History of DAPP Malawi

 

DAPP Malawi is founding a member of Humana People to People http://www.humana.org whose 32 members constitute a movement of development organizations all basing their work on Solidarity, Humanism, Social and Economic Development through long-term development programs.


Over the past 18 years, DAPP has been running vibrant projects related to education, food security, community development and health.


Agriculture: Through Farmer’s Clubs program, DAPP has been organizing and training more than 50.000 smallholder farmers. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has been a partner in the development and implementation of DAPP’s Farmers Clubs Program in Malawi. The overall objective of the Farmers’ Clubs program is to train and organize smallholder farmers to create community structures which will assist them to maximize their returns on labor investment and other inputs, ultimately improving their living standards.


Education: There are four existing colleges which are training quality teachers for rural primary schools. These are Amalika TTC in Thyolo district which was established in 2009, Chilangoma TTC in Blantyre, established in 2003, Dowa TTC in Dowa district, established in 2010 and Mzimba TTC which is still underconstruction. Currently, the TTC’s have graduated 1,100 teachers. The teacher training program is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and is currently completed in two and half years.

 

The DAPP Teachers’ Training Colleges helps students to take responsibility for their education and supports them in achieving their goals. The aim is to nurture the leaders of tomorrow, who are equipped to increase learning to bring about change, and to foster widespread development. The program is based on the idea that it should present to the students and to the world at large a clear perspective.


Health: More than a million individuals have been reached with information on HIV & AIDS right in their own homes with more than 50% who have undergone testing and counseling.Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) which started in 2007 is a program that gives capacity to individuals to make proper decisions on issues which fuel the spread of HIV. This program is in response to the epidemic and is being implemented in different countries in Southern Africa, India and China. TCE uses an interpersonal approach which gives every person room to make his/her decisions and discuss issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in a conducive environment.


Using the one on one approach, every person has a chance to draw his/her risk reduction plan and act according to the sero status without getting infected, re-infected or infecting other people. Through the one on one approach people are able to take a stand in the fight against HIV/AIDS and set themselves free from HIV/AIDS threats. TCE started door to door HIV testing in 2010 with the funding from National AIDS Commission (NAC).


Community Development: Community development has been a long-standing priority of DAPP since 1995. The organization utilizes the “Child Aid” integrated model which has been developed by the Federation Humana People to People. DAPP Malawi has reached over 50.000 families through the Child Aid project over the years.


The Child Aid project fights shoulder to shoulder with the children the families and the progressive forces in the community. The project seeks to fight poverty, hunger, disease ignorance, violence, abuses child mortal¬ity, illiteracy, deforestation and malnutrition. The families are mobilized to improve their income, nutrition, hygiene, health, education, district infrastructure and environment.


Through these developmental programs, DAPP realize that the people of Malawi are very willing to take the necessary steps to improve their own lives and promote development of this country when given the opportunity to do so.

 

Mikolongwe Vocational School: In order to provide new opportunities to the many unemployed youth in Malawi, DAPP established Mikolongwe Vocational School in Chiradzulu District. Since 1997, more than 6.000 youth have been trained in various trainings at the school. The overall ob¬jective of this project is to improve the lives of the adolescent boys and girls by equipping them with vo-cational skills and giving them additional skills to become self-reliant in order to manage their lives well.

 

Both formal and informal training are being offered to the youth from all sorts of backgrounds. The formal trainings take place at the college whilst the informal trainings often take place directly in the communities using available facilities such as youth centers or school blocks.

 

Fund Raising: This project has contributed significantly to the empowerment of the rural communities and improved lives of the vulnerable and poor. Since 1995, DAPP has been raising funds through selling of second hand clothes and shoes to ensure along term sustainability and the expansion of its social and economic developmental programmes. These shops are almost in each districts all over Malawi

DAPP Malawi * P.O. Box 2732 Blantyre, Malawi * Baines Road, Ginnery Corner, Blantyre * email info@dapp-malawi.org