Location: Kauma Village, Lilongwe, Malawi East Africa
Malawi is ranked between the 4th and 8th poorest countries in the world. Poverty is widespread and prevalent both in rural and country areas, though hardest hit is the rural population, in particular the women.
The Adziwa Orphan Project is located at Kauma village which is situated about five kms east of the capital city Lilongwe. The total population of Kauma is estimated at 15,000, nearly half of whom are children, many orphaned by HIV.
Adziwa’s goal is to improve the welfare of orphans and their families by working to take care of the orphan child in the context of a family unit; and to run sustainable and community based development approaches to service.
2007 – 2009 Aussies for Orphans supported this project by providing funding for two three-bedroom houses and four school classrooms in a new school/community centre. Two families have now moved into the homes.
AFO committee members, Janelle Gibson & Sue & Steve Lewis have been fortunate enough to visit this project where they have met the families and visited the existing school. “The visit to the school was chaotic, 150+ children keen to get into a photo with my & sing me songs” said Janelle. Classes were held in a church hall, teachers try to conduct classes in each corner of the room with no furniture and limited resources. They are so excited about the prospect of a new school.