very south

One week vacation in Blantyre. It feels more like a month than a week. A lot has happened since I arrived at Chileka last Saturday.
I even managed to fall ill for a day and a half. I still feel a little bit of nausea. It’s a long time since I have been in Blantyre during the rainy season. It’s extremely beautiful but very humid. So far it has rained every single day. Everything is lusciously green.

Some stuff I’ve been doing:

  • Getting insight into the administration and management of Chombo Children’s Home, an orphanage for abandoned children in Blantyre. Chombo was opened in June 2005 and now has about 25 kids. And there’s a long waiting list. The concept is similar to SOS Kinderdorf and the extended family tradition of Malawi. Malawian “house mothers” takes care of the Chombo children in the traditional Malawian way.
  • I’ve met with local companies and NGOs that have donated food for Chombo children. I also learnt that a WFP feeding program has started providing a meal at all primary schools around Blantyre.
  • I’ve met 2 Social Welfare Officers of Blantyre City and learnt about the community-based approach Blantyre City is pursuing to take care of orphans. Before abandoned children are referred to an orphanage, these officers investigate and find out if there are any relatives who can take care of them. This week a new girl, aged about 9 or 10 years old, moved to Chombo Children’s Home. She was chased from the house where she was staying and slept outside for several nights, before trying to find shelter in another part of town.
  • I’ve installed Ubuntu Linux on laptops for administrative and management purposes at Chombo. And now I’m teaching how to use OpenOffice. Which is fun.

> More about Chombo:

Books I’m reading:

I finished reading “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith, and now I’ve started “Mukiwa – A White Boy in Africa” by Peter Godwin.

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yours truly,


By nchenga

Nchenga-nchenga is my nickname. is my online playground, scrap book, and on-going collection of bookmarks and interesting quotes. Chiperoni is a Malawian term for cold, grey, rainy weather. I am a bridge blogger somewhere between Basel and Blantyre. The opinions and comments expressed here are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in anyway. So far, this blog is free of advertising or paid articles or similar.


  1. Chiperoni is a kind of drizzle rain which we get in the Shire Highlands during the dry season (mostly May to August). It is named after a mountain in Mocambique, which forces the clouds to rise higher and thus brings an influx of fog and drizzle and cold weather to Blantyre.


    From what part of Zambia do you come? Do you have a digital version of the song that you can upload?
    Is it this album:,,291136,00.html

  2. hi,
    I was wondering what the word “chiperoni” means. My Grandfather (Alick Nkhata) had a song about ‘chiperoni mu Blantyre’ and i was brought up in Zambia, so i am totally clueless/ curious about what the word means.

  3. Hi Nchenga
    Interested in your comments about WPF and School Feeding Program around Blantyre. I’ll be heavily involved in a couple of weeks finding my way around all the schools. It’s a daunting but exciting thought.

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