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Malawi - Mulanje


Are you interested in making a difference as well as having the opportunity to explore, learn, grow and serve? 

October 7th to 15th 2018


Our team will work with local people to provide simple, decent housing for families in Malawi. We will also have opportunities to build relationships and make friends in another culture, and experience life in southern Africa.

We need positive attitudes, open minds, flexibility, adventurous spirits and a sense of humour! No building experience is necessary.We are also looking at some unique and exciting R and R activities which may include a wildlife safari as well experiencing local culture.


Habitat for Humanity in Malawi


Habitat for Humanity Malawi aims to provide decent and affordable housing. Described as the “Warm Heart Of Africa”, Malawi is among the world's least-developed countries. Unsanitary, temporary housing conditions such as mud floors, thatched roofs, poor ventilation and no windows characterize 78% of houses in Malawi. Such housing is conducive to the spread of diseases like respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections, particularly among children under five years of age and those with HIV- weakened immune systems. Located in the south of the country, Mulanje is one of the districts in Malawi which is highly affected by HIV/AIDS, causing many children to be orphans. HFH Malawi concentrates their home construction efforts in Mulanje to build homes for these orphans and their caretakers




The housing need in Malawi

In Malawi, poverty is prevalent and about 4 out of 5 families in Malawi live in substandard homes. A typical village hut is built of mud bricks with a dirt floor and grass thatched roof, which requires frequent repairs. These conditions put families at high risk of illness. There are about 1.5million orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi out of a population of 17.3million and approximately 21,000 new units are needed every year for the next 10 years to meet housing demand – this far exceeds supply.



How Habitat addresses the need in Malawi

Habitat Malawi provides new fully subsidized homes for orphans and other vulnerable groups. Habitat Malawi also provides Housing Support Services (HSS) to low-income people in partnership with housing microfinance institutions. Habitat Malawi strives to enhance the resilience of households living in flood-prone areas by supporting and enabling them to have permanent, durable and flood resistant shelter. 




  • Sunday - Arrive in Blantyre, Malawi 
  • Monday - Build Day
  • Tuesday - Build Day
  • Wednesday - Build Day
  • Thursday - Build Day
  • Friday - 1/2 Build Day, 1/2 Farewell Ceremony
  • Saturday - R&R Day
  • Sunday  - R&R Day
  • Monday - Depart for Canada




Teams will stay in lodgings that are basic, safe and clean.  Rooms will be shared, and may include a private bathroom. They will have running water and electricity, although power cuts are common in Sub-Saharan Africa. Towels and bedding will be provided.




The cost for this opportunity to build in Malawi is approximately
$2,490 + round-trip airfare + $600 R&R*


*Please note - R&R cost is preliminary, and subject to change. 

The trip cost includes:  lodging, food, ground transportation, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH (Country) and the Global Village program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Blantyre. This arrangement should be done in consultation with the team leader.

*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these will be 2 separate receipts.  The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt. I will advise how to how to pay this. (Do not pay to Habitat for Humanity)

There are additional travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which will be identified and discussed with you.  These costs are not tax deductible.


Team Leader


Hello! My name is Murray Coates and I live on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. I took my first trip with Habitat for Humanity in 2008 to Hungary and was so taken by the experience that I did another trip that same year to Jordan. Since then I have led 13 trips (Armenia, Poland, Cambodia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Mongolia, Paraguay, Chile, El Salvador, Sri Lanka,Romania, Trinidad and Ethiopia) with Habitat. This will be my first Global Village trip to Malawi. More information on my GV trips can be found at my blog site. https://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/cornerduck/    ( scroll through for GV trips). GV trips are truly live changing experiences and many of my team members are repeat participants.


Please feel free to contact me at m.coates@shaw.ca if you would like to learn more about this trip