Case studies

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Mission Malawi 08

SEPA

Gandali Primary School

Case Study 1:
Mission Malawi 08

Eight people formed Mission Malawi 08. In this 3 week short term mission trip we were able to contribute to the lives of youngsters living in various conditions. Working with orphans and at the local primary school gave us a great insight to the way people live in Malawi. Even though we were only around for a short period of time we hopefully made a difference to the lives of under-privileged children. It would have been good to have more concentrated time in the orphanage. The base for the mission was Fishermans Rest, a beautiful place in the south of the country. We visited some villages and even stayed the night in a village in Nsanje, which was tough, but at least we knew that we had somewhere to return where we could get a shower! Giving out bibles in the local language of the Sena people for the first time was very special. WOW. Visiting the hospital was a real eye opener. The NHS isn’t that bad! After all the work and travelling around it was lovely to spend a few days seeing some “game” and sitting by the lake relaxing. It was good to reflect on our experiences and to wind down in comfort spacious surroundings. We had a number of preparation meetings in the months before the trip which helped us to know what to expect. It is good to be able to have an experience of African life first hand rather than simply as a tourist.

Case Study 2:
SEPA

The Smallholder Estate Partnership Project (SEPA) is the first phase in developing a long-term, actionorientated partnership between communities and commercial farming estates. The partnership is managed by Exagris Africa Limited, and governed/implemented by Smallholder Farmers'Groups or Associations from villages surrounding Exagris Africa’s commercial estates in Lilongwe, Mchinji and Salima.
The aim of the partnership is to bring together the under - exploited knowledge, experience, and competencies of stakeholders from different backgrounds (commercial farmers, development workers, smallholder farmers themselves), to provide practical solutions to food insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation in smallholder communities. The project builds on the successful work carried out from January 2004 to date with 12 smallholder communities and two schools surrounding Lisungwi Estate, TA Masula, Lilongwe District.
SEPA recognizes and addresses the connections between the economic, sociological and agro-ecological issues affecting smallholder households; the partnership aims to offer practical solutions based on a comprehensive assessment of problems and opportunities, recognition of the racticalities of community life and practical experience in commercial farming. While the project recognizes communities’ everyday economic needs, it also aims to achieve long-term technological, economic and social sustainability. SEPA is consistent with Malawi’s poverty reduction and economic growth agenda. The project works towards the following broad goal, which we hope other stakeholders will also contribute to.

“Smallholder farming and business practices in communities surrounding commercial estates are more profitable and more appropriate to Malawi’s changing marketing and agroecological environment."

Case Study 3:
Gandali Primary School

Education in Malawi struggles to meet basic standards. This is mainly due to very large class sizes, not enough classrooms or learning materials, and overstretched, poorly paid teachers. Gandali Primary School is situated close to the farm at Mchinji, so it is providing education to the children of farm workers and small holders. It has 1600 children on the register, with 12 teachers and 6 classrooms. Two of the classes have their lessons under the trees due to lack of space.
There is no electricity and no running water at the school. There are a few pit latrines for the 1600 children. There is makeshift football pitch, but no footballs. There is no library. Each child has only one exercise book and one pencil to last
for a year.
We are working to establish a link between schools like Gandali, and schools in the UK. We are linking individual children in Malawi with individual children in England. They will be able to write to one another and learn from each other’s situations. We hope that the insight into the issues that face Malawian children each day will be invaluable for the children in the UK, and will motivate them to work out ways that they can make a difference.

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