• DAPP Malawi is in 2018 celebrating 23 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 - 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.

My dreams unfolding case story – Stella Mangasi

On 18 October 2017 I arrived at Chimkwende primary school in Thunga zone, Thyolo district. I was nervous to go and face classroom full of learners, interact with fellow teachers and the community. I felt like giving up on the profession until I realized that I made it to the end of the week. 

With knowledge acquired from DAPP Amalika Teachers Training College, I managed to handle the learners, interacted with fellow teachers and community members. It reminded me of the time we travelled across countries as student teachers to learn during a study period known as Busing Our Continent which exposes students to people of different backgrounds, culture and beliefs.

A teacher delivering lessons in class

A teacher delivering lessons in class

A vegetable garden established at a Primary School

A vegetable garden established at a Primary School


While doing my teaching practices at Chinkwende, I worked with the teachers in a quest to reduce absenteeism at the school. It was agreed among the teachers to hold meetings with parents of children that were missing school to be sending their children to school and this was a strategy that worked not only for my class but the rest of the classes.
In trying to create a school that is child friendly and conducive for children, I and my fellow student teachers facilitated the establishment of a sanitation club that gave teachers roles of ensuring that the school premises are clean at all times which included having hand washing facilities.
Additionally, we introduced learners to garden farming and imparted them with skills and knowledge of vegetable farming. It is pleasing to see that most of the learners are now having vegetable in their homes. Such achievements have made me realise that indeed I am a teacher and my dream is becoming a reality.

DAPP improves transitioning of infant learners from CBCC into Primary School Findings

The DAPP Let Children Stay in School (LCSS) project was implemented in six districts namely Chitipa, Rumphi, Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Machinga and Nsanje targeting to reach 114 primary schools.
The goal was to improve the transition of infant learners from community based care centres into primary schools specifically targeting standard one and two learners.
Running between June 2015 to May 2018, the project worked with government stakeholders like the District Education Managers, Primary School Education Advisors (PEAs), teachers, school committee structures like the Parent Teachers Associations, Mother Groups and community members that surrounded the schools.
Following an independent evaluation that was carried out by Makoka & Associates it was discovered that the project has reduced the dropout rate of grade one learners who proceeded to grade two by 9 percent. This was revealed during a validation workshop that had been organised to share the results with implementers which DAPP worked with.

Rodger Federer Regional Representative (left) interacts with members during the meeting

Rodger Federer Regional Representative (left) interacts with members during the meeting

Participants during the

Participants during the "Let children stay in school" validation meeting


Present during the meeting were representatives from Rodger Federer Foundation – donor, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Action Aid Malawi, District Education Managers from the 6 districts, Primary Education Advisors (PEAs), Coordinating PEAs, Head Teachers, and School Committee members that represented the community members.
Addressing the audience during the meeting, the Interim Regional Representative for Rodger Federer Foundation Martha Khonje said as a Foundation they want to give back to the community through early childhood development programs as a foundation for opening developments in countries.
Action Aid Malawi received the grant to implement programs targeting Community Based Care Centres (CBCC) in all the 28 districts in Malawi but there were challenges in transitioning from CBCC to primary school which they attributed to lack of other necessities like food and shelters in some government primary schools as such they sub granted DAPP Malawi to facilitate the transitioning process.
The DAPP Malawi’s Head of Education Programs Iben Brandt-Pederson expressed satisfaction towards all the implementers that played key roles towards the project’s success. She said as DAPP, they are grateful for they have contributed towards such an impact.
Among the key findings following the evaluation are that there is an increase in the number of learners who proceed from grade two to three with an overall reduction rate of 63.9 percent, a reduction in class repetition for grade two and a reduction in drop out among grade one learners.
The activities in the project included in-service teachers’ trainings for child friendly school environments, establishment of standard play grounds made from locally available resources, community engagement in school feeding programs and sustainability which included trainings in income generating activities.

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