* As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic all of Phunzira’s programmes in Malawi have been temporarily suspended until further notice. We will not be accepting volunteers at this time. We will continue to raise funds for ongoing COVID-19 response activities, such as purchase of protective items and NYM staff salary relief. *
Phunzira is a UK-based charity that was founded in 2009 in order to help impoverished children and adults in the north of Malawi receive better education and health care.
Our main objective is to provide resources and materials to the people of Ruarwe and its surrounding villages, and to create an approachable and healthy environment that focuses on long-term, sustainable community development.
We believe in the notion of collective responsibility and awareness, and seek to initiate grass-roots projects that encourage social and economic growth whilst always maintaining a focus on community and individual empowerment.
“To help provide academic and non-academic educational and health assistance to impoverished children and adults in the north of Malawi”
Malawi is ranked one of the poorest countries in the world (GDP per capita) and Phunzira operates in an extremely poor, rural area that relies almost exclusively on subsistence farming and fishing for its food. Historically there has been almost no development in the region.
All our projects are conceived, budgeted and implemented by local institutions, and are monitored and supported by us throughout the process. Recipients of project funding are required to be fully transparent throughout. Our combination of high quality, in the field monitoring, in-depth analysis, and individual project support have created and maintained a community development platform based on transparency, honesty and communication. This has been a costly process, both in terms of hard work and financial resources, but has been integral to the success of our projects and partnerships in Malawi.
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