• DAPP Malawi is in 2020 celebrating 25 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 – John Banda

John Banda (not real name) is a business man who runs a hair dressing saloon at Msundwe Trading centre in Lilongwe district. He said has a successful saloon business as he is able to get customers on a daily basis in his shop.
“Some days are busier than others as the number of people that come to get their hairs done is never constant while some days we have blackouts,” he explained.
However, with the coming of Covid-19 pandemic, small or medium businesses have been affected and John’s saloon is not an exception. He said the number of people coming to get their hair done has gone down but they are still operating.

The bucket is strategically placed where people around the salon can use

The bucket is strategically placed where people around the salon can use

Banda bought a wooden stand for the bucket and ensures that soap is available for washing hands

Banda bought a wooden stand for the bucket and ensures that soap is available for washing hands

In response to the pandemic, in order to reduce the spread and chances of contracting the coronavirus, DAPP Malawi through Humana People to People Spain received funds from a Swiss charitable foundation to carry out an intervention that responds to Covid-19. These funds were used to procure handwashing buckets, tablets of soap and produce posters and carrying information on Covid-19 prevention.
The activities were carried out in DAPP Child Aid Dedza Project and 15 other districts of Blantyre, Neno, Mangochi, Chikwawa, Nsanje, Lilongwe, Kasungu, Ntchisi, Dowa, Machinga, Mangochi, Ntcheu, Zomba, Mulanje and Chiradzulu targeting to reach over 10,000 people.
John was among the beneficiaries who received a bucket for handwashing, tablets of soap and posters. He prepared a stand for the hand washing facility which is strategically placed outside his shop and is accessible to his customers, people operating their businesses around his saloon and passers-by.
According to Banda, over 50 people wash their hands using the sanitary facility on a daily basis and the facility has improved the hygiene behaviour since are becoming aware of Covid-19 with posters also available at the saloon.
However, he said their main challenge is enforcing the use of facemasks since some customers say they cannot afford to buy facemasks.
To reach out to as many people through the intervention 300 buckets for handwashing were distributed and placed in strategic points like market entrances, maize mills, bicycle taxis ranks and hair saloons among others.


Passionate for her Learners - Temwa

Temwa Chilenga is a teacher at Chambu Primary school in Dzedza education zone in Lilongwe rural district who was trained at DAPP Dowa Teacher Training College in Dowa district.
She joined the teaching profession in 2015. Since taking her career path she has been actively involved not only in teaching but in community engagements while targeting school going children.
“I am a teacher at Chambu school and during my teaching career, I identified 53 learners from and around Ndodani village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chitukula who dropped out from school due to lack or learning resources and money to pay as school development funds contributions” said Temwa.
Following the closure of schools by the Malawi government due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Temwa took an initiative to follow up on the learners she helped return and remain in school.

A classroom set up under a tree shelter

A classroom set up under a tree shelter

Temwa teaching

Temwa teaching

“I took it to myself that I need to keep these learners busy while they stayed home. Usually they go around in the township collecting plastic bottles or whatever they can lay their hands on to resale and make money,” she explained.
In order to keep the learners busy, Temwa decided to engage them in school work through delivering lessons to the learners three times in a week, then using the other two days for assessment and marking their work.
“What I have been doing is preparing lessons and tasks which I go around pasting in walls around the village for the learners to come and copy the work then I collect their work the following days to mark. I have seen this to be effective and eventually more children from the area started showing interest to join the sessions. You would notice there are five of us supporting these children now, two of them are my sisters who are in secondary school while the two others are my fellow teachers from the school,” she added.
Temwa started her initiative for the 53 learners which she took under her care. Fast forward with other learners showing interest in the learning exercise, there are over 170 children that have been coming to joinr the lessons.
“I never expected that there would be so many children flocking to this place for the lessons, that is why I asked my fellow teachers and my sisters to come in and lend a hand. So basically what we are now doing is to have short learning sessions under the trees for shelter” she said.
Temwa and her colleagues prepare lessons which are presented on flipchart papers and pasted around the village for the learners.
She says it is her desire to keep the children busy while schools have closed other than idling.

Case Story: Elizabeth Makhaya

Elizabeth Makhaya is one of the students undergoing the training at Chilangoma Teacher Training College.
I have been affected by the closure of the education institution following the Covid-19 pandemic. When the schools closed I was in my teaching practice semester at Nasonjo primary school for 3 months where I was teaching in standard 5 with an enrollment of 72 learners.

Elizabeth washing hands

Elizabeth washing hands

Elizabeth working on school tasks

Elizabeth working on school tasks

Nonetheless, the closure of schools did not stop me from continued learning. I have been revising and solving tasks from our previous term at the college from the School Experience Journal. Back in school we were trained to be drivers in our education that is why I am still able to solve these tasks without a lecturer’s supervision.
Apart from working on my academic work, I have also taken the role of sensitizing the people around my village of the risks that the coronavirus poses and also the preventive measures.
Door to door sensitizations and through regular interaction, I have been encouraging the people around me wash hands frequently, observe social distance and whenever possible to at stay home while I practice the same.
It is obvious that in our community there are some people that do not believe that Coronavirus is real.

Case Stories: Chifundo Milonda

Based in Area 24 in Lilongwe district, Chifundo Milonda has been a dedicated DAPP Clothes and Shoes Lilongwe store customer for the past 2 years.

“I like doing my shopping here as the customer service is great. When you are welcomed and helped appropriately, the chances of back are very high” she exclaimed with a smile

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Chifundo goes on to mention that her favorite day to shop is on Mondays as it is the day that new stock comes in. “ I usually come to do my shopping twice a month and I make sure that it’s on Mondays. I must also commend DAPP on the quality of clothes sold in the store. It is really good quality and affordable” she said

Because everything is in one place, Chifundo lamented on how convenient that is for her “I sometimes come with my children and friends here and I find it’s convenient because you can get everything one needs here” said Chifundo.

Her favorite things to get are shoes and bed sheets “I am fond of these two things. Though sometimes I can’t find my size which is an 8. I would plead with DAPP to please stock up on big shoe sizes for people like me” she said

DAPP Malawi has been implementing the Second Hand Clothes & Shoes Project for 25 years and it contributes to the various developmental projects being implemented by DAPP Malawi in Agriculture, Health, Community Development and Education




Knowledge Kameza

For the past 7 years, Knowledge Kameza has been doing his shopping from DAPP Retail stores in the capital Lilongwe . “Today, like most Mondays, I come to shop for my kids” he said with a smile

Kameza likes the quality of clothes and says prices are also very fair compared to other shops “And the shop is convenient as everything is under one roof. As such, one can come here and spend hours. It is unlike Kaunjika (a local market for second hand clothes and shoes) because there you have to move around a lot to get everything one wants as everything has its own stand” he said

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He said on weekends, he usually comes to do his shopping with his friends “ A weekend can’t go by without coming here with my friends. That helps us in keeping up with most of the fashion trends around. Plus, it means every week we have new clothes to wear to the office” he said

The DAPP Clothes and Shoes project has over the past 25 years contributed significantly to the empowerment of the vulnerable and poor, children, youth, women and men in the rural communities through the projects implemented in Agriculture, Health, Community Development and Education

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