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June 2017 – Update


MOET strives to uphold to the best education standards in promoting girls attendance and sanitation at the school. One such way is maintained by constructing a special sanitary room that is now in place and opened in the month.


Outside view of the newly constructed room and  inside view of the room in progress above

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May 2017 – Update


MOET Standard 8 Students wrote the Primary School Leaving Certificate of Examinations in the month after three-months of boarding at the School Campus. 

STD 8 Pupils posing before Exams

The institution organized a Farewell Party for their outgoing pupils with their teachers just before sitting for their examinations and the pictures below are moments of events during the celebration period.

Students’ section during the party.            Teachers section during the party.


 During the party, remarkable achievers were awarded with assorted gifts

MOET has graduated a total of 31pupils (11 boys and 20 girls) in Standard 8 just soon after writing Primary School Leaving Certificate. Their packed luggages with them departing also means that the current school registration is minus their total number until the time when their results shall be out.




Apart from Farewell Party and Examinations for Standard Eight pupils, aquaculture training was provided to one of MOET staff, Mercy Ngongonda who is responsible for Permaculture Outreach Prrogram. Mercy will use the attained skills from the training to supervise aquaculture activities at MOET. Pupils also were busy during the month acquiring a number of skills from the vocational skills and training centre.


Mercy Ngongonda among the trained           Pupils learning tailoring


Mangochi Orphan Education and Training previously organized Permaculture Training where among other activities participants were trained on how the can manage tree nurseries. The pictures below are testimonies of the capacity built to the household members who attended the trainings.


Some of the members participating during the training and seedlings raised out of knowledge gained during permaculture trainings. Members shall be sell surplus seedlings to improve their household incomes.


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March 2017 – Update

New Projector

As part of vocational skills development program, apart from computer operation training, learners had an access to LCD projector viewing. During this time, pupils had chance to viewing themselves in the different activities they had been performing in class, at the playground and during entertainment activities like drama and variety shows. This also gave them chance to refresh their brains.

The projector is a very welcome addition to the classroom.

Heartfelt thanks to Solon Foundation for donating it to the school!  (some years ago they donated computers also) is a charity based in Canada that works with the most marginalised countries in the world.





Progress on academics

“Teach a child while young, and will not depart from the way”. MOET pupils are always kept busy and encouraged to use the library to develop their academic prowess. During the month Standard 1 pupils were frequent users of the library facility. We appeal to the general public to donate more books to our library to suffice the ever-growing number of orphan students at the school.


Permaculture and kitchen gardens

March is an important month when green gardening is affected to take advantage of soil moisture. Vegetables grown are essential as they are a source of vitamin A essential for sight of the pupils in the library. Lakeshore dwellers are malnourished due to inadequate access of vegetables in their diet as they mostly get proteins from fish. In the month, mustard and tomato plants were sown and to be transplanted in the prepared sink beds below.

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February 2017 – Update


The month of February is popularly known to be in short supply of food in Malawi. MOET extended the feeding program to provide daily lunch to pupils as shown in the picture below:-

1 Feeding Program

Fish harvesting exercise took place from one of the Fish ponds at MOET during the month. About 7 kilograms of fish amounting to MK21, 000.00 was realized and provided relish to children during their lunches.

2 Fish harvesting

Fish harvesting in progress

4 fish   3 fish


More households anticipate for an improved food reserves as rainfall distribution so far has  been  generally fair. Larger areas have had adequate rains save for few where rains did a big break causing wilting of crops within the same region. The pictures are an indication of field progress this far.

5 crops    6 crops


Wide gaps  in maize stages and wilting contributed by dry spells experienced in the area.

7 crops

Above: Maize drying prematurely due to lack of Rainfall as of February 2017


Organic farming and green gardening

This is one of the holistic ways of realizing the value of soil and water. Sunken beds have been prepared ready for direct sowing. Children learnt how they can retain moisture and improve the value of soil to avoid wilting of crops easily.

8 seedbeds

Seedbeds and nursery for vegetables

9 seedbeds


Determination and hardworking is one of the MOET disciplines instilled in pupils and staff.. MOET conducted manual work on 3rd February 2017.The activity fosters interaction and openness between each other regardless of position and gender. Duties on the day are indicated in the pictures below.

10 Patterson toiling

MOET Director, Patterson Majonanga setting the standards.

11 charles weeding


Leading by example: Charles Matabwa MOET headmaster busy uprooting weeds during the manual work.



The activity was followed by an award presentation ceremony  to staff members who worked harder during the past academic year.

 12 Lydia

The Deputy Head teacher, Lydia Kadango above was amongst  those awarded alongside Limbani Chauluka (below)

 13 Limbani

Esther Gondwe was proud to have received her award too.

14 Esther


Wildlife Club Tour to Maldeco Aquacultures and Tropex Limited

Apart from being contented with MOET Aquaculture and Botany initiatives, pupils are given the opportunity to also see the industry side of the activities. During the month students had chance realise the value of Fish keeping and flower from the above mentioned institutions.

15 Tropex


At Tropex Limited, they learnt   a lot on how trees are propagated and raised.

 16 Maldeco Aquaculture

 Above: Pupils on board to Maldeco Aquaculture Limited and below are pupils at the Aquaculture

 18 Maldeco Aquaculture  17 Maldeco Aquaculture

One of the fish ponds at Maldeco Aquaculture Limit

Tree Planting Day at MOET

The activity took place on 20th February 2017. This activity supports the Malawi government’s efforts in tree planting initiative. At MOET the exercise also support permaculture and action on natural medicine program. 500 trees were planted on the day .

19 Treeplanting

Above are Pupils being demonstrated on how to dig holes for tree seedlings

20 Christina

Permaculture and Outreach program officer, Christina Ngongonda (in red skirt) presenting tree

Seedlings to MOET learners for planting.

21 Planting

Pupils witnessing the planting success.

22 Teachers tree planting

MOET  teachers   off  to their tree planting site

23 pupil treeplanting

A MOET pupil planting his tree on tree planting day

24 tree planting

Some trees like Mb’awa (Bauhinia toningi )and Mlambe (Adansonia Digitata ) were planted along river banks to avoid soil erosion.


Trees plated during the exercise  were natural trees  Adansonia Digitata (Mlambe) Bauhinia toningi (Mb’awa) and others.

Some were fruit  trees like  Pawpaws, Mangoes, (Mangifera indica) and Lemons,  not forgetting the most important tree Moringa Oleifera.


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January 2017 – Update


During the month of January 2017, many learners performed well in their respective classes. On average, the pupils shown below were selected as overall best performers for January 2017.

Nancy & Shalif


From left above: 

Nancy Jafali and Shalif Omar – Best perfomers at MOET nursery school

The above named students are well disciplined and always listen attentively when in class hence their best performance.


Daudi Dinaya amongst the best performers


Daudi Dinaya is12 years of old and comes from Chipoka Village in the Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi District. He is in Standard 5. Daudi is a single orphan who stays with his mother.

nancy & Daudi


Nancy Phiri (right) poses with her teacher alongside her competitor Daudi Dinaya (left)

Nancy Phiri who is 9 years of old came second after Daudi Dinaya. She comes from the same Chipoka village like Daudi. She is the best challenger to Daudi who always differ by a whisker in marks.



The institutions continue to maintain the fish ponds. Fishes are doing well as no dead fish have so far been spotted. Harvesting will be effected soon and we anticipate our school Feeding Program to benefit from these.



Most Malawians experienced a hunger period during the lean month of January 2017. Despite the Food Aids being distributed monthly with support by the World Food Program (WFP) which is selective to some households, at least 40% of the population faced hunger. The family below (a mother three children) is found in one of our target areas and the picture was taken when they had mangoes for their lunch.

Hunger at MOET_1

Two of the three children above attend MOET Nursery School. School Feeding Program at MOET during school days relieves the children from hunger in their families.

Hunger at MOET 2

Children captured taking lunch at MOET

Due to the hunger situation, MOET’s School Feeding Program extended to daily for the Orphans to benefit from. This reduced the impact of hunger to the Orphans in the target areas.



The 2016/2017 National Tree Planting season was officially launched by the President on Wednesday  January 25th  2017 at Kalambo Primary School in Lilongwe, the Capital City of Malawi under the theme: “Malawi forests: Rooted in the past and branching into the future”


In January 2017, Mangochi Ophans Education and Training (MOET) led the target communities in gathering resources for the tree planting exercise as well as the practicing of permaculture as one way of conserving the environment to mitigate drought and hunger. Among the trees gathered are the medicinal value neem and molinga as seen below.

MOET against deforestation 1_plants   MOET against deforestation 2_seedlings

Tree seedlings ready to be planted at MOET



Our orchard at MOET was established by the Mercer University Students in 2010. Their contribution is quite memorable as Orchard is progressing well. We have just sown and mulched more fruit seeds as illustrated in the diagram.

Orchard 1  Orchard citrus trees


In January  2017, having seen that a lot of students both at primary and secondary levels were not reporting for school due to hunger. MOET tried to reach some of these learners with food items, exercise books, soap and others. This proved to be very fruitful  to them since there was now a higher attendance of learners at school .

Outreach program 1  Outreach program 2


Secondary school students  have also benefited from the Outreach program




MOET encourage conservation of the natural environment and wise utilization of the resources through Permaculture. Tree planting is one of the important activities within the Permaculture implementation. January was a preparatory month a head of the Tree Planting Day in February and below are the seedlings being put in order and equipment to be used during the day.

Permaculture 1

New tree seedlings raised in tubes ready to be planted


MOET Permaculture is extended to its target areas which cover a total of 30 villages. MOET Permaculture activities are implemented in clusters and are 7 Clusters in total for the 30 Villages. The Picture below is one of the Clusters being trained on how they can raise and plant seedlings.

Permacuture 2

Members of the clusters are equipped with skills and equipment to implement permaculture activities such as establishing kitchen gardens, tree nursery beds for natural and fruit trees replacement etc. Watering cans shown below were distributed to the clusters for communities to use in managing trees.

Permacuture 3

Watering cans for outreach program beneficiaries in Permaculture




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July to December 2016 news from Patterson – the MOET School perspective

Friday, 6 January 2017

July to December 2016 Newsletter

Pattersons July to Dec 2016 blog update with background

Pattersons July to Dec 2016 blog update with background

For whole newsletter with photos see PDF and Word doc attached.

2016 has been another very interesting year for us, and we wish all of our students, staff members and frieds all over the world an even more prosperous 2017!

Future Nursery School Visit

Mangochi Orphan Education and Training (MOET) programmes are a source of inspiration for most of the educational institutions within and beyond its catchment area. Below you can see visitors from Future Nursery School which is about 15kms away from MOET. They came to here to learn on what makes it different from other schools.

The kids were taken around MOET campus, and fresh lemon grass tea from our gardens was served for them.

After a thorough exploration of the MOET surroundings, the visitors gathered for an informal briefing.

Sports Day

The development of skills is one of the activities implemented at MOET and sports form part of the skills to be imparted for thedevelopment of the children. Below are pictures of different sporting activities showcased on the MOET sports day this year.

“ON YOUR marks!…” The girls are getting ready for the marathon, determined to cover the total of 6kms. The day’s weather was good for the sporting activities and as a precautionary measure, a rescue vehicle was used to follow the group.

MOET pupils are discovering their potential in sports.

Patterson and Secondary School graduates take part in playing volleyball together with Rowan Cole as one way to develop sporting activity at MOET




 MOET programmes attract the services of volunteers for them to gain experience, and for us to make use of them in our academic and extension work. Johannes Lau is one of the enthusiastic volunteers, who, until recently, taught at MOET.

Johannes Lau makes a symbolic speech on the beaches of Lake Malawi in Cape Maclear. MOET and its staff usually arrange a farewell party as a way of appreciating the contribution of volunteers.

MOET teachers and staff staffs having fun at the beaach with our voluteer.
Putting on life vests, Johannes Lau and Rowan Cole join the staff on board for a sunset cruise. Rowan Cole, a one-month volunteer from England was honoured for his volunteer work at MOET as well.

Part of the staff, and both volunteers on the boat

Secondary School Students

MOET conducts coaching to secondary school students every summer holidays. This helps them keep their heads fresh and focus more on what they aim to achieve by the end of their academic years.

Having discovered the importance of books in education, secondary school graduates are busy re-arranging books and decorating the library as they are waiting for their examination results. This helps setting an example to primary school students to love their books even more.

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MOET gives as well as receives – Pattersons Q4 2015 Update

MOET gives as well as receives locally

It’s been a really busy quarter with so many positive things to report on from MOET


MOET receives help and donations, sourced outside of FOMOE funds:

1. ELMA workshop

In November, MOET Director Patterson Majonaga and accountant Josephine Saidi took part in a 3-day workshop offered by ELMA in Lilongwe. The topics of the workshop was mainly financial management.


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Patterson’s Summer Term Newsletter

First of all, the photos below show a very good morning for MOET teachers as veteran teachers Susan, Hilary, Rosemary and Mike bring in new teaching techniques in Mathematics funny, educational and joyful learning introduced to MOET teachers to make a difference. Read the rest of this entry »

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Government Examination 6th to 8th May 2015 preparations

It is that time of year when Standard 8 students start boarding at MOET and spend most of their time reading and group discussions and revising intensively for the May Certificate of Primary Education exams. Their teachers also offer individual and group assistance even during their free time.

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Christmas 2014 at MOET

As usual MOET School organizes a Christmas party for the children at the end of every year. 2014 Christmas party was very successful. Children were served with food, drinks, snacks and finally they had a disco.  These are rare moments to orphans and is treated as an annual event

Christmas 3 Feb 2015

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