ALTER EGO FLYERJoining the fight against domestic violence. Alter Ego is a programme aired every Monday 10 till 12noon on Pamtengo radio. This programme is designed to create awareness and educate anyone in the community who is subjected to domestic violence. Our main concern is to reach out the those individuals who are struggling to communicate due to language barriers.

Domestic violence is officially classified as “any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship together, or between family members, regardless of gender or sexuality”.

We think of domestic violence as hitting, slapping and beating, but it can also include emotional abuse as well as forced marriage and so-called “honour crimes”.


It’s abuse if your partner or a family member:

•threatens you

•shoves or pushes you

•makes you fear for your physical safety

•puts you down, or attempts to undermine your self-esteem

•controls you, for example by stopping you seeing your friends and family

•is jealous and possessive, such as being suspicious of your friendships and conversations

•frightens you

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Where can you get help?

You don’t have to wait for an emergency situation to seek help. You can:

•talk to your doctor, health visitor or midwife , send a message via text  to us here on Alter Ego or via our facebook page.

•call 0808 2000 247 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0808 2000 247 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting, the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge (calls from a landline are free)

if you threaten danger immediately call the police at 999 . When the connection to the operator say “police” and enter your address. Even if you will not be able to explain what was going on patrol will be on the way.

You can also call the English helpline number:

0808 2000 247

Free-clock Helpline for Victims of Domestic Violence

(National Domestic Violence Helpline)

conducted through the cooperation of the Women’s Aid and Refuge

Call to this number are free from mobile homes and public telephone booths. This is not so in the case of mobile phones.

Calling C under this number can women and children who experience domestic violence. Use it can also be people who know the victims of violence and want for them to get information, and those who are providing assistance in this area deal with professionally.

People who do not know English, you can ask for an interpreter. This service is free. When you connect, say, “I need a translator for English” (I need a Polish translator) and enter your phone number. Advisor connects to the interpreter and call you back, and keep the translator will translate the conversation.

If you decide to leave

The first step in escaping an abusive situation is realising that you’re not alone and it’s not your fault. Try to get advice from an organisation such as Women’s Aid or Refuge before you go.

If you’re considering leaving, be careful who you tell. It’s important that your partner doesn’t know where you’re going. Planning is very important. If you decide to leave, it will help to take:

  • documents, including birth certificates for your children, passports, any medical records, benefits books, and mortgage or rent details
  • your address book
  • house keys
  • if you have young children: baby items, some clothes and a special toy for each child

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Unika constructs 7 boreholes to supply the Vulnerables with clean and safe drinking water in Nathenje, Malawi.

By Ian Carter Phiri

Founder and Trustee of UK based Unika charity, Munya Sajanga, who also owns the conglomerate of World Cargo International, Pamtengo Radio and Wakachere Limited, has expressed optimism at the steady progress of the construction of Seven boreholes for “Hope For The Elderly” which is underway to assist the elderly and the Vulnerable with clean and safe drinking water around communities in Nathenje, Lilongwe.

Unika is aimed at assisting older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty so that the vulnerable can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives.

According to Sajanga the realisation is her ‘dream come true’ as this comes in awake following her successful visit to Malawi last year that concluded the registration process of her charity whose aim among other objectives is to support and improve the lives of the elderly and other vulnerable members of the society.

Popularly known as Lady Munya to her adoring fans, Sajanga says the construction of boreholes is such a milestone as this she says would cater for clean and safe drinking water for 15 surrounding villages. She therefore pointed out that this was a remarkable development and game changer for the communities around Nathenje specifically Phatha where people are used to drawing water from streams which she said was usually polluted and contaminated.

DSC03125“Am greatly overwhelmed with this development. Hence we are committed to serve these vulnerable people and uplift their lives for a better tomorrow,” she said.
Sajanga has always been instrumental in changing the lives of the vulnerable through goods and financial donations that she renders through shipment by her own organisation, World Cargo International.

In his remarks, CEO of Hope For The Elderly, Thomas Pondani said he was thrilled with the success of the project saying the prospects already proves a success referring to the three already dug boreholes which Pondani said were each measuring to 8 metres in depth with clean and flowing water, he said adding “We should expect to complete the whole project by next week.”

Pondani added “The boreholes will accommodate 15 villages around our impacted areas of Phatha with clean and safe drinking water unlike the unsafe water that the people are drinking as of now.
Hope For The Elderly is situated approximately Twenty – eight Kilometres away from Malawi’s Capital City, Lilongwe along the Lilongwe – Blantyre road. Unika and Hope For The Elderly are in work partnership to elevate and support the elderly and other Vulnerables.

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Unika Fundraising


Unika FundraisingWater is life

But whilst most people in developed countries take the constant supply of safe fresh water to their homes for granted, the lack of clean drinking water in Nathenje Village is a critical problem. The elders of Nathenje Village dream of having access to clean water nearby their homes. They have a long walk down to the dirty watering hole with their jerry can. Water borne diseases like typhoid, cholera and dysentery, and malaria carrying mosquitoes lurk in this dirty water. People then get sick and then can’t work, so the families go hungry. Some even die. Unika is a small charity organisation dedicated to changing that reality for many communities and institutions throughout Malawi by installing simple and accessible boreholes and shallow wells. Please help us bring the wonderful gift of clean drinking water to communities to stay healthy, active and sustained.

Your donations are urgently needed to provide more clean water – because “Water really is Life!”

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