• 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

Satellite Tailoring course leaving a mark

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Martha Diamond, a 24-year-old lady from Chiwaya Village, Traditional Authority Nsakambewa in Dowa District never thought she would ever be a self-reliant individual. The 24-year-old who dropped out of secondary school in form 2, heard about the DAPP Satellite centre’s four months tailoring course and didn’t waste time to enroll “After finding out, I enrolled as I had nothing to do” she said.

In November 2018, Martha graduated and went on to start her own tailoring business from which she has managed to save Mk 150,000 within seven months which she wants to buy a sewing machine. “Because of my hard work and determination, I have managed to save that money. Apart from that, I have managed to buy 60 bags of groundnuts which I am keeping and plan on selling before the next planting season” she said. Martha makes between Mk 5,000 – Mk 7,000 per week through her tailoring business.

Martha says she has seen the fruits of this project “most of my classmates like me are school dropouts and came here without any knowledge of tailoring. But as time went by, we have learnt a lot from our instructors and are thankful that the skills we have now can never be taken away from us” she said

“To DAPP, I just want to say thank you for through this project, you have changed my life” exclaimed Martha.



Case Story - Monica Patrick

Monica Patrick of village Headman Soka, Traditional Authority Dambe in Neno District is a 44 years old woman divorced woman with five children.

She had never had a pit latrine but after attending a village meeting which was conducted by DAPP field officers under the DAPP Child Aid project which aims at complementing the government of Malawi’s efforts through community empowerment in making decisions and taking actions to improve the wellbeing and upbringing of children which helps to create and ensure a safe and conducive environment for  children, she learnt a lot and made a personal decision to construct her own pit latrine in her house hold.

Hygiene practices are encouraged in the project

Hygiene practices are encouraged in the project

Children are also encouraged to use the Latrines

Children are also encouraged to use the Latrines

In the meeting I learnt that if I continue using my neighbors' latrine it will bring shame to my family. “In addition to that, I learnt that having no pit latrine in my household would attract diseases like cholera and diarrhea”. Because of this she decided to dig the pit by herself.

She molded the bricks and started to construct the housing with assistance from one of her children. She managed to make the roof and her children thatched it with grass. Then installed the toilet drop hole cover and Tippy tap with soap.

“Since then my household is free from diseases caused by poor hygiene and sanitation. I am now glad that my village is now open defecation free thanks to DAPP” said Monica.

Planning is Key in Development – Blantyre District Development Plan and Social Economic Profile Launched

On 10 May 2019, DAPP Malawi through Chilangoma Teachers Training College (TTC) participated in the launch of the Blantyre District Development Plan (DDP) and Socio-Economic Profile (SEP).
The launch took place at Chisenjere Ground in Lunzu, Blantyre district.
The Director of Rural Development Ms. Malango Bottoman was the Guest of Honour at the event and was joined by Government Officials, Development Partners, Non-Governmental Organizations and the Private Sector.

Display made by students from Chilangoma

Display made by students from Chilangoma

Students from DAPP Chilangoma presenting

Students from DAPP Chilangoma presenting

Ms. Malango emphasized on the importance of local development planning for all the councils in the country.
“Planning is a key area in development, which tries to zero on the importance of sustainable local development,” she said.

Blantyre District SEP contains the situation analysis of the current state of development gaps and opportunities that exists in the District while the DDP contains a monitoring and evaluation framework that will be used to track the progress in the implementation of the projects.
Student teachers and Tailoring students from DAPP Chilangoma made displays of some of the products made during their course of training.
The development and launch of the documents was made possible with the financial support of USAID and UKAID through Local Government Accountability and Performance (LGAP).


Case Story – Dora Chituanga

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Hailing from Likhonyowa village in traditional authority Nchinguza in Machinga district, Dora is a 29-year-old married woman with four children as well as a volunteer and care group leader for the DAPP Nutrition project being implemented in the district.

 The poject also known as Screening, Care and Nutrition for the Management of Severe and Moderate Malnutrition in Children Aged 0 to 2 Years project is being implemented in the area of Traditional Authority Nchinguza, an area prone to faminine and records higher cases of malnutrition.“Since the project started in October 2018, I have learnt a lot. For example, I was taught on the importance of cooking and eating foods from all 6 food groups, the foods pregnant women should eat, exclusive breastfeeding techniques and supplementary foods that can be given to children after six months to ensure that they are not malnourished. The project has also taught me a lot on hygiene issues, DAPP field officers hold open days where they teach us how to construct rubbish pits, pit latrines and hand washing mechanisms as well as holding cooking demonstrations and constructing firewood saving stoves among others”, she saidDora uses the knowledge gained to further spread the word and teach her friends on the importance of the things mentioned above. “I am a volunteer and also a beneficiary of the project, I believe it is right to teach others what I have learnt and just not keep everything to myself” she said The one-year project aims at increasing malnutrition screening, access to nutrition services and reducing acute malnutrition in children aged between 0 – 2 years old as well as community counselling to pregnant and lactating mothers including those with malnourished children.



DAPP Child Aid project transforming lives

Development Aid from people to People (DAPP) is a nonprofit organization which is working hand in hand with the Government of Malawi as well as local and international organizations in implementing social and economic development activities in Education, Agriculture, Health, Community Development and Fundraising through the sale of second hand clothing in order to improve the lives of local Malawians.

With this in mind, DAPP Malawi using its Social Development Fund (SDF) component introduced a one year Child Aid project in Machinga district in November 2017 with the aim of improving good sanitation and hygiene practices at household level.

Hand Washing Prevents The Spread Of Diseases

Hand Washing Prevents The Spread Of Diseases

Households Are Encouraged To Construct Dishracks To Keep Their Plates Clean

Households Are Encouraged To Construct Dishracks To Keep Their Plates Clean

The project implemented in Traditional Authority Chamba in group village headman Mapata, Mitawa and Puteya, reached 581 families and a total of 2,240 beneficiaries in its one year implementation period.

Through the project, beneficiary with the guidance of project unit leaders (PUL) managed to construct pit latrines with drop hole covers, Tippy taps which are a hand washing mechanism, rubbish pits and firewood saving stoves as well as encouraging children to go to school and community members to establish vegetable gardens to ensure they are eating balanced meals. With the increase in sanitary facilities, the implementation catchment area recorded Cholera and Diarrhea cases.

Mr Paul Mponya who was the PUL in the area said “the project was truly a success but it also faced some challenges. For instance, some of the households found it difficult to find bottles for the construction of the tippy taps while some found it a challenge to mold bricks for the construction of toilets” he said . Having met these problems, Mr Mponya encouraged the community members to join Village Saving Loan Groups in order for them to save money and make things happen.

“From conversations I have had with the beneficiaries, the most important aspect of the project has been the pit latrines and tippy taps as the majority say these have helped to reduce diseases like cholera and diarrhea in the area” Mr Mponya said

Traditional Authority Chamba was declared Open defecation Free before the project phased out in December 2018

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