Tearfund works in partnership with eight Christian organisations and church development departments across Malawi, focusing in particular on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, food security, children at risk, HIV, water and sanitation, as well as advocacy. Our work began in 1998 through the Evangelical Association of Malawi, and through partners this work is reaching now more than a million people.
In April 2008, Tearfund established a country office in Lilongwe to provide administrative as well as technical support to the 11 partners who are implementing the various projects and programmes. This has improved the quality of services to poor communities through increased capacity building and monitoring of partners’ project activities.
In recent years, Tearfund supporters have been introduced to our long-term work in Malawi through the evolving story of Fombe village in the southern region of Chikwawa. Tearfund partner Eagles began working in Fombe, among other villages, during the food crisis of 2002, and has moved beyond providing emergency relief to mobilising the church to respond to the development needs of the community. As a result of the church’s work, the community has created vegetable gardens, established community-based childcare centres and drilled boreholes to provide clean safe water. Before, most women could not read or write, but now, thanks to an adult literacy school, 65 per cent of women in the village can read.