- BVDA works with NAYO (Nancholi Youth Organisation), a small community-based organization in Southern Malawi established in 2004.
- NAYO’s 175 volunteers work in 16 villages in the Nancholi area to implement activities related to HIV/ AIDS, human rights, environmental protection and youth empowerment.
- The volunteers receive one week’s training at the start of the project to equip them with basic knowledge to work successfully in the community.
- The project consists of construction (an ART Clinic to treat people with HIV and a Community-Based Care Centre (CBCC) are past examples), teaching in Midland Academy Secondary School, helping in the nutrition clinic and assisting NAYO with the editing of documents.
- Each year BVDA sends one or two groups of six for 7 weeks.
- The volunteers live in a house in the heart of Nancholi village, in close proximity to the NAYO office.
Information about Malawi
- Malawi is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, bordering Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia.
- Malawi gained independence in 1964, having previously been a British protectorate called Nyasaland.
- Lake Malawi, found in the North-Eastern quarter of the country, is the third largest lake in Africa. It also contains more species of fish than any other lake in the world.
- Malawi is a democratic, multi-party government, currently under the leadership of Peter Mutharika who won with 36.4% of the vote in 2014 elections.
- The Malawian government depends heavily on outside aid to meet development needs.
- Malawi has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the world.
- Malawi has a population of over 15 million, with a wide range of different ethnic groups.
- The official language of Malawi is English, but Chichewa is commonly spoken too.
- 82.6% of Malawians are Christian and 13% are Muslim.
- Malawi is colloquially referred to as the 'Warm Heart of Africa', due to its famously welcoming and friendly people.
- The median age is 16.3 years, largely due to the excess mortality caused by a high prevalence of AIDS.
- 10.8% of the adult population are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS. This is the 9th highest in the world.
- At 3.33%, Malawi has the 6th highest population growth rate in the world.
- Life expectancy is 58yrs for males and 62yrs for females.
Nancholi Youth Organisation
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