Temwa work in remote, rural areas of northern Malawi – where 40% of the population live on less than £1 a day, 16% are HIV-positive, and one in three people struggle to feed themselves each day.
Their mission is to develop self-sufficient communities by supporting projects in education, health, agriculture and forestry, and microfinance.
train villagers in the importance of good nutrition and sustainable farming;
plant trees to combat the effects of deforestation and climate change;
run mobile HIV testing clinics and establish HIV support groups;
promote young children’s literacy skills and fund students through secondary school;
provide microfinance loans to budding entrepreneurs.
Their work supports some of the most vulnerable households in the region, such as those which are headed by a female or child, have HIV-positive members, or are hosting one or more orphans.
At the heart of everything Temwa do is our commitment to community-led development: all our projects are developed in partnership with the people we support. In this way, we can work together to break the poverty cycle and create lasting, sustainable change for the future.
"Legs4Africa are the Bristol based charity that gets people walking again in Africa. Through recycling prosthetic legs that would otherwise end up in landfill and setting up amputee support groups Legs4Africa is helping thousands of people a year to get back on their feet.
Deliver a Leg is a project they have created which aims to utilise travellers who are already venturing to countries that they work in. The 'Leg Deliverers' transport much needed equipment to Legs4Africa’s partner mobility centres.
The charity is now successfully collecting hundreds of prosthetics a year, but the most expensive and long-winded part of the process is shipping the legs to Africa. Disabled people are in need of prosthetic legs so they can be active and mobile members of their community and escape the isolation that limb loss can cause."
African Initiatives is an international development charity working with Maasai, Iraqw and other pastoralist communities in the challenging socio-economic landscape of northern Tanzania.
Pastoralists are some of the most marginalised people in the world. Pastoralist women and girls, in particular, are denied basic human rights. The right to go to school. The right to choose when and whom to marry. The right to use contraception and access healthcare. The right to earn an income and inherit property or land. The right to have a say in decision-making.
African Initiatives was established in Bristol in 1997. From the start, we have engaged with local communities through grassroots partners who have a deep understanding of pastoralist societies and the shifting contexts.
Together, we work to a future where even the most vulnerable have the opportunity to enjoy Maisha Bora - it means a 'Good Life' in Kiswahili.
Our approach has education and learning at its heart. We sensitise parents to the value of girls' education so they send their daughters to school rather than exchange them in marriage for a dowry. We train teachers so girls and boys enjoy a quality education and pass their exams. When they finish their education, we offer vocational and finance training so they can set up their own businesses and enjoy a dignified way of living.
Of course, along the way, we spread awareness of HIV/AIDS and family planning, and encourage open discussion about harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
With your help, we can ensure Maisha Bora is a possibility for all.