Some of the most vulnerable people in Malawi, are those living with HIV/AIDS. In response to this need, Tearfund’s partner, LISAP (Livingstonia Synod AIDS Programme) was birthed. They play an incredible role, both helping to mobilize and empower communities to support those living with HIV&AIDS, but also to help educate on prevention.
LISAP's projects have a strong emphasis on educating young people to understand their rights and make their views known to their peers and families, such as life skills clubs in schools which explore issues of child labour, early forced marriage, HIV/Aids and the importance of education.
Working alongside the local church, LISAP promote both physical and spiritual health. Their work and continued research links into the Global Goals for Sustainable Development of quality education for all, good health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities which is worldwide movement.
Brenda, is one example of the work LISAP is doing to empower the local community to see sustainable change. She has been trained as a Mother Buddy, working with LISAP to support vulnerable pregnant women and prevent transmission of HIV from parent to child.
16-year-old Emmanuel is another example. His parents used to beat him and withhold food when he wanted to go to school. Emmanuel was empowered to return to the classroom with the support of LISAP. He is now flourishing and his relationship with his family has been restored.
There is a huge need in Malawi and specifically within this community. LISAP would love a team of enthusiastic volunteers to spend three months, living, learning and serving alongside them.
So, are you ready?
Three months volunteering in Malawi will both challenge you personally and stretch your faith. You will experience how the local church is at the heart of tackling poverty and injustice and have the chance to show God’s love in practical ways as you visit and learn from inspirational communities.
Who are we looking for?
Individuals who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend three months living in Malawi, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and LISAP staff.
What will you be doing?
- Home visits to vulnerable families living with HIV or AIDS.
- Working with youth leaders to engage and empower the youth and young people in development
- Teaching life skills classes on HIV/AIDS
- Working with the local church and the church community mobalisation project on issues of human rights, advocacy and sustainability
- Supporting LISAP with organisational development of their programmes, raising awareness in local communities
The cost mentioned above includes pre-departure training, insurance, debrief, a medical package, administrative costs and in-country travel, accommodation and food.
Please note, flights, visas and vaccinations are not included.
For more information about additional costs, check out our ‘All you need to know’ section.