Community development has been a long-standing priority for DAPP Malawi. The organization utilizes the “Child Aid” integrated model developed by the Federation Humana People to People and tailored to Malawi context. 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.
The current Child Aid projects are in Machinga and Neno. The project works with communities to improve the life of children and their families by mobilizing, organizing and training the community on how to improve their own sanitation and living conditions. The projects are employing the community participatory approach, Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and seek to move traditional authorities to Open Defecation Free statuses.
DAPP has reached approximately 200,000 families/households through Child Aid since 1995.