Child Headed Homes are a reality in parts of Malawi including Ntcheu Bililia District. Due to HIV/AIDS some of the parents dying has meant children living alone and being raised by their own siblings average age of 10. Our goal in Ntcheu Bilila is to give back ownership and repsonsibility to local Community leaders. Voice of the African Child collaborate with Community leaders in Ntcheu involving teachers, doctor, chiefs and headman and clergy. The aim of the collaboration is to identify a way forward for the children living alone.
VOAC have agreed the following:
Reduce a donor mentality which always looks to AID by
Feeding of 65 children porridge every morning before they attend school
Opening a sewing Centre for widows with 10 sewing machines. The proceeds of the sales are to fund upkeep of their own children and the children living alone
Partnership with the local Mwalowera primary school to support the school
Opening a Vocational Skills Centre for the older youth leaving school to learn plastering, car mechanics, brickwork, Carpentry as they prepare for job skills and small enterprises.
Local Chiefs have donated land for agriculture. VOAC have collaborated with large agriculture firms to donate irrigation equipment as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. The proceeds from the agriculture is to feed the children and sales for profit. The money being ploughed back into the community espcially provision for the children with no parents and disadvantaged.
We support Mwalowera primary school in BILILA Ntcheu with library books, providing for the welfare of 20 orphans and a feeding programme.