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Malawi - Mulanje
Join this team helping to provide a 'hand up' to vulnerable populations in Malawi
April 21st - 29th 2019
Our 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. 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. Strong winds during rainy season frequently damage these roofs, 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.
- 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
$2,240 + round-trip airfare + $650 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 Blantyre, 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.
Hi! My name is Brenley Crawford and I live in Mississauga. I retired early from full time teaching in order to have more time to pursue my passions of travelling, rock climbing, and volunteering. I am a firm believer in Habitat For Humanity’s “hand up, not a handout” philosophy. I have been involved with my local Habitat affiliate since 2007, and with HFH Global Village for several years. Malawi will be my ninth build. My previous builds (Zambia, New Zealand, El Salvador, Philippines, Honduras, Fiji, Nicaragua, and Halifax) were all unique and rewarding, offering the opportunity to build several different types of housing, as well as to experience and interact with cultures and people around the world. You may think that you cannot personally make the world a better place; however you can definitely change and improve the life of one family!
Participating on a GV team is hard work, but it is also a lot of fun! It might just be the most rewarding thing that you have ever done. No construction experience is necessary, just a commitment to working with a team of like-minded people hoping to do a bit of good in the world. 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 the on-line application!