• DAPP Malawi is in 2019 celebrating 24 years of active involvement in development work with communities through out the country

  • DAPP is implementing 17 projects within education, health, agriculture and community development in 25 district that span across the country's three regions

Case Story – Gusto Sikelo

Gusto Sikelo was born on 27th August 1991. He is the first born in the family of 8 children. He is married with 2 children staying in Selemani village Traditional Authority Kadewere.

Gusto’s Education life has not been easy. He first wrote his Malawi Secondary Certificate of Education examinations in 2010 and repeated in 2012. He then started a bricklaying course at Save Our Souls (SOS) in 2013 but did not complete as his passion was in electrical installation. He later joined DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School (MVS) for his dream course, Renewable Energy and Electrical Installation and graduated in 2015.

Gustos solar installed housee in Selemani Village

Gustos solar installed housee in Selemani Village

Through savings gusto bought a motorbike

Through savings gusto bought a motorbike

To date, he has been involved in piece works as he is not permanently employed. With the knowledge gained from DAPP Mikolongwe Vocational School, Gusto managed to install Solar power in his house which he and his household use for lighting and charging small electrical gadgets like radios and phones . He also installed electricity at two schools in his village. From the piece works proceeds he has managed to buy a motorbike for his easy mobility in his line of work.

Gusto and his brother Blessings Sikelo, who also studies Renewable energy and Electrical installations at DAPP MVS , ususally work as a team. “ I believe in team work. And what better way to put it into practice than working with my own brother. We make a good team” he said.

Apart from doing the piece work, Gusto has other sources of income which include buying farm produce and growing ground nuts. However, he says it’s the electrical piece works that carter for his day to day necessities as the other sources are mostly once in a year.

“I like the work I do at the moment but I am still looking for a permanent job because sometimes piece works are hard to find. I am thankful to my instructors at DAPP Mikolongwe for equipping me with these skills“ he said

 

Women’s club shines at GIZ Kulima MEIRA Project’s National Peer Leaning event

Confronting the belief that women achieve less in society, Mapemba club extraordinarily came out the best to represent batch 5 of GIZ Kulima MIERA Project Peer Leaning Event (PLE) held at the Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe district from the 3rd to the 5th December 2018.

Mapemba club is an all-women’s club with 63 members who solely depend on farming for their livelihood. The club was established in 2014 with an objective of growing crops for food and to sell the surplus so that they can finance their household development.
In 2018, Mapemba club was trained by DAPP Malawi in Business development through the GIZ Kulima MIERA project. The objective of the training was to assist the farmer organization (FO) to develop business strategies that will enable it to grow into a viable farmer organization that has the potential to positively contribute economically to the club member’s families, community as well as the nation.
DAPP Malawi as a business development service provider for GIZ Kulima MIERA project successfully trained 10 Farmer Organizations of which seven are in Salima and three in Dedza districts on collective marketing, farmer organization techniques, business training and negotiation skills in the market in order to grow their businesses so that they provide goods and services at a profit.

Members of Mapemba Club

Members of Mapemba Club

The ladies accredit their sucess to hard work

The ladies accredit their sucess to hard work


During the event at Golden Peacock Hotel, the 10 Farmer Originations presented their plans and achievements following the training of which one Farmer organization was chosen as the outstanding one. Mapemba club emerged the winner through votes beating the other nine farmer organizations.
In her remarks after making it to the national level where they will compete with other batches, the chairperson for Mapemba club, Zainab Abi, thanked DAPP Malawi for the training that has opened their eyes on how to grow their businesses as a club. “Our wish is to be a reliable FO providing services and goods that will enable members and nonmembers to grow socially and economically” said Zainab smiling with satisfaction.
In addition to growing crops, the FO also practices fish farming as an Income Generating Avenue to finance the Famer Organization and member’s development.
Commenting on the development, the Trainer/Coach for the club Mr. Elvis Banda expressed satisfaction over the Famer Organization’s methodology that DAPP Malawi is implementing with the GIZ MIERA project. “It has shown that FO’s can quickly transform into viable FOs if they apply the knowledge attained in the training and coaching sessions under this project. Despite the short implementing period of the FO cycle, the FOs have already shown positive change towards being viable business entities” he said.
The GIZ Kulima MIERA project is being funded by the European Union. It commenced in August 2018 and phases out July 2019.

 

Case Story - Mary Chinkhuni

Mary, one of the newly enrolled tailoring students at DAPP Dowa teachers training college believes this is a dream come true and life changing experience.

“I have always dreamt of being a fashion designer. When I finished my form 4 in 2017, I was hoping to find a place which was affordable for me to pursue my dreams. Then one day, I heard from our Village headman that DAPP Dowa TTC is enrolling adolescent girls and young women in a 3 months tailoring course.” Says Mary

She didn’t waste time and immediately told her parents of this opportunity and on the 19th of August 2018, she found herself at DAPP Dowa satellite center ready to embark on this journey which will draw her closer to her dreams.

Mary Chinkhuni

Mary Chinkhuni

Mary And Her Classmates Perfoming Through Music

Mary And Her Classmates Perfoming Through Music

Being the last born in a family of 3, Mary, who hails from Besele Village in Traditional Authority Nsakambewa, Dowa, didn’t think that this opportunity would come so soon “I come from a home which is not well to do. My parents are farmers and they hardly make enough money to take care of my siblings and I. for this reason, I knew that tuition fees would be a challenge for them even if I was selected to go to a fashion design school. But I thank God for DAPP and this course. It is so affordable that when my parents heard that all I have to pay is MWK6, 500 for the course, they too couldn’t believe it. I was so glad that my parents could afford it” she concluded.

The students are taught how to sew 8 items which include; a school dress, petticoat, shorts, a skirts, caftan, a baby dress, a T-shirt and a national wear. “Our instructors are very patient, loving and caring. They really want us to learn. Honestly, they inspire me to do better and to believe that I can one day be as good as they are at designing clothes” exclaims Mary.

Mary dreams of being a role model for others in her village and share her skills and knowledge with them. She believes that she will one day be a very successful designer and a job creator for those who are struggling to get jobs. “I am so excited for my future, I know that from here, things can only get better for me” she says.

DAPP Malawi works with Sympany from the Netherlands to ensure that adolescent girls and women from villages that surround DAPP Teachers training colleges are empowered with tailoring skills so that they become self-reliant members of society.

CSOs challanged to strengthen collaboration in the fight against GBV

The Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare launched the 16 Days of Activism campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV) on 23 November 2018 at College of Medicine in Blantyre.
Malawi is commemorating the 16 days under the theme “End GBV in the World Work and Tertiary Institution”. The campaign against GBV tallies with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 5 which aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
The event was graced by the Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Honourable Cecilia Chazama MP who called on individuals, Civil Society Organisations and different stakeholders to join her ministry in order to strengthen collaboration in the fight against GBV. She emphasised that GBV issues need to be addressed in all areas not only the work place or tertiary institutions as this year’s theme stipulates.
Adding in her remarks, she highlighted of how GBV is counterproductive and retrogressive as it undermines a country’s productivity, prevents attainment of SDGs and the Malawi Development Goals and Strategies.

Participants During The Solidarity March

Participants During The Solidarity March

Performances Marking The Official Launch Of 16 Days Of Activism And Launch Of Ndiulula Campaign

Performances Marking The Official Launch Of 16 Days Of Activism And Launch Of Ndiulula Campaign


Apart from the 16 Days of Activism activities, the event also marked the official launching of the Ndiulula (I Won’t Be Silent) silent campaign; a joint government and civil society national advocacy initiative whose goal is to break the silence and strengthen response mechanisms on violence against women and girls in the world of work.
The day was characterised by a solidarity march, storytelling from survivors of GBV also spiced up by music and dance performances.
The 16 Days of Activism campaign is commemorated in over 160 countries since its introduction in 1991. In Malawi, it is being supported by various stakeholders which include Action Aid, Plan International, WORLEC, ZATHU, United Nations, Engender Health, SAT, University of Malawi, Timveni, LUANAR, Self Help Africa, MCTU, Norwegian Church Aid, Malawi Human Rights Commission and DAPP Malawi.

150 Villages Declared open defecation free

The DAPP Child Aid projects builds on the idea that the people in a community should work together in a structured way to discuss and come up with solution to issues of mutual interest in particular those that involve the wellbeing and upbringing of the children. The aim is to create safe and conducive environment in which families can raise their children.
The projects are operating in Machinga, Zomba and Neno districts focusing on the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, agriculture as well as climate change.
In Machinga DAPP is working in four Traditional Authorities (T/A) of Nsanama, Mlomba, Nkula and Chamba while in Zomba the project is operating in T/A Nkagula. Currently, district’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene coordination team are carrying assessments to determine if the villages are not practicing Open Defecation.

Verification team visiting communities

Verification team visiting communities

A Latrine constructed in one of the villages

A Latrine constructed in one of the villages


The aim is to establish that people in the target villages are not practising open defecation so as to be qualified for and ODF status by the National ODF taskforce. During the verification phase carried out between 16 July to 25 August 2018, the district teams have declared 150 villages to be open defecation free.
The criteria used to declare a village open defecation free is that all households should have latrines with drop whole covers, hand washing facilities next to the latrine and without any traces of human faeces at any place within the villages.
There 48 villages from T/A Chamba, 40 from Nkula, 15 from Nsanama, 17 Mlomba and 30 from Nkagula which have all been declared open defecation free.

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