There is very little interfaith conflict in Malawi, but there is a separation between religious groups. Mangochi Central West CC aims to build on the peace, by creating unity and cohesion where there is separation. Peace, for them, is not just the absence of conflict. They have a vision of creating peace, love and harmony between all people of different religions and tribes. For this they need co-operation, a collective spirit and common purpose. The people of Mangochi Central West are very modest with unemployment sitting at around 70%. With resources being so limited, they have become highly creative about how to raise funds and then how to stretch those funds to get optimal benefit from them. Doing maintenance jobs at the various places of worship using the skills of the group members is one clever initiative. The group is highly organized, committed and passionate about their country, their lives and their future. They present a united front. They are clear about their needs – education, information. Unlike in other parts of Malawi, the women are activel and we at least five of them occupy important positions in the executive of the group They want their children to be able to progress and to grow up seeing their parents being active healthy citizens.
Patrick Edwin Polela
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