Malawi Project Results, 2010-2011


withdrawal Withdrawal
  • The project improved community services and access to education and funding, helping to reduce the need for child labour and thus withdraw children from labour.
education Education
  • The project constructed two school blocks – thus providing a safe learning environment for over 200 children during the year – increasing enrolment and creating local employment.
  • Rehabilitation of school infrastructure: the project awarded US$3,000 education grants to each of the 33 schools targeted, thus contributing to improved access to high quality education, as well as pupil and teacher retention.
  • Bursaries were awarded to 12 promising but very poor students, thus increasing educational opportunities for some children at risk of child labour.
  • The project conducted teacher pedagogical sessions for 96 teachers, with the potential to benefit more than 5,000 pupils from improved instructive strategies.
awareness Awareness
  • Using community theatre and youth drama groups, the project re-enrolled 25 children and assisted in retaining those already enrolled.
capacity Strengthening Communities
  • Year-round access to clean water was provided to 833 households in 2010.
  • Two boreholes were constructed which provided safe water to 472 pupils and 741 people in 10 villages.
  • Two shallow wells were dug to provide safe water to a total of 39 households.
  • The provision of clean and safe water was accompanied by the training of community water committees for the repair and maintenance of the facilities at a local level.
  • Working together with 42 government community health workers, 6,169 households received High Test Hypochlorite to disinfect water, thus further improving access to safe drinking water. As a result, there were no cholera or diarrheal disease outbreaks in the impact area in the course of the project.
  • The project constructed toilet blocks in six needy schools with a total enrolment of 4,100 and a toilet: pupil ratio of 1: 100. In those schools, the ICLEP II project interventions improved the pupil: toilet ratio to 1: 70, slightly below the national education standard ratio of 1:60.
  • The improved sanitation in these schools was very important to help school retain teachers, and improve school attendance, especially among adolescent girls.
  • In addition, capacity building in Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) for communities around the six schools increased local pit latrine coverage from 60% to 80%, thus extending positive health spin-offs beyond the school environment.
  • Mobile clinics reached 94,000 people with treatment, HIV testing and counselling, maternal and ante-natal services.
  • The preventive school health programme was extended to all 33 schools in the tobacco growing target areas.
  • In order to sustain project impact, the project provided capacity building in the management of integrated childhood diseases, prevention of mother to child transmission and facilitated Under 5s growth monitoring by government community health workers.
poverty Alleviating Poverty
  • The improvement of household food security in the targeted tobacco growing areas was achieved through the promotion of conservation agriculture, crop diversification and small scale irrigation infrastructure and technology.
  • The project constructed a 10,000m3 dam, thus benefitting 324 households with all-year access to water for small-scale irrigation projects.
  • 766,000 tree seedlings were distributed and 1,555 brick stoves were constructed to minimize energy consumption and the time children spend on wood collection and also on cooking.
  • 50 treadle pumps were distributed to farmers, thus enabling them to grow other crops and improve household food security.
  • A total of 63 hectares was put under different crops – such as sweet potatoes, cassava, and soya beans – in demonstration plots in the target communities, benefitting 4,926 villagers in 106 villages with access to modern labour-saving farming techniques, training and cross-learning opportunities.