Mission: Malawi matters inc. Is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to develop and facilitate hiv and aids education with the people of malawi, africa. By connecting agencies and organizations and using hands-on techniques grounded in malawian culture, we believe that malawian youth and adults can find solutions to the hiv and aids crisis as well as improve and enhance the quality of life in this economically impoverished, but spiritually rich nation. Our expressed goals *stress hiv and aids prevention through active, hands-on education utilizing the arts and culture *develop a core group of malawian trainers to sustain our education programs *communicate why it is vital to learn about hiv and aids in all spheres of life *support on-going efforts to identify methods and skills necessary to address hiv and aids issues *stimulate youth and adults to think creatively about hiv and aids issues
Programs: In 2008, six one-week courses were offered for 279 members of 81 congregations. Malawi matters inc incorporated in may 2008 and formed a board of directors in september 2008. We received our 501(c)(3) irs status in december 2009. In 2009, evaluation sessions were held with eleven former students. In 2011, nearly 500 key leaders -- chilangiza counselors for boys and for girls, church clerks, church ministers and their wives, head teachers of primary & secondary schools, hiv & aids committee chairs, home-based care chairs, men's & women's guild chairs, sunday school superintendents, and youth club leaders from 43 c. C. A. P. Nkhoma synod congregations in kongwe, malembo, mvera, and nkhoma presbyteries each received five days of training to become certified instructors of "creative methods of hiv & aids education" and each church developed an action plan to implement with its constituent groups. In several of nkhoma synod's 16 presbyteries, hiv and aids representatives have been mentored into leadership positions to continue working with churches and communities in their region
I have been a donor & volunteer for Malawi Matters Inc. since its early beginnings. From gathering supplies to packaging them for the next courses, to their Taste of Malawi fundraiser and hearing from those who have travelled to help teach a course, I know my donations are going right to help Malawians.
MMI has now facilitated its 20 class/week-long course "Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education" for 178 congregations in Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Nkhoma Synod. 12 key volunteers (by category of leadership) are conducting programs with groups in their churches/schools/villages.
As the program developed, they saw two very weak areas and MMI worked with the in-country folks to begin two more programs: Culture and HIV-AIDS which addresses harmful cultural practices. This has now been done in 33 congregations for adults of the congregation as well as secondary school youth! The other weak link was the information women share with girls - so many dedicated, loving women with such misinformation, old myths. Soon MMI worked with 13 in-country women to design, develop & deliver "Equipping Women - Empowering Girls," a 15 class course for 6 lady leaders of each congregation. In all cases, the people trained return to teach their respective groups. Imagine and believe how effectively this method equips each church!
MMI has a follow-up and sustainability plan in place for each village where trained and volunteer leaders in each area work to put the three phases - Implement, Instruct, and Interact in place. These are amazing methods which have lasting effects!