ADRA Malawi Ends Its Twelve Year Support to TA Chikumbu in Mulanje
After twelve years working in traditional authority Chikumbu Mulanje district, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Malawi has finally stopped working in the district.
Sources say the organization’s main donors ADRA Sweden and ADRA Denmark pulled out its support to the organization.
Project Coordinator for ADRA’s Citizen Action for Change (CAC) Catherine Thangalimodzi said throughout its stay in the area, the organization used to impart skills to projects’ beneficiaries so that they continue implementing project activities after exiting the area.
“The good thing with ADRA, it was teaching the community how to fish and not just giving fish to people. For example as you can see we have trained this group how to make soap and this is just an example of skills we have been imparting to people in various areas we were working,” said Thangalimodzi.
She said ADRA Malawi is leaving the area a happy organization after implementing different projects such as women empowerment, enhanced livelihoods, Peter Wallenburg WASH Project (PWWP), and lately Citizen Action for Change (CAC) project.
Village headman Nsikita said the community’s face has changed because of projects which ADRA Malawi implemented in the area.
“This organization has lifted the face of this community, it has drilled 38 boreholes and rehabilitated close to 50 boreholes in this area, it has maintained small bridges and just see this soap making initiative. We really thank ADRA for transforming the area,” said VH Nsikita.
On Tuesday, the organization provided raw materials for soap production and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to Gomovi Jatropha Soap Making Group in Traditional Authority Chikumbu.
The group’s chairperson Doreen Kalingo said since they started making and selling soap six months ago, their livelihoods have changed so too the sanitation and hygiene in their homes.
“We will continue making soap for use in our homes and sell some to support our families with other needs,” said Kalingo.
Among the items donated to the group include 125 litres jatropha oil, caustic soda, buckets, gloves, five pairs of gumboots, aprons and face masks.