Partners in Malawi
Click on a partner below to find out more about their work improving the lives of children affected by HIV & AIDS in Malawi.
Community Partnership for Relief & Development (COPRED)
Bordering Mozambique, Mwanza District lies in Malawi’s Central Region. Widespread poverty, malnutrition and the ongoing impact of HIV & AIDS means that life expectancy for men and women living here is just 45 years.
Working across 15 villages, COPRED with support from Egmont, will organise 300 AIDS affected households into business groups. Groups will be trained in business skills, financial literacy and book-keeping and helped to establish savings and loan schemes, enabling them to access credit to pursue their income generating plans. The project plans to increase the nutritional status and economic security of these households, enabling them to meet the needs of the 2,000 vulnerable children in their care.
The Dalitso Trust
In Malawi, more than 1 in 12 children dies before their 5th birthday. The Dalitso Trust has worked since 2002 in Malingunde, central Malawi, to reverse this trend and improve the lives of the children within their local community. Dalitso provides support for small-scale improvements in people’s lives, and has a strict ‘no hand-outs’ ethos, preferring to support projects which will have long-term benefits within the community.
These include simple but effective initiatives such as: building a latrine, removing standing water from near people’s homes, building refuse pits, constructing efficient cooking stoves and helping to establish communal vegetable gardens. They also run a vaccination programme for local children. Dalitso’s unique approach aims to achieve long term, sustainable change for very little monetary investment.
HIV & AIDS in the Workplace Intervention (HAWIP)
HAWIP began as a way for staff from Rumphi District Hospital to support the orphaned children of colleagues who had died as a result of AIDS. In 2008, when the number of orphans was too many for staff to support, Egmont funded a project to deliver nutritional support to these children.
HAWIP now provides voluntary testing and counselling services and AIDS education programmes to the communities of Rumphi. Vulnerable children are supported into education with the payment of school fees, and AIDS-affected women are given start-up capital to pursue home businesses that provide sustainable income for their families. Since Egmont funding began, the HIV prevalence rate for Rumphi District has dropped to 7.6% - well below the national average of 10.5%.
Life Concern (LICO)
Based in the rural north of Malawi, LICO’s work focuses on mothers-to-be and young women to help prevent the occurrence of mother to child HIV transmission, which currently accounts for 10% of new infections in the district.
Cultural practices, low literacy levels due to high school dropouts, and early marriages put young women and girls particularly at risk of HIV in this region. LICO is committed to testing all pregnant mothers in the community, conducting outreach couple testing in rural areas and running awareness campaigns to reduce transmission of HIV to newborn babies. Women living with HIV who have just given birth are being provided with sustainable nutrition to enable them to exclusively breast-feed their babies reducing the chance of transmission from mother-to-child. The project provides the foundation for the country-led movement towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children.
MicroLoan Foundation (MLF)
The MicroLoan Foundation aims to kickstart rural economies across sub-Saharan Africa by allowing many impoverished Malawians to access credit for the first time. The Foundation focusses on lending to women, traditionally the primary providers for the family, and now disburses up to 50,000 loans a year.
The Foundation uses an innovative peer-lending system of micro-loans and provides business mentoring. Small women's groups "cross guarantee" lending to members and as a result 99% of the loans, plus interest, are returned to the Foundation. Egmont funding has enabled MLF to expand its reach in Southern Malawi to help families affected by AIDS in the region generate sustainable incomes.
Kwithu Women's Group
Over 60% of the population of Mzuzu, in northern Malawi, live in unplanned settlements and 34% of families live on less that $1.25 a day. As a result many children are denied the chance to progress to secondary education and, across the country, public secondary schools only take 30% of eligible primary school leavers.
Kwithu Women’s Group is a voluntary organisation which provides vulnerable children and children orphaned by AIDS in the Luwinga Ward of Mzuzu with early-years educational support and a school feeding programme from their centre. Over 300 children are offered after school tuition in English and Maths at the Centre and also fed three times a week at the Centre. This project will identify and fund 52 academically gifted, vulnerable children from Kwithu’s programme to attend a mixture of both public and private schools as boarding and day scholars.
National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi (NASFAM)
The farming sector in Malawi has been devastated by the impact of AIDS, with the loss of many thousands of adult farmers and the impoverishment of families and communities as a result. NASFAM focuses its work on helping small-holder farmers (who support 70% of the rural population in Malawi) increase their social and economic productivity.
Since 2006 Egmont has funded projects that promote adult literacy and improve the nutrition of vulnerable children and their families. The ability to read is crucial in the running and forward-planning of a farm, however small. Being unable to manage finances and activities, follow manuals on crop production, or warnings on chemicals and fertilisers jeopardises a Malawian farmer, and their family's chances of surviving into the next growing season. Currently NASFAM is delivering adult literacy classes to men and women farmers in the Chigonthi, Ukwe and Chiwamba areas of Lilongwe North.
Youth Care Ministries
Since 2000, 934,000 people have died of AIDS-related diseases in Malawi. The effect of growing up without parents, or the support of an extended family network, has led to a lack of education and employment amongst many of Malawi’s young people rendering them particularly vulnerable to infection. Across the country, some 130,000 children under the age of 14 are HIV+.
Youth Care Ministries, based in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, where the high population density has squeezed government services and increased competition for employment, is being supported by Egmont to provide vocational training to 28 vulnerable young people. The youths, living with HIV or selected from families that cannot support them, are being trained in in-demand vocations such as tailoring, food production and carpentry as well as developing their marketing and business skills. By the end of the project each graduate will have the skills necessary to establish and maintain their own business or gain employment, enabling them to provide both for themselves and for their extended families.