St John of God in Malawi loses funding over ‘child abuser’ Catholic’s Irish brother

Misean Cara, a charity that has supported St John of God order in Malawi with over €2 million (about K1 200 000 000.00), has suspended its finding, citing “allegations of abuse against a former school principal and member of the order”—Brother Aidan Clohessy.

Brother Aidan Clohessy

Last week Nyasa Times published a 10-month investigation by Micheal O’Farrel of Ireland’s Mail on Sunday (MoS) and Collins Mtika of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Malawi (CIJM) that unravelled Brother Clohessy child abuse escapades from the 70s.

The first allegation was made in 1985; and, by 2014 they were further allegations bringing the number of those alleging abuse to 20.

The report by MoS and CIJM further revealed that the director of St John of God in Malawi Charles Masulani claimed knowing nothing of the “multiple counts of child abuse in Ireland” despite maintaining weekly correspondence with Brother Clohessy.

And, now, Misean Cara, which in 2015/2016 spent €300 000 (about MWK 180 000 000) on community mental health outreach run by St John of God brothers in Malawi said it is “extremely concerned” about issues raised involving Brother Aidan Clohessy.

Misean Cara is funded by the Irish government through its overseas development programme Irish Aid.

The Irish Times reported this week that Misean Cara had requested “a number of clarifications” from the order.

According to the paper, Misean Cara said that in entering into funding and contractual arrangements, the St John of God Order (SJOG) had given an “undertaking to Misean Cara that it has in place a safeguarding policy and that this policy is fully implemented in respect of this project.”

In a statement the charity organisation said “as a result, any funding we have provided in respect of this project has now been suspended.”

The statement further said the charity will be carrying out an “audit of compliance” by St John of God with their contractual undertaking to Misean Cara “regarding child safeguarding.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the department which funds Irish Aid, told Irish Times that it is aware of the recent allegations against a member of the order.

  • Further reporting by Elaine Edwards, Irish Times.
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Hatton
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Abale tawalolani anthuwa azikwatira mwina anawa akanapuma. Anthuwatu akuononga mabanja mdziko muno. A good number of them have specialized in dating widows.
Mau a Mulungu amatilamulira kuthandiza azimai amasiye koma Thandizo lake silimenelo.

Protector
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Child Abuse is indefensible and Safeguarding standards have to be non negotiable. Irish health services were told by the St John of God Order that Brother Aiden the Director till 2012 in Malawi would never be let work. With Children following a number of serious allegations. The Order paid Compensation to a number of victims in Ireland while he was in Malawi . Vunerable Children staying in his house ?

Citizen
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Watsala Brother Andrew Makocho wa ku Montfort SNE. He has a wife a Kamoto at Lilongwe TTC and has twin children with her. He also has a boy child with a married woman a Mrs Rambiki. Mwanayo nkhope ngati Makocho kufanana ngati mbewa ndi khoswe. Akapita ku Lilongwe ku ntchito amakagona kwa mkazi wakeyo ku Lilongwe TTC yet amati ndi brother ndi brother

Chimango
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affecting the health care of thousands of Malawians suffering from mental health problems poor journalism

Headteacher
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Issues of the 70s and NYASATIMES decided to report now, these are the results of reporting without foresight. It would only be fair for NYASATIMES to fund the institution.

Cathetine
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Koma fellow Malawians let’s be responsible our patients will suffer if we keep on relying on two mental hospitals for mental health services tatami kodi

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