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Project information

HEAL: Health, Empowerment & Livelihoods in Malawi

To lift 500 out-of-school adolescent girls and young women from poverty through savings and enterprise training and deliver HIV prevention training and services to their communities in Mchinji District Malawi.

August 2016 - August 2017

Charity information: Act4Africa

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  • Need


    Low knowledge and appreciation of girls’ and women’s sexual rights leaves them at risk of early marriage, HIV infection and unwanted pregnancy. This combined with low knowledge and appreciation of girls’ and women’s human rights leaves females economically disadvantaged, resulting in the feminization of poverty. Imbalanced gender relations prevent Malawi from benefitting from the invaluable economic and social contributions that women bring.


    The project will deliver a high impact health and financial education initiative to relieve suffering and control disease along with empowering women in Mchinji District, Malawi. It will extend the provision of health information to adolescent girls and young women by providing financial literacy and enterprise training to imbue recognition of their power to escape from poverty through their engagement in income generating activities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the impact and incidence of HIV/AIDS on women and girls


    » Run interactive community based workshops on HIV/AIDS risk and prevention, gender equality, sexual rights and mutual gender respect.

    What success will look like

    Success will be 500 out of school adolescent girls and young women Aged 15 - 30 with improved HIV risk awareness; increased knowledge and appreciation women’s human/gender rights.

    Aim 2

    Train & equip 20 Community Mentors to deliver financial & enterprise education to village groups.


    » Deliver workshop sessions in savings, financial and enterprise skills to women's community groups backed by provision of training packs and support.

    What success will look like

    Success will be 500 young women benefiting from enterprise training leading to increased awareness of their power over their own personal survival & ability to escape poverty.

    Aim 3

    Increase recognition of girls’ pivotal role in family/community as potential economic providers.


    » Deliver workshops to challenge normative perceptions & behaviour in recognition of the role women can play in income reward & decision-making.

    What success will look like

    Success will be raised access to more remunerative employment/income.

  • Impact


    The groups will benefit from increased awareness of HIV transmission and an increased ability to negotiate and practice safe sex and live healthier and more positive lives; group savings and enterprise coaching will enable them to be less isolated, more confident and independent with increased access to higher earnings.


    It is anticipated that there could be a drop out rate of trainers. Also some trainers may not be capable of delivering training to an acceptable standard. In pilot studies drop out rates are typically approximately 20%. However, even with these anticipated drop out rates numbers of workshop delivered will provide meaningful results. Women may be reluctant to discuss gender and violence issues. Single sex workshop groups will be used for any sensitive discussions.


    Monitoring and evaluation is undertaken on a monthly basis. Annual impact reports will be provided which will include analysis of relevant data. These reports will also include photographic evidence. An end of project assessment report will also be provided including any lessons learned.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,100 Salaries 2 x Training Facilitators
      £3,408 Transport Annual fuel and maintenance costs for facilitators vehlicles
      £3,372 Training Training of beneficiaries
      £1,320 M&E Montoring and Evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Soroptimists International Manchester £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    In Mchinji District nearly 32% are ultra poor and over 33% of women have experienced sexual violence. Gender based violence is at an alarmingly high level of 41%. HIV prevalence is 11.8%. Healthcare services are inadequate and approximately 31% of the population have never had an HIV test.


    Target population is: approximately 410,000; (51% female; 49% male). The District will receive:
    • Delivery of the programme to 500 young women
    • Train (Training of Trainers - ToT) up to 20 Community Mentors
    Act4africa works in partnership with schools, health organisations and faith-based groups.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Act4Africa is an award-winning charity with a 15 year track record of effective HIV training & delivery at grassroots level in Uganda and Malawi. We have a strong track record and excellent existing relationships with a comprehensive network of schools and communities within the target districts. Faith Groups: We have an a unique voice and influence with this group built over many years. Health services: Strong links with the District Health Authority services have been built over many years

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bernard Makupete

    Bernard is our Project Manager in Malawi and has successfully delivered similar projects for us.



Community Trainer costs