I wanted to gain a better understanding of rural health needs and to give back to rural community because I was raised in rural village myself.
What is your biggest dream for your own life? For your country? For the world?
My life’s passion is to help build a strong and thriving healthcare system in Malawi. I would like to contribute towards health equity in Malawi by building a health system that responds to the health needs of all including those in rural areas. I also want to build networks of health providers connecting Malawi to the broader world so we in Malawi are not working alone and isolated from health providers elsewhere; I want to know how we might connect to services virtually and directly as partners in global health.
Success means... "we made it" and not "I made it."
What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming CorpsAfrica Volunteers?
To make most of their service. I took my service as a privilege and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve my country and also for my personal development. The more you commit yourself to service the more you gain.
What is a piece of wisdom or quote that inspires you?
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Who is your role model and why?
Dr. Paul Farmer, the founder of Partners in Health. His dedication, integrity and commitment to service as a medical doctor is very inspiring.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I'm a good cook and I coach a local soccer team in my village.
What is a favorite memory you have from your time as a CorpsAfrica Volunteer?
The members of the support group singing and dancing when World Connect awarded us a grant for the piggery farm project. The chairman of the support group walked to me and gave me a very tight hug.
What do you regard as the most beautiful word in your native language? What does it mean? Umoza means togetherness.
What's something you're most proud of accomplishing during your service?
My piggery farm project for the HIV support group which works to improve nutrition and bolster household income.
How has CorpsAfrica changed your life or perspective?
My experience with CorpsAfrica has inspired me to work hard for my people. I'm able to find simple and effective solutions to problems in my community by facilitating mindset change from a need-based to an asset-based approach.
CorpsAfrica is...a channel through which passionate African youth have an incredible opportunity to help combat poverty and empower communities in their country.
What are you working on now?
Upon returning to my village in August 2018, I created and manage two sports teams: a soccer team for boys and a netball team for girls. This helps to keep teens from engaging in risky behaviour and provides a healthy activity for youth and a great platform for me to promote safe sexual reproductive health and substance abuse prevention. I have also worked with my netball team on reusable menstrual pad making projects to promote menstrual hygiene in primary schools around my village. This helps to keep girls in school during the time that they have their menses.