One Volunteer One Homestead
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half of the population living below the poverty line and an average daily income of less than 60 US Cents. The majority of Malawi’s population lives in rural areas and only 11% of Malawians have access to electricity. Lighting is provided by means of candles and paraffin/kerosene lamps. Not only are these means of lighting the home expensive, it also poses a very real risk to the health of the family, due to the inhalation of sooty emissions. Epidemiologic studies have linked household kerosene use to impaired lung function, asthma, cancer, and increased susceptibility to infectious diseases such as tuberculosi There is also the very real risk of fire from knocked over candles and lamps. The light provided by candles and lamps is not of a good quality or strength and brightness.
This project is particularly suited to short term volunteers wanting to maximise their real impact for many years after their visit to Malawi. It does require some additional cost, For the Solar Lighting Power Kit and other related expences, so you may want to consider a bit of fund raising before your visit.
Location: Namakoma and surrounding villages right outside the Volunteer House on the shores of Lake Malawi, near the town of Monkey Bay.
Part A/ Homestead Solar Kit Installations
The primary task of this project is to install a solar lighting system in an identified homestead, located in the Namakoma village just outside the Volunteer House. You will be assisted in the installation by an experienced MVO staff member and the project does not require the volunteer to have any specific skills or licensing - although it may help if you know how to use a hammer or a screwdriver
Part B/ Homestead Malaria Prevention
As part of the 'One Volunteer One Homestead' project you will be asked to assess and assist the homestead for anti-malaria interventions such as supply, repair and (insecticide) treating of bed nets as well as indoor residual spraying in the homestead. Volunteers may also be asked to collect Malaria related statistics from residents in the local community for the World Health Organisation & the Malawian Government.
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Part C/ Homestead Vegetable Gardening
Additionally, you will also prepare and plant (in season) a small vegetable garden for your allocated homestead, if space is available. XXX sustainable XXX
In Malawi, over 6 million people need food aid because severe weather has made growing corn crops difficult. But small home gardens are helping.
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Additional Project Contribution
We encourage short term volunteers to stay in contact with their homestead families beyond their short stay in Malawi.
The additional project cost for short stay volunteers on this project is US$ 400 due to the equipment and materials that need to be purchased for the homestead, but you will be leaving a lasting legacy !!
Consider expanding your budget and to adopt more than one homestead. Try some funraising at home before your visit to suplement your own funds for this Project.