Educaring Africa travelled to its project base in Namakoma Village in November 2019 to monitor the progress of its major project - the construction of the Tim Russell Community Health Centre in neighbouring Chizula Village. Thanks to support from the Reece Grant, construction of a new external shower and toilet block was being carried out during the visit ahead of borehole drilling and water installation. The project is earmarked for completion in 2020.
Our development partners the Malawi Volunteer Organisation has also teamed up with the Lake Malawi Basin Programme (funded by a number of European governments) to establish a village farm in neighbouring Nangoma Village. The initiative has provided food for our local feeding centres, nursery schools and home based care project, and will also form part of a future women's microfinance empowerment project centred around agriculture and handicrafts.
Educaring Africa travelled to its project base in Kahangi Village in November 2019 to catch up on a number of projects being carried out in the community by its development partners the Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation. Over previous years, Educaring Africa has initiated and funded the construction of two new community toilet blocks, a number of new wells and supported the ongoing development of several women's microfinance groups in the community.
With a vision to always supporting sustainable and environmentally friendly projects, Educaring Africa funded a new stabilised soil brick pressing machine in 2018 (more information here). During its latest visit, construction a new shelter, which will provide year round protection for the bricks to be dried outdoors even during wet season, and accompanying pit latrine began. When complete, this sustainable investment will provide environmentally friendly bricks for community projects for years to come.
For the first time in two years, Educaring Africa and Malawi Volunteer Organisation hosted a group of volunteers from Australia at its base in Namakoma Village near Monkey Bay. The group was given a true taste of everything Malawi has to offer, while engaging with our local communities through a range of projects and activities. With the Tim Russell Community Health Clinic now structurally complete and in its final stages, volunteers contributed to the project by transporting sand for plaster, as well as pitching in with site maintenance and clean ups. Volunteers also visited local schools (both pre school and primary), worked at MVO's feeding centre in Chizula Village and helped host an afternoon sports clinic teaching local children the art of Australian Rules Football! Thanks to the Australian Consul to Malawi and Australian Football International, 20 lucky participants were presented with their own Malawian Aussie Rules style football guernseys in what is to be an ongoing exercise of cultural exchange between Australia and Malawi facilitated by Educaring Africa.