Malawi Project Results, 2006-2010


withdrawal Withdrawal
  • The prevalence of child labour declined from 57% as recorded in the baseline survey of 2006 to 19% in 2010.
  • 2,132 children were withdrawn from child labour, consisting of 1,229 boys and 903 girls, with overall enrolment of children at school increasing by 21%.
  • 31 child labour committees were formed, with a total of 310 members.
education Education
  • Four new schools were built: Madzo and Katsuka in Dowa and Kayereka and Mnguzi in Kasungu.
  • Two school blocks were built at Chinguwi school and at Nyagra school, and two four-room school blocks were also constructed: one at Kamaliwa, and a second at Chiliphiza.
  • One school hall was built at Kafukule Community Day Secondary school.
  • Five teachers’ houses were built, four were renovated and 12 school blocks were renovated.
  • Pit latrines were built at Chiwira, Lingdazi and Kaphaizi, and school gardens were created to support withdrawn children. Small grants were issued to support many of these activities.Procurement committees were created with over 300 people trained in correct procurement procedures.
  • 21 children received bursaries and several received starter packs.
  • One school started a feeding programme.
  • 15 Community Based Child Care Centres were established to provide care for toddlers.
  • 121 people attended School Management Committee and Parents & Teachers Association review meetings at which comprehensive plans of action were developed.
  • Communities actively contributed to give donations in kind and labour to achieve many activities.
  • Sewing machines were distributed to Child Labour Committees.
  • Pig feed and medicine were procured and distributed to the 30 pigsties run by the child labour committees.
  • Over 200,000 bricks and over 60 tons of sand were mobilized and used for construction and renovation of school infrastructure.
  • Over 100 teachers were trained on how to effectively handle withdrawn children.
  • Teacher training sessions took place – with all teachers drawing up plans of action – as well as pedagogical review meetings, at which teachers further enhanced their skills.
awareness Awareness
  • Several thousand copies of the project newsletter “Community Link” were produced and disseminated to beneficiaries, which complemented extensive newspaper, TV, radio and online coverage.
  • Awareness-raising campaigns reached about 26,000 children and 13,000 families and nearly 100 community sensitisation meetings were conducted to raise awareness about child labour.
  • 1,111 community leaders and 660 farm and estate managers were trained in child labour issues, including the causes of child labour, the legal framework in Malawi for combating child labour, and the role of community leaders and farmers in eliminating child labour;
  • Theatre for Development performances stimulated communities’ interest in child labour and in identifying areas of concern; Through the performances, 24 people were trained in the final year of the project alone, with nearly 2,500 people reached.
capacity Strengthening Communities
  • The prevalence of water borne diseases was reduced by more than 75% between 2006 and 2010.
  • 143 shallow wells were sunk, 3 boreholes were drilled, and 15 defunct boreholes were rehabilitated.
  • 55 Mark V hand pumps were installed, providing total protection for the wells.
  • Five pit latrines were built at one school and ecological sanitation toilets were built at eight schools.
  • Chlorination of water from contaminated wells and from unsafe sources was carried out, which reduced the number of cases of diarrhea and helped improve school attendance.
  • 118 water management committees and six borehole committees were created and trained on maintenance issues.
  • 189 village health committees were formed and 480 members were trained.
  • 47 government extension workers were trained in the project’s water and sanitation activities.
  • 55 health surveillance assistants and water monitoring assistants were trained.
  • 22 people – including two women – were trained in well construction and hand pump maintenance.
  • 14 people were trained to raise community funds for the installed wells.
  • Over the course of the whole project, key food security and land management achievements included:
  • 189 community sensitization and awareness meetings were carried out, reaching well over 10,000 villagers.
  • 51 awareness meetings on nutrition were attended by 1,433 people and were followed by nutritional training sessions attended by 269 people.
  • Implemented by Lifeline Malawi, the health component aimed to improve access to quality health services in the target areas.
  • Over the course of the whole project, key health achievements included:
  • Outreach clinics dramatically reduced the distance beneficiaries had to travel to health services and the quality of health services had improved.
  • 33 community sensitization and mobilization activities were conducted on a number of subjects. 172 meetings were held in the final year alone on voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) for HIV/AIDS.
  • A new clinic was built in Kasese.
  • About 58,000 people were attended by the outreach clinics – with 11 clinics per month in the final year of the project – and almost 120,000 were attended by the static clinic at Kasese.
  • Over 5,300 mothers received antenatal education and assistance.
  • About 4,200 women received family planning training.
  • About 20,000 children under five years old were attended to.
  • Over 9,000 children in the last year of the project alone were monitored for growth to assess their nutrition status.
  • Almost 12,000 people were tested for HIV/AIDS.
  • Volunteers were trained and medical staff attended refresher courses.
poverty Alleviating Poverty
  • 16 field days were undertaken on forestry and tree planting that helped farmers better understand certain practices. Topics included natural regeneration of trees, the use of mudstoves to reduce the consumption of wood for domestic cooking, irrigation and crop diversification and sustainable land management practices.
  • Communities were trained in conservation agriculture, nursery management and seedling management; training was also undertaken in food preparation and preservation and in small-scale irrigation.
  • 812 nurseries were created.
  • 4,656 fruit seedlings were raised and planted.
  • Over 1.8 million seedlings, including seedlings of Faidhbia albida and Acacia polyacantha for soil improvement, and of bamboo for construction, were raised and planted.
  • 32 hectares were covered with vetivier hedgerows to stabilize the soil.
  • 18 hectares were pegged with contour maker ridges
  • 21 villages were involved in stream diversion and 51 villages were involved in the construction of three small dams.
  • 382 treadle pumps and 31 drip irrigation kits were distributed which allowed the irrigation of diverse crops (cassava, sweet potatoes, maize, tomatoes, cabbage, onions, maize and soy beans).
  • 210 bundles of cassava, 85 bags of sweet potato, 1050 kg of soya beans, and 120 kg of Tephrosia seed were procured and distributed to villagers in the last full year of the project alone. Training sessions on the production of these crops also took place.
  • Farmers were organized into associations to access high-value markets for their products.
  • 2,050 wood-saving mud stoves were built in at least 136 villages, where people received training on wood saving technologies.