AACES Media gallery

Accessing water

This community outside of Lilongwe city, Malawi had relied on a dirty nearby water spring for water. The water is full of bacteria causing frequent illness and would often dry out. The women would queue from 4am onwards to collect their water and were vulnerable to attack by neighbouring villages. Through this program the community have now built a borewater source close to their village.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Learning from each other

Animators are a key part of these programs. The animators coach and teach the whole community about issues that affect them and solutions to problems. This animator is in Nkhungulu village, Malawi, he is role-playing for the community how to learn development techniques from neighbours, and how they can continue to support and learn from each other.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Strong women, powerful communities

Sustainable growth and development can only occur when everyone – women, men and children – are involved in planning and implementing their community’s development. Caritas Australia works with both women and men to improve the economic and social participation of women and girls in their communities. (Photo from Endashang'wet village, Tanzania.)

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Start with a vision - Build with strengths

The Chief mentioned at this community meeting that before CADECOM came to work with them, the ‘village was like a dead community. It did not have a human face’. The strengths based approach helps them realise their strengths and assets, including natural resources but most importantly their human potential, skills, strengths and abilities.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Gabriel from Nkhungulu village

Gabriel from Nkhungulu village in Malawi is a role model in his community. Gabriel is HIV positive and through the AACES program he now supports and coaches other people with HIV/AIDS to cope and care for themselves, as well as working to break down stigma in the community.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Community vision

Peter Maduki of Caritas Tanzania shows Caritas staff the village of Endashang’wet, Tanzania and their community’s vision for five years’ time.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Communicating about hygiene and sanitation

Patrick - a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene specialist of Mbulu Diocese in Tanzania - shows one of the resources he uses with communities to help them improve and teach each other about hygiene and sanitation. Stacey is a Health and Physical Education teacher at Newman College in Perth. She is interested in how these communities manage to communicate important messages of hygiene and sanitation practices so she can communicate this information to her students.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Raising goats

A boy of Endashang’wet Village in Tanzania chases his family’s goats. As part of the program the community has an increase in livestock. The goats provide milk for the family and manure for gardening. The first kid will be ‘passed on’ to another member in the community.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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More seeds, food and nutritious recipes

Through seedbanks and agricultural training in the village of Nkhungulu, Malawi, the community now has more produce to feed their families and to sell at market. Here the women demonstrate the variety of food they produce with the grains they grow from the seeds. The increase in the availability of nutritious food has also helped people with HIV/AIDS as good nutrition is key to maximising the effectiveness of ARV medicine.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Dream in colour

In Malawi, the GVH Nkhovan village share their 5 year vision for their community. The process for developing their community vision included consultation and participation by a wide range of community members including men, women and children. The community talk about this process helping them to ‘dream in colour’.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Working together for the community's vision

The community planning is not about a ‘wish list’ of material items to be obtained or donated. It is an important process where the community comes together to outline their strengths, dream for the future and set realistic goals as to how they can work together as a community to realise their vision. GVH Nkhovan village, Malawi.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Storing pumpkin leaves

Regina Gumulira of Nkhungulu village, Malawi proudly shows her innovative leaf sack that is used to store pumpkin leaves while they dry out. The leaves provide good minerals and nutrients that are necessary for those in the village who take ARVs for HIV/AIDS treatment. The nutritional needs of people with HIV/AIDS are greater due to their immune system fighting off opportunistic infections.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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A family in Kamphata, Malawi

After one month into the program in Kamphata, Malawi, this family has already seen significant changes. They have a latrine, hand washing facilities, a dish-drying rack and many other initiatives that have improved hygiene and sanitation.

Credit: John Reed

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Arid lands

The land in both Tanzania and Malawi is arid and drought-like most of the year. The lack of roads to the communities, vulnerability to disasters such as drought, as well as erosion and dry soil conditions mean that the communities have experienced shortages of food supply. This photo is taken in Endashang’wet in Tanzania where the program is working to increase food security and improve access to water.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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