In Malawi, 29% of adolescents age 15 to 19 have begun bearing children and as a result many women drop out of school to care for their children. For single mothers, the available resource to help them move forward with personal development and literacy is scarce. By implementing a program to empower single mothers with
The Foundation has supported the establishment of a community-run garden by a small group of women on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi. We continue to support them in running and managing the Tiyanjane Garden (tiyanjane means ‘togetherness’), which supplies Kaya Mawa Lodge and the surrounding villages with fresh produce through a more sustainable supply chain.
The Foundation sponsors a reforestation project on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi that aims to reduce the negative impacts of deforestation, such as soil erosion and run off, through small community-managed tree nurseries. Importantly, the project is creating sustainable livelihoods and improving resource management for the health of both the natural environment and the people that live within it. Due to the continuous population growth on the island, more and more of its natural trees are being chopped down to be used as firewood for household cooking and heating.
The Foundation initiated Clean Up Likoma in 2018, which is a community-led project aimed at reducing the amount of single-use plastic waste on the island in Lake Malawi. The project developed and continues to run the waste collection infrastructure, alongside the dedicated efforts to build knowledge and educate school children on the importance of keeping Likoma clean.