The program changing lives in Malawi and Tanzania

by Ruwanthi Perera | Apr 20, 2018

In Malawi and Tanzania, Caritas Australia works alongside several partner agencies to provide support to communities through the A+ Integrated Community Development Program.

The program has a focus on several key areas including agriculture, food security, nutrition, income development, water and sanitation, vocational training and Disaster Risk Reduction. In Malawi, Caritas Australia partners with CADECOM to implement the program in the Dioceses of Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre; while in Tanzania, Caritas works through two dioceses – Mbulu and Mahenge.

Key achievements

Still in its early phases, the A+ program has achieved:

  • The program has directly assisted approximately 7,430 people.
  • Over a thousand people have joined village savings and loans groups.
  • Approximately 3,880 people have better access to safe water with two key water points developed in the Malawian Diocese of Blantyre and Mzuzu

Rosina’s story

Rosina seated

Rosina, who is 70 years old, lives in the Katope region of Malawi, an area where the A+ program is being implemented.

Rosina has a great deal of responsibilities in her family – she is a widow with five children and six grandchildren. She works as a farmer but has struggled to generate a regular, stable income over the years. She hasn’t had a lot of training in best agricultural practices.

The village where Rosina and her family live is also a kilometre away from the nearest water well, and her family do not have a toilet.  

Rosina has been selected to take part in the A+ program, and with this comes a newfound feeling of hope for the future. The mother and grandmother hopes to gain an understanding of how to profit from clay pots that she moulds, an activity that has brought her joy over the years.

Rosina’s other goals from the program are that she and her family are food secure and have access to clean and safe drinking water.

30 Comments

  1. 30 Sam 23 Apr
    Great job caritas
  2. 29 Sam 23 Apr
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  3. 28 Sam.A 23 Apr
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  4. 27 Ferg 24 Apr
    Great job Caritas it’s good to see you guys helping people
  5. 26 Padua 24 Apr
    Thank you for your work
  6. 25 Georgie 24 Apr
    Well done caritas ! It’s great seeing you help the people in need!
  7. 24 Georgie 24 Apr
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  8. 23 Georgie 24 Apr
    Well done Caritas, its great seeing you help the people in need !
  9. 22 Padua student 25 Apr
    Well done Caritas! It's awesome how you all help everyone to the best of your abilities!"
  10. 21 eliza 26 Apr
    " amazing Caritas, you are so inspirational!"
  11. 20 Bartholomew 27 Apr
    I love the work of Caritas it is really good to know that an organisation as kind and supportive as Caritas does exist and that they are helping lots of people in need.
  12. 19 Ash.g 28 Apr
    Dear caritas thank you for all your hard work it’s really great and I wish you good luck
  13. 18 Ash.g 28 Apr
    Dear caritas thank you for all your hard work it’s really great and I wish you good luck
  14. 17 Ash.g 28 Apr
    Dear caritas thank you for all your hard work it’s really great and I wish you good luck
  15. 16 Poppy 29 Apr
    "good job caritas, your work is very inspiring"
  16. 15 Poppy 29 Apr
    "good job caritas, your work is very inspiring"
  17. 14 Poppy 29 Apr
    "good job caritas, your work is very inspiring"
  18. 13 Unknown 30 Apr
    Well done, thank you for helping these people Keep up the work
  19. 12 Amy 30 Apr
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  20. 11 Padua 30 Apr
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