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Habitat Malawi - Salima


Join this Global Village team helping build safe and decent shelter for vulnerable populations in Malawi

November 16th - 24th, 2019


This team will work with local masons and volunteers to build safe, decent housing with families in Malawi. They will also have opportunities to build relationships communities from another culture, and experience life in a traditional Malawian village whilst supporting a family through a 'hand up'.

Habitat for Humanity in Malawi

Described as the “Warm Heart Of Africa”, Malawi is among the world's least-developed countries. 78% of houses in Malawi are characterized as sub-standard and unsafe housing conditions with mud floors, thatched roofs, poor ventilation and no windows or secure doors. 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. 

Habitat Malawi also contributes to a project that is building homes and services to families with disabilities through a unique partnership between Habitat for Humanity Canada, Hope and Healing International and Homes4Hope Canada. Together the project aims to build homes and ensure necessary support that enable the families to thrive in their homes and community.


The housing need in Malawi

In Malawi, poverty is prevalent and about 4 out of 5 families in Malawi live in sub-standard 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 1.5 million orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi out of a population of 17.3 million 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. 



 Saturday November 16th

 Arrive in Lilongwe, travel to Salima

 Sunday November 17th

 Orientation and Welcome Dinner

 Monday November 18th - Friday November 22nd

 Build Days

 Saturday November 23rd

 Team post-build activities, as determined by   Team Leader

 Sunday November 24th

 Return to 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.


Habitat Individual Donation

The minimum individual donation to Habitat for this 10 day opportunity to build with Habitat Malawi is approximately $2,390.00 (1) + excluding Air Transportation (2) + approximately $450.00* post-build activities (3)

(There may be costs related to passports, visa and immunizations etc., which are the responsibility of the volunteer and are not eligible for tax receipts) 

*Please note - Post-build cost is preliminary, and subject to change. 

(1) The Habitat individual donation covers all costs associated with hosting volunteers on the project site as well as support the project and programs of the local HFH organization: room and board, ground transportation to and from build site, orientation materials, traveler's medical insurance, and a donation to Habitat Malawi and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village programs. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation.

(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Lilongwe, Malawi. This must only be done once project dates and final project have been confirmed by the Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3)  The costs of any Team post-build activities are not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Should volunteers need assistance with booking flights or rest day activities, insurance or other services they may be interested in, the Team Leader will provide a list of travel agents registered with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario.

Meet the Team Leader: Sally Sipos

Hi, my name is Sally Sipos and I am thrilled to be leading this team to Malawi.  This will be my 17th Global Village trip and my ninth as a Team Leader.  I’ve had the pleasure of doing Global Village builds all throughout Latin American, Portugal, Trinidad, Indonesia, Macedonia, Nepal and am excited to be heading to Malawi this year.

My first Global Village trip was a life-changing experience for me, which is why I continue to share my time and resources year after year to this most worthy cause.  I am looking for a team of energetic, passionate, positive, good-humoured volunteers who share the same desire to help families achieve the safety and dignity gained by owning a decent home.

Please feel free to contact me at sally.sipos@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!

Looking forward to sharing a wonderfully rewarding experience with you!



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