In 2015, Homes4Hope in partnership with Hope and Healing and Habitat for Humanity expanded their efforts to Malawi.
Salima is situated in eastern Malawi on the Malawi River approximately 100km from the capital city of Lilongwe. Its exports are made up of rice and fish. Despite its exports, Malawi as a country remains of the least developed and it’s population largely rural.
Through this program, Homes4Hope aimed to assist 100+ families living with disabilities by providing safe, high-quality, disability access homes and necessary medical and rehabilitation services. The environment of families living disabilities is one where they are often rejected and isolated from their communities. They are unable to secure meaningful employment due to their status and left to live, raise and care for their families in extremely unsafe homes which they rent. It is not uncommon to hear and see these mud and thatch built homes crumble during the devastating rainy season Malawi experiences.
The recipient families are identified by community workers and village leaders and endorsed by both Hope and Healing Canada and Habitat for Humanity. Many have given up hope due to their current living situation and lack of support from the community.
New high-quality, safe and bright homes are built on or near their existing dwellings where possible with the title of the land and home passed to the family directly. The homes are built by skilled local contractors employed by Habitat for Humanity, recipient families, local volunteers and volunteers from abroad including Homes4Hope donors. Each home takes two months to build to allow for careful construction and time to settle ensuring longevity of the home. They are also built to be disability accessible and all are designed to be protected from the harsh elements of Malawi’s rainy season.
In addition to the home, Hope and Healing Canada will work with each family to aid the adult and/or children living with a disability to ensure the best possible quality of life for them and the family. This comes through way of medical aid and/or rehabilitation services. Further, they will work with the with the families over time as they are settled into their new homes to continue to augment their quality of living through identifying and enabling opportunity to earn higher income. For example, a family once moved into their new home may identify an opportunity to bake and sell bread to the community. Hope and Healing Canada will work with family to secure micro-finance to help launch the venture.
By all measures, this partnership program is seen as a great success and has led to studying and identifying how NGOs can do more in partnership to aid those in need around the world.