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AEI in tree planting

Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI) students planted 1000 trees in Balaka at Andiamo Campus on 11 February 2012 as one way of restoring the natural beauty which was carelessly destroyed. The function was organized by Wildlife Club of AEI, and in attendance were representatives from all the sections of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust.

one of the student planting a tree

Isaiah Kaliponda, the Chairperson of the club said that it is the aim of the club to make sure that the natural resources are being taken care of and where trees were cut down should be replanted. He added that trees play a very important role in human beings by providing good oxygen and also makes our country looks beautiful.

Balaka District Forest Officer Mr Kamwendo, who was the Guest of Honour at the function, thanked the students and Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust for being concerned with the way people have carelessly cut down trees.

“40 years back people were living healthy lives. Trees were everywhere and they were breathing clean oxygen but because of industrial revolution, the good air has been polluted and people are not protected to this bad air.Because of this problem, babies are being born with different abnormality and people are experiencing some strange health problems but we can restore the good environment we had years back by planting more trees in our areas,” said Mr Kumwenda.

Andiamo Executive Director Andrew Galeta, encouraged youths to continue taking part in tree planting as it also attracts tourists and also help in the formation of rain. He took time to advise those who are pursuing Carpentry and Joinery course to be in the forefront in planting more trees as their job involves the use of timber which comes from these trees.

Also present at the function was Don Cesare and the Coordinator of AEI.

In a related development, Fr Mario lost his cool on 13 February when he noticed that some of the ground workers mistakenly cut down a big mango tree that had survived for some years in the AEI campus. Like in the “Lost Sheep” parable, Fr. Mario wondered how some people could think of cutting a matured mango tree when the Trust is busy planting more trees.

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Let’s share

Students from different areas playing on BAMABA Basketball court

When Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust thought of naming the street kids project “Tigawane” (Let’s share) the name made sense. We surely must share the little that we have.

But little did we know that “tigawane” would spread to everything. In the picture, primary school students from the surrounding areas playing on the new basketball court of Andiamo Education Institutions without even asking for permission.

Such is life here. Everything that Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust has belongs to the community around!

Not mere bricks

We were told that Andiamo Education Institutions would have a new girls’ hostel. When we saw trucks bringing bricks, sand… we were sure we would have it. Obviously, it was good news. Good, because the hostels we have right now would not be enough for girls from both the college and secondary school.

The future was alarming too. In September, this year, we shall have a Form IV class. This meant we would not have enough accommodation for girls. In Malawi, we say, “If you educate a girl, you have educated the whole nation”. By not allowing girls to come to the school because of lack of accommodation, we were doing injustice not only to the girls themselves but also to the nation as a whole.

Today the hostel is taking shape. In September, we will be able to house all the girls in the campus. We may be worried that ‘where are we going to get the beds?’ but the fact is that the hostel is now there.

The presence of Franco, an Italian volunteer, at the building site is enough for us to thank those that continue to collaborate with Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust. Some we have seen them because they have travelled all the way from Italy to see us. Others, we have not seen and met them. However, their invisible hands are becoming more visible through their support to us.

Two volunteers arrived

Fr. Cesare and two volunteers from Franco Fiorina and Giuseppe De Vignani from Italy arrived from Italy on 13th January,2012. The volunteers will help in the construction of Andiamo Secondary school girls’ hostel.

Franco Fiorina (left) and Don Cesare

Franco will concentrate mainly on the hostel. Once finished, the new hostel will accommodate 64 girls and this will ease the pressure of accommodation mainly this September when Andiamo Secondary School will for the first time have a Form 4 class.

Giuseppe De Vignani (second from right) with Augustino one of the volunteers

Meanwhile AEI office says that the accommodation problem will be history once another boys’ hostel is constructed.

a site where a block girls hostel is expected to be constructed

While Giuseppe will cooperate in different plumbing works, in Toleza for the health centre, Andiamo for the Community Hospital and also at the Andiamo Secondary School for the external toilets for the students.

Franco has been coming to Malawi for some time now. He has helped in the construction of many projects like hostels, class blocks for secondary and technical schools, just to mention few.


Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI) have opened for the second term. According to AEI office, out of 214 students only 100 students have registered so far.

AEI is one of the four sections of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust. It was established with the aim of making sure that the youths are fully equipped with knowledge, skills and to improve education standards in Malawi.

The second term will close on 23 March, 2012 according to the national academic calendar.

Christmas 2011

Today, 14 December, is my birthday

and I invite you to join me in thanking the Lord

for the simple and great gift of life,

with its joy and sorrows.

Day by day it is a renewed commitment

in order to answer the call to life

to always live with joy and generosity

for donating it in its fullness.

A journalist asked Mother Teresa of Calcutta:

“What should change in the Church?”

She answered: “You and me”.

The child Jesus is coming again

and with trust we have to ask ourselves

“What can I change in my life,

for the world and the Church to be better?”

“If you accept that

the face of your neighbour is not similar to yours,

accept also that their opinion are different from yours.”

From Malawi the wish that Christmas

will gift the sobriety,

the universal brotherhood

the solidly love

and prepare our refectories

to welcome Jesus with joy

and also who is near and far from us

fr. Mario

Secondary School start Exams.

Andiamo secondary students have started writing first term exams today on 28 November.

According to the headmistress of the school Margaret Mphwiyo, students will finish their exams on 7th December and they will leave for holidays on 8th December immediately after general assembly.

Students will be expected to return on campus on 3 January 2012.

Andiamo Web office wishes them all the best during their exams.