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VOLUNTEER WITH CHINANSI AND TOUCH LIVES OF MANY VULNERABLE PEOPLE!
often described as ďthe warm heart of AfricaĒ, because of the warm welcome
everyone receives from itís people, is among one of the poorest countries in
volunteer programs will be based in the Balaka District of Malawi, situated
nearby to some of Malawiís biggest tourist attractions such as Monkey Bay and
the National Reserve Park. The demographic of the Balaka district varies,
ranging from the town center to smaller, more resort villages. Balaka depends
on the programs offered by organizations, such as The Chinansi Foundation, to
help alleviate the vast array of social injustices that the people face daily.
Such as, food insecurity, environmental degradation, poor health standards,
poor education system (especially regarding young girls), issues with water and
sanitation, poor livelihood of orphaned vulnerable children (OVCs), and the
alarming prevalence of HIV and AIDS.
The Chinansi Foundation Projects
Sustainable Agriculture Project. This project helps to eradicate poverty and
hunger within the area by giving the tools and knowledge for families to
sustain a reliable food source for themselves through the use of manure making,
bee keeping, the building of fish farms, as well as like-stock production.
Health Education Project. This project focuses mainly on safe
motherhood and environmental health issues
Education Support Program. By helping to provide support for paying
school fees (something that proves to be extremely difficult in Balaka) and focusing
on girl-child education, this program helps the youth of Balaka remain in
school with the supplies that they need in order for them to successfully
complete their education aiding their future.
Tsogolo Lathu Children Project. Even
with outside support, for some, schooling is not a possibility. Chinansiís
Tsogolo Lathu project aims to help to aid these childrenís futures as well by
educating them in life skills and tools so that they may take what they have
learned and apply it to a useful job that will in turn help to support
themselves and their families financially.
Gogo Msamalira Ana Project. The most dear to heart project for Chinansi
is for the Gogoís of Balaka, which means grandmothers. Due to HIV/AIDS, there a
countless number of orphaned children, most of whom as then left to be cared
for by their elderly grandmothers. Some grandmotherís in Balaka are forced to
take care of 10 to 15 children at times. This project aims to alleviate some of
the burden that these Gogoís then suffer from by providing monetary loans for
times of need, HIV/AIDS education. **
Your Role as a Volunteer
work from our volunteer base and main headquarters located in Balaka. The
length of your stay will depend on the individual. We would request a stay of
at least 2 weeks. You will work in teams with Chinansi Foundation staff members
and members of the local community for a variety of projects that we have to
offer. Some of the roles and work that would be required from our volunteers
are as follows:
education of life skills to youths in the area.
HIV/AIDS prevention courses to village communities.
fish farms in surrounding villages.
your stay in Malawi, support and guidance for you will be provided of our
organization and staff as well as members of the community. The Chinansi
Foundation will provide you with competent assistance in whatever program you
choose to work with and help you to answer any questions you may have or advice
you may need during your stay with us.
A fluency in
English is necessary.
qualifications are necessary in order to participate in Chinansiís volunteer
volunteers share a home close to the main center of Balaka. The home is has a
large and spacious main area, kitchen (supplies and refrigerator included), a
bathroom (with toilet and shower) with running water, as well as a large backyard. Included in the cost of your volunteer visit,
all meals will be provided for you, 7 days a week at this home.
forementioned, Balaka is situated close by to almost all of Malawiís main
tourist attractions. Public transport is available for you to visit all of them
safely. On your days off of our volunteer project, feel free to enjoy all that
Balaka has to offer! Visit the always busy market, selling fresh food and
goods, the many lodges that surround the outskirts of the district where
football games may be watched and a cold beverage can be had!
your desired time of volunteer stay, the cost varies. Please send us an e-mail
to email@example.com for further information.