Malawi Sustainability Project

Kang'oma Youth

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Our fundraising efforts are driven to support transformation of an impoverished area of 6,000 people in Malawi that relies on maize into a self-sustaining community that embraces permaculture-based solutions.

The underlying theme that drives F2F is to take a holistic, culturally sensitive approach to nurturing fundamental, long-lasting improvements in the poorest rural communities.

Hillseeker®, Reebok CrossFit Zurich and BeastMode Bärn have had a close relationship with the Kang’oma Community and F2F for 7 years and have experienced firsthand the unique approach that F2F is taking to improve lives in Malawi. In recent years, several other groups joined hands with us in support of this great cause, including CrossFit Zug-Luzern, CrossFit Horgen-Meilen, CrossFit GVA and CrossFit Schaffhausen. The project for which we’re teaming up with other CrossFit communities to raise funds for in 2016 is summarized below.

Impoverished rural communities in Malawi struggle with drought, floods, disease, and an unstable national economy. For decades, Malawi’s subsistence farmers, who overwhelmingly grow maize, have been at the mercy of conditions outside their control, including a growing dependency on costly chemical fertilizers. The project enables the Kang’oma community to relinquish its reliance on maize and adopt permaculture principles — sustainable, self-sufficient agriculture that utilizes the land’s natural parameters. Going from monoculture to permaculture is a big step to independence, and requires a change in farm practices, lifestyle, and mindset.

The Face-to-Face Project in Malawi, 2016.

The reality of making the world a better place…

 

Our friends all over the world who have participated in the 24-in-24 events (and related activities) has made a difference in the lives of those facing grave difficulties.

 

F2F thanks Jeff and Becky Grant, Chrigu Imhof, Moritz Furrer, Apiyo Amolo, and Louise Masterson for taking the time to visit our work in Malawi directly. Not only do they create events that support the activities of F2F, but they care personally about our work and want to see firsthand the remarkable results taking place. We will continue to find opportunities to visit Malawi for anyone that wants to join us.

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Jeff Grant, Becky Grant, Chrigu Imhof, and many others help us succeed!

 

Face-to-Face Project succeeds because we enable people to rely on themselves — everything we do strengthens an attitude of “we can help ourselves.” Your effort makes this possible for over180 rural villages, nearly 500 chiefs and over 100,000 people.

 

For 2016, reports indicate that hot and dry conditions associated with a strong El Nino will create a record drought in Southern Africa. Oxfam warns that up to 3 million Malawians could face starvation. Given the current situation associated with a real threat of drought and food shortages, social issues are stressed.

 

We encourage you to take look at our ambitious plans. Your help makes these projects possible.

 

THE 10-TO-50 ANTI-HUNGER PROJECT

 

  • Creating a 400% increase in households that improve food production in the total number of home gardens.
  • Building community resiliency: Drought resiliency in 180 rural villages is amplified as families benefit from larger harvests, greater plant diversity and therefore reduced risk of relying on one crop, better nutrition, and more income.

 

Mkazikonola farmers proudly display cucumbers.

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THE YOUTH TOURNAMENT OF HOPE

 

Our youth groups offer a profound way to change the culture, educate young people, and increase the connection to each other.

 

500 rural youth in 17 youth groups compete in a tournament where players and audience members learn about HIV treatment, HIV social acceptance, malaria, innovative farming techniques, and more. Other social issues are discussed such as postponing marriage and child birth until later in life.

 

Kang’oma Tournament of Hope participants cheer at their trophy presentation.
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THE STRONG & POSITIVE MOTHER’S CLUB OF KANG’OMA

 

Below, a happy Agness Chimutu displays her robust practical permaculture home garden.

 

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Rural HIV+ mothers form a club and learn permaculture, leadership, public speaking, and HIV skills — and then they go out, disclose their HIV status, and teach everyone how to grow more food, get tested for HIV, and inspire HIV+ women and men to feel proud and included. Your efforts support theirs!

Joyce, below shows her 30-day-old maize, a happy success story. 

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THE RISING STARS & F2F’S HIV+ YOUTH GROUP

 

In order to fight stigma, which only encourages ignorance and misunderstanding, HIV+ youth learn to care for themselves, medically, emotionally and socially with their HIV status.

 

  • 35 HIV+ youth now care for themselves and their HIV.
  • This influences 15 rural youth groups to encourage over 500 villagers to get tested for HIV.

 

Edgar and the rest of our group are preparing to lead a whole generation of youth who will finally stop the spread of HIV.

 

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CHIEFS, FOOTBALL, AND STRONGER VILLAGES

 

Face-to-Face recognizes the influence and responsibility that Chiefs have as leaders in a culture that relies on their leadership skills and ability to collaborate.

 

  • Involve 12 chiefs from two districts football events; Use their position to increase resident participation in new programs.
  • These public, crowd gathering events give the Chiefs an opportunity to outline programs and community opportunity.

 

A youngster, below, pays deep attention to a lesson in progress, in our Ticket to Success Program

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With deep gratitude…

 

The entire F2F team thanks you for your effort and your participation in the 24-in-24 events. In doing so, you help us create healthy self sustaining lives where communities help themselves. These communities in turn help other communities so the results continue to grow. The money you raise has a profound impact on the lives of those we serve. We are deeply grateful.

 

Ken Wong, executive director, April 2016