I founded this organization 7 years ago and this cause has become my passion, my drive, my life! We work incredibly hard collaboratively with the Malawians to come up with African solutions for the root causes of poverty. We want our work to be sustainable, and Malawian run and we are adapting constantly to the changes and needs to help solve problems in rural Malawi. We are working on prevention and reducing the factors that lead to extreme poverty. This focus has led us to develop programs in education (from early childhood to secondary school and college), health care (from transportation to the hospital to outreach and awareness about common illnesses), micro-finance (loans for cooperatives and women to allow families to have economic independence and earn an income), forest conservation (protection of one of the last remaining rainforests in sub-sahara Africa, and HIV/AIDS awareness. We all very much want to make a difference!
I am a board member and a donor who first learned about this nonprofit through an article in the newspaper. I invited the founders to talk to my college class, which led to student projects designed to help the organization and student interest in joining the group in Malawi. One student earned a prestigious fellowship from the college to go to Malawi and since that first student, others have followed. They find the experience transformative. The organization has been nimble and smart, making changes as needed to help Malawians to help themselves.
You will never find more heart out of the people that are involved in this organization. FLFH has found ways to adapt to make a lasting impact on both the people they help in Malawi and volunteers that join them on their travels.
I think our organization is unique in how we operate. We have developed a collaborative program with not only our partner committee in M'Pamila, but also with other community committees to ensure our programs are being run properly and that they are effective. This system has allowed a greater amount of people from the community to be involved in program development, and program assessment. While we do have direct oversight from our Organization for all of our programs, it is very important to us to have our programs being run and evaluated by the community members who are most impacted by the programs. The only way in which this system works is if there is a strong communication line between all the committees, and with our organization. We feel lucky that this type of communication exists.