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Amadi in 2010

Welcome in the Starfish Family, Amadi!
Amadi is a sweet kid from a small village in the Mchinji district, in Malawi (Africa).
He comes from a family that lives on agriculture only.
They do not have drinking water and must walk a long way to get some.


January 2014

We have just received a sweet new drawing from Amadi:

He also sent us the following message:
"Dear Rutger Hauer Starfish Association, I have drawn pictures of cars and people for you to see. I'm going to school and I would like to become a teacher after finishing school. Greetings to all of you!".

August 2013

We have just received a new drawing from Amadi:

He also sent us the following message:
"Dear Rutger Hauer Starfish Association, I have drawn pictures of a bicycle, cars, ox-cuts, a borehole and men for you to see. I'm also attaching a new photo of me. I received your letter and am also wishing you all the best for your families".

And here is his new photo. He is growing up so fast!

May 2013

We have just received a new drawing from Amadi:

He also sent us a sweet message: "Dear Starfish, I have drawn beautiful pictures for you namely: motorcars, a house and a human being.
I like playing football with my friends Dayilosi and Happy in the afternoon hours. We play this game in our community ground.
Lastly, I would like you to come here and play football with me. Bye bye!

September 2012

We have received another sweet message from Amadi, together with his drawing:

Amadi is writing us: "Dear Starfish, I have drawn cars for you. I go to school at Chilowa; I am in standard 3 and I like mathematics and English. I want to be a primary school teacher when I finish school. My parents grow crops such as maize, cassava, beans, carrots, tobacco, pumpkins, groundnuts and soya beans for food. May God bless your families. Bye!"

March 2012

We have received the fourth message from Amadi, together with another drawing:

Amadi is saying the following: "Dear Starfish, I have drawn beautiful girls for you and your families. I am very glad to tell you that now I have started my primary education and I am in standard one. I like playing football with my friends. Finally, I am wishing you all the best. I greet you!".

October 2011

We have received the third message, a drawing and a color photo from our sweet Amadi!

Amadi is growing up and he is going to school. He writes: "Dear Starfish, I have drawn a person and cars for you to enjoy. The school is not very far from where I live. I go to that school since I manage to do so. My parents grow maize for food. My tender greetings to you! Zikmo Kwambwiri! ('Thanks so much' in English)".

Here is his drawing:

January 2011

We have received a second sweet message and drawing from Amadi.

He says: I am four years old. I have one elder brother an one younger sister. I live at Chilowa village with my mother, my father and my relatives. I would like to become a driver when I grow up. At home I like playing with my friends. Greet your family and all your friends for me. Hope to write you soon. Bye". unquote

August 2010

We have received the first message and drawing from Amadi.

Since he is still not able to write, he has drawn two hands, and through his tutor he is telling us that he is fine and that he would like to say the following : quote I have drawn two hands of a man for you to see. I would like to become a medical doctor when I grow up. I hope to write you soon. unquote



In the Mchinji district in the last few months 93 children have been rescued from the child labor plague, and now they are regularly attending school. 90 women are attending adult literacy classes, gaining awareness on their rights. 2 teacher houses have been built and the communities in the Mchinji district have signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education so that these two houses can be assigned to female teachers, in order to have a higher school attendance by female students. Further than supporting Amadi's growing up, our help is focusing on the following projects:

- Fight against HIV/AIDS
- Improvement of school system
- Enhancement of female school education

- Community supports
- Governance
- Fight against child labor
- General organization

At the beginning of 2013
, 120 double school desks have been supplied to the Nthema primary school, and 60 to the Chambidzi primary school, so that now 360 kids can study in a more comfortable location.

A very good news is that in the Mchinji district 63 teen-agers have come back to school after having abandoned it due to precocious pregnancies and marriages.

A new project under implementation is the support to Mchinij pregnant women who cannot count on public hospitals during their childbirth. The nearest hospital is at 20 kms and so the only alternative is the very expensive and private Kapiry Mission hospital. In private hospitals, giving birth to a child can cost up to 2,000 Kwacha (Euro 6 or $8) and an ambulance transport up to 4,000 Kwacha (Euro 12 or $16), while the majority of the families earn less than $1/day; this is the reason why a lot of pregnant women give birth to their children under very dangerous conditions.

A public hospital in Dambe will be built by 2014 to help from the very beginning at least 50% of the pregnant women of the Mchinji district; this structure will also offer permanent medical assistance to all children under 5 years of age (this is the age under which there is a very high mortality rate).

new center for children has opened in the Mchinji region. 84 kids are now attending it. Before that, children had no toys to play with, or educational supports, and were studying in old huts. Now they are followed by teachers who also keep a strict eye on their health and family conditions.

Furthermore, a new project started in Malawi, also with our support: it is called 'Credit and Saving Village' and it is addressed to women who want to start their own activity to support their own families. This project allows them to get small bank credits at very favourable rates compared to the usual credit given by banks, which is in the range of a crazy 20% or even more.

In April, Joyce Hilda Banda was elected as the new President of the country, after Wamutharika's passing away. It is the first female President in the history of Malawi. She is the founder and leader of the People's Party, created in 2011. An educator and grassroots women's rights activist, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2009 and Vice-President of Malawi from May 2009 to April 2012. She was also a Member of Parliament and Minister for Gender, Children's Affairs and Community Services. Prior to an active career in politics she was the founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation, founder of the National Association of Business Women (NABW), Young Women Leaders Network and the Hunger Project. Forbes named President Banda as the 71st most powerful woman in the world and the most powerful woman in Africa.

house for teachers has been built in the Chilowa village: this is a spur that pushes teachers to accept jobs in rural villages: these jobs that are often turned down since teachers prefer to work in cities and bigger towns. Teachers are very important to create a fair environment for girls and push them to carry on their school education.

n occasion of the AIDS Day, in Amadi's community a torchlight procession was set up: it was attended by more than 500 people. Thanks to the supporting interventions performed in that community over the last few years, in the Mchinji area AIDS went from 17% in 2005 to 8% in 2009.

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