We have been implementing key projects and programmes, linked with Action Hope Malawi’s most fundamental objectives. Action Hope Malawi keenly aware of our responsibility to monitor and assess our performance, to learn lessons, and to put those lessons to good use.Here are some of our on going Projects;
The project goal is to improve access to quality of education services for boys and girls in Sub TA Ntholowa area by June 2017. This project is being funded by Tilitonse Fund. The project uses Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) approach to empower citizens of Sub TA Ntholowa to hold their governments to account in providing education services. CVA is local level advocacy methodology that transforms the dialogue between communities and government in order to improve education services that impact the daily lives of the people served through Action Hope Malawi projects. This CVA project mobilizes citizens, equipping them with necessary skills, community tools in order to monitor education services and facilitating a process to improve those services (score card). This CVA model enhances quality, efficiency and accountability of the service providers at local and national levels so as to improve education service delivery. Through the project, citizens of Sub TA Ntholowa area are empowered to assess education services with regard to performance and to evaluate services provided in their communities with the standards of service that have government obligation. This approach is based on the view that active citizenship and engagement with government helps governments to work effectively and to provide quality services.
Malawi has massive problems with HIV and AIDS with a prevalence rate of 9,1 % among adults aged 15-49 and with app. 1.000.000 people living with HIV. The most important groups in this regard are MSM, female SWs (FSW) and young women aged 10-24, described as priority population 1, 2 and 3 (out of 4) in the Malawi National HIV Prevention Strategy 2015-2020. The HIV prevalence among FSW is a stunning 62.7 %. The project will be implemented in Zomba district, which has a general HIV prevalence of 17 % - almost twice the national prevalence. This has demographic as well as economic and cultural reasons. Zomba district has a high incidence of migrant workers, such as farmers, construction workers, tobacco farmers and soldiers (there are two barracks located in Zomba town). This project is aimed at reducing HIV prevalence among commercial sex workers and reduces violence by state security agents to sex workers. The project is being supported by AIDS-FONDET of Denmark and is targeting hotspots of Thondwe, Namadzi, Zomba town, Jali, Chinamwali and Songani. HIV testing and counselling, referrals and dialogue with Police and court officials are some of the activities in this project.
The objective of the program is to enable the youth to contribute positively to their well-being and the betterment of society. The program targets both in-school and out of school youth. The program is being supported by Save the Children International (SCI) and is being implemented in Traditional Authority Chikowi, Mbiza, Ngwelero and Ntholowa in Zomba. Adolescent Development program has three intermediate result areas namely;
In 2013 AHM started implementing the Self Help Group Approach with funding from Kindernothilfe of German. The intervention believes that every human being has a potential that can grow if given an opportunity. The approach targets poorest families in the community especially women, building their capacity in the three pillars of life namely Economic, Social and Political.
The women form groups of 15-20 members and make savings every week and give out loans at an agreed interest. The groups are called Self Help Group because the savings are made by themselves. As time goes the savings plus interests from the loans taken begin to grow a pool capital from which bigger loans are accessed to improve their businesses. The readily available capital starts transforming poor women’s lives which trickles down to the whole family especially the children.
As the women’s income improves so does their confidence and they start socializing since they feel acceptable in society. Their capacities to associate are also encouraged through rotation moderation of activities and open discussion of issues affecting them in every weekly meeting.
8-10 groups that have stayed together for over six months and are stable both economically and socially and living within the same geographical area come together to form a Cluster. The cluster looks at the community as a whole trying to bring to the relevant structures issues that affect their day today lives e.g. bad cultural practices. Using their numbers they negotiate for better service delivery within their community or steer one of their own to influential positions. For sustainability of this approach clusters are formed to take over from the promoting organization in this case AHM. This means all the roles done by Action Hope Malawi will gradually be handed to the clusters. The roles include formation and strengthening of SHG groups, bringing in the community development, advocating for good governance and resource mobilization.