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Malawi - Madisi
Join us helping build safe shelter for vulnerable populations in Malawi
May 12th - May 20th 2019
This team will work with local workers and volunteers 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 a traditional Malawian village whilst helping to provide a family a 'hand up'.
Habitat for Humanity in Malawi
Described as the “Warm Heart Of Africa”, Malawi is among the world's least-developed countries. Unsanitary housing conditions such as mud floors, thatched roofs, poor ventilation and no windows or secure doors 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. Habitat for Humanity Malawi Global Village builds support Orphans and Vulnerable Groups, especially those effected by the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic by providing a 'hand up' for a fresh start towards a healthier future.
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. Strong winds during rainy season frequently damage these, leaving holes that let the rain in. 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. As well as impacting the health of those living in sub-standard housing, these conditions also impact the opportunity to participate in schooling, training or employment,
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 and provides training in bricklaying and carpentry to young people as part of a livelihoods project. Habitat Malawi strives to enhance the resilience of vulnerable households living in flood-prone areas by supporting and enabling them to have permanent, durable and flood resistant shelter. In addition, Habitat Malawi are also working to provide safe homes for people living with disabilities and their carers.
- Sunday - Arrive in Lilongwe and travel to Madisi
- Monday - Build Day
- Tuesday - Build Day
- Wednesday - Build Day
- Thursday - Build Day
- Friday - 1/2 Build Day, 1/2 Farewell Ceremony and Celebration
- 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
$2,420 + 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 Malawi and the Global Village program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Lilongwe, Malawi. 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.
Hello! My name is Meghan Smith and I am very excited to be leading a Global Village team to Malawi this coming Spring. This will be my 7th Global Village trip and my second trip to Africa.
I love participating in the Global Village program because I strongly believe in the Habitat philosophy of giving a hand up, rather than a hand out. I love being immersed completely into a new culture and community and love building new friendships. I am very excited to be leading this team in The Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi, and hope you will join me on this adventure.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this trip, or apply now using our on-line application!