matunkha Desktop Calendar December

December is to Malawi what spring is elsewhere: the time of new life. Halfway the month (more or less) the rains start and they end the dry season that has lasted for 8 months. The whole country replies with activities on the fields: people start to prepare and sow in... read more →