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How We Work Determined to Develop Malawi

At Determined to Develop (D2D), we take a collaborative approach to our work, and believe that those who live in the area are best able to assess needs and create solutions for the community. We do not impose what we think should be solutions from the top-down, but rather work with community members from the ground-up. Our commitment to collaboration allows us to maximize impact and assist in the development of Chilumba in a responsible and positive way.

All our projects have community ownership, which is demonstrated in two ways:

First, communities are enlisted to identify their needs and solutions, which becomes the basis of our work. We participate in regular village needs assessment meetings attended by Village Headmen (chiefs), local village development committees, women’s groups, civil society leaders, and other community members. It is from these meetings that the concept, planning, and implementation stages of any of our projects begin. Furthermore, all work is vetted by community stakeholders.

Second, communities contribute to the running of each project. Our approach emphasizes the personal responsibility and accountability of all partners involved. This grassroots model for development utilizes local knowledge and ensures that we work in collaboration with traditional leaders and community-based networks, respecting cultural values and traditions. This process is assisted by the community liaison officer, who ensures that we stay fully engaged with everything taking place in the villages and vice versa.

We have expanded our programming, but maintain our focus on a relatively small geographic area of Chilumba, Malawi. Remaining a local organization has a number of benefits. We have developed a strong rapport with stakeholders in the area, which helps us to run our many projects effectively. Working on the ground also allows us to have close and on-going monitoring of all projects, and we pride ourselves on being able to adapt projects where necessary and learn through evaluation. This approach also ensures that all money donated is used in the most cost-effective way, as we have minimal overhead costs.

As a development organization, it is important to us that our initiatives are in-line with those of broader development strategies, both in the national and international context. These strategies include the Karonga District Development Plan, Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III, and the United Nation’s Standard Development Goals. Each of these strategies includes specific actions for improved youth education. By aligning our programs with the initiatives in these development strategies, we ensure that our programs are following the best fit for the development of Malawi.

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Determined to Develop Icreases Support for Nursery Schools in Sangilo 1
Determined to Develop Icreases Support for Nursery Schools in Sangilo 1
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Determined to Develop increases support for nursery schools

Determined to Develop supports four nursery schools in the Sangilo area, which together provide Early Childhood Development (ECD) education for over 350 children.

Education is vital for alleviating poverty and the World Bank Human Development Network (2013) has found that access to nursery education prepares young children for primary school. Children that receive a nursery school education are more likely to attend primary school and to enroll at the correct age. However, in many low-income countries, including Malawi, resources for nursery education are not always available.

D2D provides to support nursery schools in three different ways: teaching and administrative support; construction and resources; and feeding programs.

Each nursery school we support is at a different level of development – the most established being the nearby Tilipo nursery. Tilipo has a fully constructed two-classroom building and toilet block, two employed teachers and 10 caregivers, and the school receives a small monthly allowance to cover running costs, such as the purchase of teaching resources and general upkeep. Additionally, as part of D2Ds schools feeding program we feed each child a meal of Likuni Phala – a nutritious maize porridge prepared by the caregivers.

D2D is also in the final stages of constructing a new building for Phulano nursery school; another nursery school in Sangilo, offering ECD education to over 65 young children. Like Tilipo, the children at Phulano nursery school have also been receiving a daily meal of Likuni Phala, as part of D2Ds feeding program.

However, Phulano nursery, alongside the other two nursery schools located in Sangilo – Luvilimbo and Tiyezge – has always been ran by volunteer teachers and caregivers, who dedicate their spare time to educating the young children of Sangilo.

Despite the community’s commitment to running these three nursery schools, having teachers who are all volunteers meant that the teachers were unable to attend classes every day of the week, due to other commitments. This meant that the children were being taught by a range of teachers, leading to a number of challenges such as the children not having one consistent teacher, whom they can familiarize themselves with.

To overcome these challenges and ensure that the children are receiving the highest quality education available we have extended our support to all four nursery schools. We are delighted to announce that from this additional support the nurseries have been able to employ two teachers and caregivers, and we have rolled out feeding programs at each school, so that now all nursery school children throughout Sangilo .

In the future we also hope to construct new school blocks for both Luvilimbo and Tiyezge schools, whose students are currently taught in a local church and abandoned house.

If you would like to support a nursery school please donate here, or contact us via email to see how you can help.

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