Determined to Develop concentrates on issues affecting the poorest of the poor in Malawi, Africa. Specifically, our organization works to uplift local Malawian people, especially women and children, who are otherwise marginalized by their condition within society and the world.
Alinafe is a 17 year old girl who met Matt and Determined to Develop after she completed the eighth grade. Growing up, she and her two brothers lost both of their parents at a very early age and since then they have lived with their very old grandmother. But because her grandmother is also very poor, Alinafe had nothing.
Landen is a 17 year old boy who is sponsored by Determined to Develop and lives at Maji Zuwa. His family lives in Sangilo Village, where Maji Zuwa and Determined to Develop work. He has 2 sisters and 3 brothers and Landen is the first born in the family. His mother is a single parent and so struggles to support all the children;
Steven is a 13 year old boy who has recently started to be sponsored by Determined to Develop. Before this, he was living with his grandmother in a remote village in Karonga. He came to know Determined to Develop and be at Maji Zuwa after his brother met with Matt and spoke to him about the possibility of Steven being sponsored.
Frank is currently 15 years old and attends Community Day Secondary School where he is enrolled as a tenth grade student. Matt learned that both of Frank’s parents had passed away and asked Frank if he wanted to live at the Determined To Develop orphan house adjacent to Maji Zuwa. In the future he hopes to become a doctor.