My name is Elvas Benadeta Singini. I am a 30 year old Malawian female from a family of two children – just my younger brother and me – but on 07 September 2019 I got married to Madalitso Banda so now I have a new family as well as my brother.
I come from Zakeyo Mtonga village, T.A Kampingo Sibande, Eswazini in Mzimba District. Mzimba District is in the northern part of Malawi. I now stay in Mzuzu, which is also in Mzimba District.
I did my primary school education at Enyezini Primary School in Mzimba District from 1996-2003. Then I was selected to attend Ekwendeni Girls’ Secondary School. I was there from 2004-2007. At secondary school I was sponsored by the Mamie Martin Foundation from Scotland. I wrote my O-level examinations in 2007. I passed well although I had to repeat these exams again in 2009 because I had a problem in one of the subjects.
In 2009 I applied to work at the 500 miles Prosthetics and Orthotics Centre at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe and was selected. I began work there in October 2009 and continued there until I went to college.
In 2010 I enrolled at the college of Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technology for a 3-year diploma course which trains people in prosthetics and orthotics, sponsored by 500 miles. I qualified at the top of my class in July 2013.
After my diploma course in July 2013, I started work in September the same year at 500 Miles Prosthetics and Orthotics Centre at Mzuzu central Hospital. It was a very good experience because I was not only involved in fabrication of devices but also doing outreaches in many rural areas as most of our clients in the north didn’t know about our services.
In February 2016, 500 miles sponsored me to do Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics with Human Study e.V. which offers a blended e-learning course. All the theories plus exams were offered on-line but we were doing our practicals in Tunisia because the majority of our class members were from Tunis. Our final practical exam was held in June 2019 at Sirindhorn School of Prosthetics and Orthotics based at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. I was doing school while still working at 500 miles at MCH.
Thanks to 500 miles, I am now a qualified prosthetist and orthotist. On graduation I became the clinical leader at 500 miles at MCH. I thank 500 Miles for all that is has done for me. May God bless its management.
2019 was a wonderful year for me because I graduated and got married but now I am ready to become the manager of the Prosthetics and Orthotics Department at MCH when it is handed over to the hospital in July 2021. I want to help people with disabilities by making artificial limbs for them so that they are able to do some activities own their own. I also want to encourage people with disabilities so that they can participate in life and feel part of their society.
I like going to church, chatting, watching movies, studying and travelling. I dislike bullying and gossip.