September 25, 2012
MIRACLE in Malawi
By the time Annie Mhango celebrated her 17th birthday, she had watched with horror the deaths of three close family members. First her mother died from HIV/AIDS in 2000. Then her father succumbed to the illness the following year. But when her sister-in-law, who had become her guardian, died suddenly from kidney failure in 2002, Annie’s inner reserve was gone. “We were very close,” she says. “She was like a mother to me.”
Without the support of those dearest to her, Annie languished in a state of depression and uncertainty. She kept herself going with a part-time job at a bookstore until one day she discovered MIRACLE, a training program for AIDS orphans operated by the Marianists in Karonga, Malawi, a few hours drive from her hometown of Mzuzu.
“I was accepted into the program last year. I am grateful to the Lord from deep down in my heart that I am here,” says Annie.