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How did the Pothawira Village, which provides sanctuary to so many young orphans, come into existence? Well the actual Chichewa translation of Pothawira is “Safe Haven.” So who decided to dedicate their life to making this safe haven a possibility? That would be Peter Maseko.
Maseko founded the Pothawira Village in 2011 with monetary assistance from Mizzou for Malawi and guidance from the Global Orphan Project. Maseko, along with his wife Emma and 8 children, turned away from the possibility of financial success and sacrificed their lives to serving the Salima community, specifically the growing population of orphan children.
Maseko, a trained medical officer and pastor, runs not just a medical clinic on the 50 acre property of the Pothawira Village, but also manages multiple children’s homes and a full functioning primary school, which doubles as a church. The village is run entirely by volunteers like Peter and his family, that feel they have a calling to help and serve the Salima community.