Youth -led community based organization (CBO) operating in Vunguvungu VDC under the jurisdiction of GVH Mwembe, TA Kachulu in Livingstonia mountains of Rumphi district along the Nyika-boarder, northern Malawi. Formed on 17th November 2019.
We are happy to host volunteers who would love to join our tree planting projects, help us with fish farming and permaculture at our small farm, looking after the elderly and children, teaching computer to the youths, fight menstrual poverty, teach sports and all sorts of new ideas to stir change in our village.
At RISE, we value;
• Hard work
• Team spirit
o Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030)
o Malawi Vision 2063
o Malawi growth and development strategies (MGDS III)
CLIMATE ACTION AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
To train communities in practices which will reduce the risk of environmental degradation and alterations in global temperature. Such practices include but not limited to the following tree planting, Disaster preparedness, charcoal briquettes, rocket stoves etc.
To engage in advocacy on the need for biodiversity conservation, carbon emissions and the significance of carbon sinks.
Advocate for the Polluter Pays Principle (PPP) and carbon tax.
WATER, SANITATION AND HEALTH
To empower local authorities to manage water resources using Integrated Water Resource Management approach and establish good monitoring systems;
To improve the quality of surface and ground water and develop a system for pollution control by among others improving the skills, technologies and techniques in water quality monitoring and pollution control and by preventing use of substances and aquatic plants that can pollute water resources;
To improve sustainable access to water supply and sanitation in our target areas by among others establishing water supply and sanitation systems using demand responsive and demand driven approaches, and the establishment of contingency water supply reserves and sanitation backups; Handwashing, toilets, water points etc.
WOMEN AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
To strengthen the RISE capacity for effective co-ordination of alcohol policy implementation;
Affirmative action to increase women and youth small and medium scale business in Phoka to reduce drinkers
Break the cultural/traditional factors which create and perpetuate alcoholism among women and youths in Phoka.
To engage women and youths in sporting activities such as cycling, soccer, netball, volleyball etc., inorder to trade off with alcohol.
To turn negative effects of low income levels in Phoka communities by influencing technical, vocational and entrepreneurship education for women and youth at Mbulunji community college.
To encourage technologies for processing and adding value to agricultural products largely farmed in Phoka such as: pineapples, honey, bananas, coffee, sugarcane etc.
To increase awareness and carry out activities which promote Sexual and Reproductive Health among the adolescents to avoid early pregnancies.
To promote education and training which will target on reducing the rate of child marriages and redeem those youths already in marriages to continue with education.
o Tree nurseries and planting
o Girls football team
o Awareness campaigns
o Market clean up
o Computer literacy
o Bee keeping
o Sexual reproductive health and rights
o Eco building
o Early child nutrition and development
o Gender Based Violence (GBV) activism
o Indigenous poultry production systems
o Group savings and loans
o Vegetable farming
o Charity for the less privileged and vulnerable
o HIV/AIDS and COVID 19 Awareness
SOURCE OF FUNDS
• Sales of tree nurseries, vegetables and poultry
• Membership fees
• Grants and donations
• The Mushroom Farm
• The University of Livingstonia
• TWESA In Community Development
• The Primary Health Care (PHC) Department
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
It will be an unforgettable experience - you will get to engage in Malawian life, learn more about the culture, share your knowledge and have meaningful interactions with the locals.
You will be assisting a small grassroots organisation which is run entirely by volunteers, sources funds from internal contributions, tree nursery sales and receives no international funding. Your time and help will make a difference to some of the poorest people in Malawi.
Volunteering can be a great way to build confidence, develop personally, learn new skills or even just develop old ones. It looks good on your CV (resume) and may give you something interesting to talk about in a job interview.
When you apply to volunteer with our project we will do our best to tailor a program which is suitable to your skills and the needs of the organization. Please let us know before you arrive if you have any specific skills or areas of interest so we can plan activities accordingly.
When you arrive in Livingstonia, Rumphi, you will be met by a member of the our project team and taken to your accommodation to get settled. We can also help you with other tasks such as buying a local SIM (for internet data, texts and calls) or any other essentials you may need.
The next (weekday) morning, you will be taken to our project’s office where you will be able to meet other members and volunteers. You will be given a chance to learn more about our project and to introduce yourself to the team. Together we will create a programme which can make best use of your skills, interests and time.
Volunteers generally work five days a week and have their weekends off, although this timetable is flexible (sometimes there will be an activity planned at the weekend.) Every Monday morning there will be a team meeting at the projects office for us to share ideas and plan the activities for the week ahead. All volunteers are expected to attend this meeting weekly to enable us to collaborate effectively as a group. All volunteers will also be invited to the our projects Whatsapp group, where we share photos and information about our activities with other members.
For those who have a laptop or who would like to help with grant writing, blogs and other administrative work, we generally spend the mornings in the office (from approximately 8.30 until 12.30) before going home for lunch. The afternoon activities can vary depending on the day and the program of the volunteers.
Volunteers with specific skills and experience can request to work with one of our local partners outside of our project. For example, we can help doctors or those with a medical background to be placed in a local hospital or arrange for teachers to assist in a school. Volunteers are encouraged to come forward with creative concepts for new projects which can help the community. While we welcome all ideas, we do request that you continue to involve our project in your plans during your stay through continued communication with other members, and by attending the weekly meetings.
Please be aware that the office may be up to 30 minutes walk from your accommodation (depending on where you are staying) and that other planned activities may be further away. Volunteers may rent a motor bike for 1500 MWK ($2) per day for ease of travelling on these days.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Our project is a local Community Based Organisation (CBO) based in Livingstonia, Rumphi, Malawi, which was established on 19 November 2020. Our project aims to positively impact the citizens of Livingstonia, Rumphi district through building and strengthening Resilient Initiatives with Sustainable Empowerment (RISE). In this regard, our project envisions an environmentally healthy, educated and socio-economically balanced society.
To achieve a sustainable community development in Livingstonia, Rumphi, Malawi, our project is working in three thematic areas:
● Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture: Tree planting activities, promotion and construction of improved firewood cooking stoves, briquette fabrication from market wastes and maize husks, promotion of organic farming techniques and raising awareness about environmental issues.
● Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): Training of villagers in hygienic issues, waste collection activities, facilitation of the construction of public toilets and awareness raising about the importance of a clean and hygienic environment, menstruation hygiene in schools and the community.
● Women and Youth Empowerment: Training in income generation activities and encouragement to take part in decision making processes, facilitation of access to schools for underprivileged girls and boys, managing pen-pal schemes to improve communication, cultural awareness and language skills, training and awareness raising on HIV/AIDS prevention and the importance of healthy nutrition..
Chichewa, Chewa, Nyanja: Fluent
This host offers a language exchange
We would greatly prefer those volunteers who are interested in teaching English to kids at a local pre school. Those who can teach Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry at a Community Secondary School are highly recommended.
We encourage volunteers to opt for our homestay accommodation option, where you will be hosted by one of our project’s members or friends in their family home. This is a great opportunity to experience the unique culture of Malawi and to interact and make friends with a local family. You will have your own room and private space for sleeping or relaxing in the evenings. We will do our best to ensure that you are comfortable and well looked after during your stay, however please be aware that facilities are basic and you must be comfortable using local drop toilets and bucket showers.
Your food will be prepared by the family and you will receive 3 meals a day. The food mainly consists of tea/coffee and some bread/cake/porridge or potatoes for breakfast. For lunch and dinner we generally eat rice or nsima (a local dish made from maize flour) with some vegetables, beans, meat or fish. Sometimes, fruit or salad will also be served. This is the staple food here and we hope you learn to love it! Volunteers will also be able to help their host family with preparing the food and even cook a dish from their own country if they wish.
We do not limit volunteers the right to contribute towards groceries and accommodation costs. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements before arriving - Vegetarian, vegan and other diets can be catered for. If volunteers require any other snacks beside the three main meals these can easily be purchased in the local market. Bottled water is not included but is also available at the local market.
If the volunteer prefers to stay on their own, other arrangements are also possible. For volunteers that are travelling in a car or are carrying tents, we can provide free access to a fenced space with running water and sanitation facilities. If needed, we can also provide a charcoal stove for cooking.
For those who prefer to cook for themselves and have more privacy, the option of renting a small private apartment can be discussed with us. There is the Mushroom Farm lodge available and we can assist you in finding an affordable option if required.
The Livingstonia mountains being at the foot of the famous Nyika National PARK, provides a great playing grounds for people who love-- hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, photographing.
The fresh water lake is 15km down the mountains. With nice beaches to spend your free time. You will enjoy walking on foot in the path of GORODI, looking at a the amazing scenery beauty and beyond the lake to Mozambique and Tanzania. The closest city is Mzuzu, about 3 hours away on public transport.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 7 hours a day, 5 days a week