Malawi

Team Hope’s International Development Aid work in this country is delivered through our local indigenous partners. All partners are personally known to Team Hope Staff and we maintain strong on-going relationships with all our partners. We are working for several years now with Chris who heads up New Life anointed ministries. Chris works across a broad range of issues from HIV/AIDS Home Based Care through to orphan feeding programmes.

In our view, a strong relational basis builds trust between Team Hope and our Partners. Trust is a strong basis for then working together, to address some of the issues that face children, their families and communities.

Team Hope is focused through our projects and programmes to create a system of Self-sufficiency with all our in-country partners. We do this through an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) method.

In Malawi, the needs are enormous, but we are currently working on several project that we hope will create self-sufficiency and therefore a genuine hope for the future.

Team Hope through our partners are working in the community of Phalombe, together we are reaching out to Orphans and vulnerable children with nutrition programmes and holistic care activity. Additionally, we are working on Home Based Care within the HIV/AIDS community.

Some of our current Volunteer Savings and Loans projects (*VSL’s) include :

  • Bee keeping – Rising income through expanding the current Bee keeping programme, focusing on the market for both honey and beeswax
  • Goat breeding project – This project is expected to raise both food and income through successfully breeding.
  • Winter cropping programme – Aimed at providing a means of dealing with climate change
  • Our Community Development Project work allow us serve children, their families and communities in need, in a way that allows communities to respond in a holistic way.

Click here to get a better look at all of our Community Development Project activity

Team Hope has been sending Christmas Shoebox gifts to the children of Malawi for several years now. As one of the poorest countries in the developing world the children are hugely impacted by the generosity of the people all across Ireland. Take a look at our 90 second video that has been viewed by over 50 million people worldwide.

As is the case in Malawi, our Christmas Shoebox Appeal is often how we begin working with our in-country partners. Whilst assessing the Pholombe region with our partners we realised a much more immediate ned. Floods had created huge challenges within the region and needed our instant help. It is a simple practical gift for a child in need, welcomed by the child, their family and the community in which they live. These gifts bring smiles, hope and God’s love. Through our partners, they enable us start engage with communities in need. It often helps us build trust between our partner and the communities we serve together.

Click in to our main Christmas Shoebox Appeal pages here where you can read about this, watch this years DVD and so much more.

Chrisy Mukaku lives in Magoloro village, Khumba in Phalombe district. She has 4 young children, and in January the heavy rains led to the flooding, which took the life of one of her relatives.

Chrisy herself lost her home, most of her possessions and all her cooking utensils. With emergency funding received from Team Hope, our partners immediately came to the aid of 370 families, including Chrisy’s. Here (pic) she is receiving a roll of plastic sheeting to make her home habitable again, allowing the family to move back home from the emergency shelter of the local school.

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More recently, Team Hope have begun rolling out its new Village Saving and Loan (VSL) schemes. Whether through Goat breeding, Bee keeping or many other localised projects, all are focused on helping people to help themselves. This is very much in line with Team Hope’s Asset Based Community Development model – developing self-financing capacity and empowerment of vulnerable rural women who lack access to financial services to improve their living conditions and promote gender equity.

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80% of the VSL  group members ventured into agricultural activities like winter cropping for maize, tomato, beans and leafy vegetables for household consumption and surplus for sale to generate income. The money was used to buy improved agricultural inputs like fertilizer and seeds,  leading to higher yields, hence food security. The VSL groups are mostly women, who are vulnerable as they have no control over family assets like land. The involvement of the women is a plus, as it has empowered the women hence contributing to gender equity that the Malawi Government is advocating.

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Vera (pictured) is a widow from Bwanaisa Village who has 4 children and is now refurbishing her house by upgrading to iron sheets bought from VSL profits. Her life and the lives of the orphans have drastically changed as evidenced by their smiles. ‘We will never be soaked in rain again, thanks to Team hope’

A training programme in goat management was also conducted. The knowledge learned from this training led to a 100% survival rate of the 31 goats, all growing  healthily due to proper management. Food security was attained by VSL members who ventured into winter cropping at the onset of the season before rivers and residual moisture dried due to extreme heat (high temperatures) from climate change.

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Mpheni (pictured) had been in dire poverty before the VSL project component. She is a member of the VSL group and received one goat from the goat pass-on programme. She managed to buy 6 more goats on her own from the VSL.

Population 16.4 million
Capital  Lilongwe
Area 118,484 Sq km
% Urban/Rural Divide 20/80
Average Age 17
Life Expectancy 62

Main Languages  English, Chichewa
Main Religions Christian, Islam
GDP ($ per capita –world Avg=$16,000) 226
Main Economic Activity Agriculture, through farming of Maize, Tobacco, & sugar