DAPP Malawi is a founding member of Humana People to People whose 32 members constitute a movement of development organizations working in 45 countries all basing their work on Solidarity, Humanism, Social and Economic Development through long-term development programs.
In its 22nd year, DAPP has been implementing vibrant projects related to education, health, agriculture and community development.
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 110,000 families through the Child Aid project over the years.
Child Aid builds capacity in communities to reduce poverty and give families the best conditions in which to raise their children. This is accomplished through the implementation of activities within child care and early childhood development, health, education, and economic development.
Agriculture: Through the Farmers’ Clubs program, DAPP has been organized and trained more than 60.000 smallholder farmers since 2006. The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has been a partner in the development, implementation and expansion the DAPP 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. There are currently 15,650 farmers in the program.
Education: DAPP started the first teacher training college in 2003, Chilangoma TTC in Blantyre Rural, the expansion of DAPP’s teacher training program over the years has seen the establishment of three more colleges across all 3 regions namely; Amalika TTC in Thyolo opened in 2008; Dowa TTC in Dowa district opened in 2010 and; Mzimba TTC in Mzimba district which opened in 2013. The teacher training program is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and more than 2,000 teachers have graduated from all four colleges.
Since 2012, DAPP has expanded its education program beyond pre-teacher’s training to include in-service teachers in a concept called “We do more teachers” which is currently operational in 114 primary in 6 districts under the Let Children Stay in School project. DAPP also started the 400 Primary Schools Project with the aim of providing the opportunity for DAPP graduated teachers working in government primary schools to stick together and support each other in contributing towards creating conducive learning environments for the learners in their schools.
Vocational Training: In order to provide new opportunities for the ever increasing number of unemployed youth in Malawi, DAPP established Mikolongwe Vocational School in Chiradzulu District in 1997 offering four courses. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in May 2017, Mikolongwe Vocational School has trained and graduated more than 8,500 youth in its 10 courses through both the formal and informal training program.
Health: DAPP began its work to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1998 when its first HOPE project was launched. HOPE established community HIV facilities which served as resource hubs and activity centers for everyone in a given community. Building on this work, DAPP has worked closely with the Malawi Government since 2007 to combat and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria through its innovative program, Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE). TCE is a comprehensive and systematic HIV/AIDS prevention and care model that combines counseling, field-testing, education, and community mobilization. The program utilizes a door-to-door and interpersonal campaign that encourages lifestyle changes and preventive behavior, reaching every individual and household within a prescribed area over a three-year period.
Since the TCE program’s inception, over 1,400,000 people have been reached and over 500,000 people have been tested for HIV. More than 630,000 people have been reached with TB and TB/ HIV co-infection information through door-to-door visits and 24,000 people have been screened for TB.
The ongoing projects in health DAPP is implementing are as follows; Support to Nutrition Improvement Component working with approximately 310,000 people in two districts, TB in the Mining Sector in 4 districts targeting 15,000 people and Total Control – TB/HIV in one district targeting 140,000 people.
Fundraising: Since 1995, DAPP has been raising funds through selling of second hand clothes and shoes to ensure long term sustainability and the expansion of its social and economic developmental programs. The DAPP Clothes and Shoes project has not only contributed towards the empowerment of the vulnerable and the poor in the communities where DAPP implements its projects but also improved the living standards of people in Malawi by enabling families to buy good quality second hand clothes and shoes at a low cost.