Malawi is facing an increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children as a result of the HIV/AIDS crisis that is compounded by poverty and food insecurity. Two years ago, Habitat for Humanity Malawi (HFHM) decided to intervene by starting an Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program. On this Global Village trip, team members will travel to Mulanje, Malawi to support HFHM’s OVC program. They will have the opportunity to place their work building a home within a broader social context to achieve a deeper understanding of the issues that many residents of Malawi face.
Malawi, formerly the British Protectorate of Nyasaland, is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, surrounded by Tanzania, Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa), Mozambique and Zambia. Malawi is a country of gorgeous scenery and extremely friendly and welcoming people. The Great Rift Valley runs north to south, surrounded by mountain ranges and high plateaus.
Malawi ranks among the world’s least developed countries. The economy is predominately agricultural, with about 85 percent of the population engaged in smallholder farming.
About Habitat for Humanity in Malawi
Habitat for Humanity Malawi started in the capital city of Lilongwe in 1986. HFH Malawi is constructing houses of burnt clay bricks, cement floors and tile roofs. More than 5,000 houses have been built.
Types of construction for volunteers
Typical work for Global Village team members may include: mixing mortar and concrete, carrying construction materials, fixing chicken wires, digging foundations, making bricks, carrying water and more.
Day 1 (Friday): Depart from the United States.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrive in Malawi; dinner and overnight.
Day 3 (Sunday): Breakfast at the hotel; welcome and orientation with local staff; lunch at hotel; work in the afternoon; dinner and overnight.
Days 4-7 (Monday-Thursday): Typical build day: breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time in the evenings for local cultural activities; dinner; team activities.
Day 8 (Friday): Work a half-day; lunch on-site; house dedication and farewell ceremony in the afternoon; drive back to Lilongwe; dinner and overnight
Day 9 (Saturday): Breakfast at the hotel; cultural activities and free time; dinner and overnight.
Day 10 (Sunday): Depart for home.
There will be other opportunities for cultural activities in the evenings, during free time and during days off.
Teams traveling to Malawi usually stay in either guesthouses or small hotels, depending on the location. Breakfast and dinner are usually provided at lodging, and lunch is typically provided on-site.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Anne Shaffer Myers serves as the project coordinator for Habitat for Humanity International’s Government Relations and Advocacy office, working to support the office’s various initiatives. Before coming to HFHI, Anne worked as the volunteer coordinator for Sea Island Habitat in South Carolina. Anne has led previous GV trips to other countries including Paraguay and Fiji and is very excited to lead her first trip to Malawi. If you have questions about the trip, please email Anne at email@example.com.