- Category: Spirituality In Action
- Written by James Chimpweya
Marriage counsellors in the Blantyre CCAP Synod recently learned how to avoid cultural beliefs and practices that promote the spread of HIV, the virus that causes Aids.
Cultural beliefs such as chimwana mayi, bulangeti ya mfumu, chidyerano, kulowa kufa, kusansa fumbim, fisi and kalawe were some of the issues that took centre stage during the training of couples as counsellors.
The training was organised by the Blantyre Synod Health Development Commission with funding from Bridge Two Project.
HIV and Aids manager for the organisation, Ulanda Mtamba, said they decided to train couples to equip them with the skills needed in counselling.
"This five-day training workshop had 22 couples from Blantyre City, Blantyre North and Thyolo Highlands Presbyteries," said Mtamba.
The youngest couple during the training, Blessings and Towera Gondwe from Thyolo CCAP Church, who have been in marriage for nine months, said the workshop gave them practical skills that would help them in their marriage.
"This workshop will instil love in our family as well as the couples we will be training. We will be able to advise other couples within our congregation not to entertain the cultural beliefs we have been sensitised on during the training," said Blessings.