March 2019 Activities
-13,349 school children received a daily school meal at primary schools in Mzimba.
-1,120 nursery school children received a daily school meal at Chilomoni nurseries.
-The March total for Likuni Phala delivered/consumed came to 23.45 tonnes.
April 2019 Activities
-13,498 school children received a school meal at primary schools in Mzimba.
-1,287 nursery school children received a daily school meal at Chilomoni nurseries.
-The April total for Likuni Phala delivered/consumed came to 21.42 tonnes.
May 2019 Activities
– Only 2,1 tonnes of food was distributed to feed 1,287 kids in nurseries & CBCCs.
Note: Seibo’s main food supplier experienced a shortage of materials in May.
As a result Seibo in Malawi were unable to deliver foodstuffs to primary schools in Northern Malawi. This situation was exacerbated by the fact that our storage facility for food in Kazomba Primary was knocked down due to heavy winds. Under better circumstances we keep 2 months of foodstuffs for Chabere & Kanyerere but had no available stocks on hand due to the recent wind damage.
We had previously attained food samples from alternative suppliers which were all deemed to be subpar and must now re-look at improving our storage options to avoid future instances of something similar happening.
March to May 2019 Highlights
11th March to 3rd April: Growth Monitoring
-955 nursery children were weighe (372 were absent)
-64 out of 69 Seibo Kids were weighed (sample profiles follow)
Born 26th January 2015 she started school on 22nd November 2018 at Focus nursery school. Her starting weight was 11.2kg and 90.3cm. Her current weight is is 11.8kg and she is now 92cm in height.
Born 17th October 2015 she started school on 7th November 2018 at Atamandike 2 nursery school. Her starting weight was 15.1kg and 98.8cm height. Currently her weight is 16.4kg and 101.4cm height.
A “Seibo Kid” who attends school at Atamandike 2 nursery.On the 7th November 2018 her starting weight was 12.6 kgs & her height was 91.5 cm. Currently she weighs 13.5 kgs and stands 94 cms tall.
A “Seibo Kid” attending Watipa nursery school. Born 3rd October 2016 she started school on the 7th of November 2018. At that time she weighed in at 10.4 kg and her height was 82 cm. Her current weight is 12 kg and height is 89 cm.
12th April: Nursery School Directors Meeting
A meeting with nursery directors was held for the purpose of renewing partnerships through a new, updated MoU. In addition to nursery directors the meeting was attended by members of Seibo in Malawi and MTCC (Mother Teresa Children’s Centre) Outreach represenatives.
The MoU’s signed at the meeting consisted of 2 x parts;
A: pertaining to MTCC Outreach Department Partnership requirements
B: pertaining to school feeding partnerships with Seibo
As a follow-up Seibo’s team members conducted “community meetings” for the purpose of improving future partnership visiting the following CBCCs: Kachimera, Makapwa, Mlambe, Chilingani, Tawina, Chisomo and Tikondane in early May.
These “community meetings” were attended by Village headsmen, School committee representatives, teachers, Area Development Committee Chairpersons and Village Development Committee Representatives.
New Partnerships: New Nursery Schools
Seibo is currently feeding 34 nursery schools in Chilomoni. At first we were feeding 40 schools but 6 dropped out of the partnership for various reasons including poor governance, staffing & personal issues. Seibo tasked their partners (MTCC) to identify up to 6 x additional nurseries for the purpose of providing a school meal. As such Seibo requested their partners MTCC to identify 6 more schools to replace those that dropped out. Below is a profile of 2 of the proposed 6 x new nursery schools.
Located in the premises of Chilomoni mosque a few minutes away from Dar Silva. The school registered 26 children (11 boys and 15 girls) at the time of our visit. Cassim Binali is the director of the school and there are 2 teachers at the school both with an MSCE qualification. None of the current teaching staff have ECD qualifications. Water is available from a nearby tap and there are 2 x toilets on the site.
Located in Nthukwa in a rented house near Agape church. Began in 2017 by Violet Cheza today (May 2019) it has 52 registered children. Little Bee has 4 teachers of which 3 have ECD certificates. There is a toilet at the school and water is available from a nearby tap.