From Neglect to Dreams: How the Tigawane Family is Rescuing Children in Balaka

By Twink Jones Gadama

In the heart of Balaka district, a quiet revolution is underway. Child neglect and divorces have led to a growing number of children being forced into the streets, but one family is determined to change that narrative. The Tigawane family, under the Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust, is on a mission to rescue these vulnerable children and give them a chance at a better future.

During the district’s international day of education commemoration, Balaka police victim support unit coordinator, Robert Njalam’manu, revealed that child neglect and divorces are the main reasons behind the increasing number of children living on the streets. These children face untold hardships and dangers, but the Tigawane family is shining a light of hope in their lives.

One such child is seventeen-year-old Rose Langwani, a student at Andiamo Secondary School. Rose found herself on the streets after her parents divorced, leaving her with no one to turn to. The Tigawane family stepped in and rescued her, providing her with a safe home and the opportunity to continue her education. Despite the challenges she has faced, Rose dreams of becoming a medical doctor and is determined to make her aspirations a reality.

The deputy director of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust, Alessandro Marchetti, shared that they are currently housing around 30 children who have been rescued from the streets. These children are given a second chance at life, a chance to dream and pursue their passions. Marchetti emphasized that with more resources, they could accommodate even more children and make an even greater impact on their lives.

The work of the Tigawane family is not just about providing shelter and education to these children; it is about restoring their dignity and giving them hope for the future. Through their unconditional love and support, they are showing these children that they are valued and deserving of a better life.

The stories of children like Rose serve as a reminder of the resilience and determination that exists within every child, no matter their circumstances. The Tigawane family is not just changing the lives of these children; they are changing the narrative of Balaka district. They are showing that with compassion and dedication, a brighter future is possible for every child.

As we reflect on the work of the Tigawane family, let us be inspired to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children in our own communities. Let us stand up against child neglect and provide a safe and nurturing environment for all children to thrive. Together, we can create a world where every child has the opportunity to dream and succeed.