Partnering with remote Communities in one of the poorest countries on earth
Our work is community-driven and sustainable, recognising that complex causes of poverty need interlinked and long-term solutions. We currently work with communities in Nkhata Bay North, an isolated area of Northern Malawi, where locals live in scattered upland and lakeshore villages. Here, two in five people live on less than £1 a day. High rates of HIV, low levels of literacy, vulnerability to flooding and droughts and prevalent waterborne diseases are just some of the many challenges faced by people living there.
Our work helps the communities to find sustainable solutions that address these causes. We build a clear exit strategy into our projects, empowering local structures and people to continue activities independent of our support. Our aim is to work ourselves out of a job.
In a country with one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world and where huge numbers of people rely on rich fertile land for survival, our agriculture and forestry projects are essential. Since we were founded in 2003, we have worked with communities to plant over 1.5 million trees, train 5,000 families to farm sustainably, and help local governing bodies to develop laws to protect their forests. Now we’re bringing a fresh, community to community approach to carbon balancing.