Past Projects

Education Projects

Girls Attainment in Basic Literacy and Education Social Mobilization Campaign (GABLE SMC)

Funded by USAID -1994- 1998 (National wide, all schools and villages in Malawi) the project successfully changed negative attitudes, practices, beliefs and traditions of parents, teachers, children, initiation counselors, religious leaders and others towards girts’ education so that they began to dialogue and take action towards girl’s attendance, persistence and completion in primary schools

Girls Attainment In Basic Literacy and Education Social Mobilization Campaign (GABLE SMC-EQ) – 1998 – 2004 (national wide, all schools and villages in Malawi) designed to sensitize, motivate and mobilize communities (teachers, pupils, religious leaders, school management committees) to support and contribute to quality education for all children as they changed their attitudes and practices that left Improvement of education quality to government. Through the Implementation of the project, more school committees had become functional. Teachers, community leaders and SMC members had acquired a sense of ownership for their schools and were actively involved in improving the standards of education.

Malawi Education Support Activity (MESA) – 2003 – 2006 – (Mzimba South, Kasungu, Machinga and Phalombe districts) One key achievement under MESA was the mobilization of communities who supported orphans and vulnerable children through a number of orphan care activities and imparting local vocational skills to the children through collaboration with teachers. Communities were also equipped with proposal writing and grants management skills through the training and provision of small grants.

 

The Ambassadors Girls School•2005 – 2009 -With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the seven-year nationwide project supported more than 6000 under privileged children, 66% of them girts. Children from child-headed families, from grandparents-headed families and some taken into extended families received scholarship and mentoring support and a considerable fraction of them have been selected to secondary schools, those who would have otherwise withdrawn from school

The Primary School Support Program (PSSP) 2006 – 2008 funded by USAID was designed to integrate best practices in the education sector with the goal of achieving equitable access to quality basic education to children of Dowa district. Targeting all 234 schools in Dowa, the project was implemented in partnership with American Institute for Research and Malawi Institute of Education.

Civic Involvement in Primary Education (CIPE)-2003-2007

Funded by Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) The project aimed at strengthening and empowering grassroot level institution with particular focus on School Management Committees and Parent Teacher Association to spearhead meaningful and sustainable civic Involvement In development of schools. One breakthrough realized through the program in Balaka was the empowerment of School Management Committees who were provided with financial management skills and were able to manage their own Projects.

 

Books for Better World – 2008 – Funded by Better World Together Foundation from the USA

The goal of the project was to promote the reading culture and increase knowledge amongst students and teachers in primary and secondary schools as well as that of out-of-school children

and community members in Balaka district and the project provided books to 20 Schools (16 primary and 4 secondary) and 6 Teacher Development Centers (TDC), increased accessibility of books in rural schools or Malawi, Balaka district in particular, where books are not readily available and promoted proper care and management of books in Schools

Over 20 ,000 learners, teachers and community members benefited. Over 35,000 books were donated to school libraries and TDC libraries.

The project sensitized, motivated and mobilized existing structures at the grassroots level and promoted reading culture in their schools.

Girls Education Support Initiative 2010 – 2014 funded by Swedish Organization for Individual Relief.

In the project, CRECCOM is mobilizing community members and other stakeholders in Zomba rural towards supporting girls’ education. It is also giving bursaries to 120 girls in public secondary schools.

 

Civic involvement In Primary Education (CPE) Regional Project 2005 – 2007

CRECCOM coordinated CIPE project Interventions in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia during which CRECCOM built the capacity or Implementing partners in those countries specifically on grants management, community mobilization and advocacy.

Promotion of Girls Education (PROGE): 2008- 2014 Funded by UNICEF in collaboration with the Malawi Government. Its targeting over 400 public primary schools in 13 low education performing districts.

The Overall objective is to strengthen civic society’s involvement and participation towards building sustainable institutions that promote girls’ education thereby achieve gender equality.

This is being done by increasing knowledge amongst both girls and boys; women and men; about the children’s right to education and building the capacity of the government, school management committees, parents and other local institutions to uphold and protect the rights or these girls and boys through sensitization, empowerment and advocacy.

Utilizing a multi-strand strategy; Girl empowerment interventions, community led dialogues, advocacy campaign, PROGE has reached over 300,000 girls, 4000 mother groups.

Complementary Basic Education (CBE) 2012- 2015 funded by GIZ through Malawi Government.

The project provides out or school children with an opportunity to attain literacy and numeracy skills lo make them better citizens in Kasungu and Phalombe districts

 

Enhancement of Girls Participation and Completion of Primary Education 2012-2014 Funded by Swedish Plan, CRECCOM mobilizes communities to support girts’ education, establishes Mother Groups (a structures that provides counseling and guidance to girls and advocates for equal spaces for boys and girls as well as provision of sanitary facilities for girls and enforcement of re-admission policy in Mzimba North, Kasungu, Lilongwe and Mulanje districts.

The project has reached out to over 48,000 learners.

Early Grade Reading Activity 2013 – 2016 funded by USAID and implemented in partnership with RTI International in the districts of Mzimba North. Ntchisi. Lilongwe Rural East and West, Salima, Ntcheu, Balaka, Machinga, Zomba Rural, Blantyre and Thyolo.

The project’s objectives are to improve the capacity of standard 1 to 3 teachers to provide quality reading instruction to learners, to improve the learning outcomes of Standards 1 to 3 learners, to increase parental and community engagement to support student reading and to reduce the repetition and dropout rates in the

early grades by providing a quality learning environment

 

Social Accountability Projects

Women and Girls Voice Enhancement in Essential Services funded by Tilitonse Fund (2012-2014)

Working in five Trad1t1onal Authorities, the goal of empowering women through the reduction of harmful socio-cultural factor.1 that predispose women to gender based violence (GBV), HIV and AIDS and marginalization of women In various decision making processes, community structures were engaged to spearhead community action An extensive gender equality promotion campaign 1n1hahve and a Societies Tackling AIDS through Rights approach (STAR)were employed In this project to address strategic and practical gender needs of women. To this effect. 120 STAR facilitators (of whom 68% were female) were 1dent1f1ed from each of the 120 targeted villages who in violence, addressing pragmatic gender needs of women, elimination or modification of some traditional practices, growing response by service providers and governance structures to women’s issues has also been seen, improved household income, food security access to education by children. happiness has been reported by many villagers especially women

Gender Projects

Violence Against Women and Girls -An Enemy to Development (VAWOGEDEJ (2007-2010)

Funded by European Commission, the project was Implemented in Mz1mba North. Nkhata-Bay, Mchinji, Lilongwe Rural East Chiradzulu and Zomba districts

The Safe Schools Project (2006 -2008) was another USAID

funded 2 -year research project that was implemented with an aim of reducing school related gender based violence In 30 schools of Machinga d1stnct Remarkable changes were registered where over 500 boys and girls who were victims of SRGBV had re-enrolled into school and schools had become safe for girls and boys where the right reporting channels of SRGBV and responses were established

Partnership in Achieving Gender Equality -(PAGE) Project (2008 -2009)

Subcontracted by Care Malawi, the goal was to increase gender equality and girls’ ability to control their lives through community sensitization, motivation and mobilization in 75 Primary Schools in Kasungu district the following were reached: 21 Government Staff (district supervisors and extension staff),

175 Community leaders, 250 School Management Committee members and PTA members, 13,550 Pupils, 6,000 out of school youths, 135

teachers, 250 pupil outreach workers, 50 teacher outreach workers, 250 community outreach workers and 24,000 parents.

 

Child Protection and Youth Development Projects

Integrated Child Labor Elimination Project (ICLEP) -(2002 -2010) Funded by Elimination of Child Labour Trust (ECLT) Geneva.

The project aimed at sensitizing, motivating and mobilizing school communities to critically look at their attitudes, practices and traditions regarding child labour in Dowa and Kasungu tobacco growing districts. In each year on average there were 581 more children in school, over 250 children were in Community Based Child Care Centers from a zero base. Various community initiatives were in place to combat child labor like the Child labour Committee around Dwangwa School in Kasungu that managed to withdraw 1,678 children from child labour conditions and enrolled them back to school.

Achieving Reduction of Child Labour In Support of Education (ARISE) : 2011 -2013

Funded by JTI, the project aimed at accelerating elimination of child labour in tobacco growing communities. The project, which was implemented in partnership with Winrock International and ILO, was in Lilongwe and Ntcheu districts. The project managed to reduce child labour through improvements in education and fostering of economic empowerment for tobacco-growing communities.

BEST Choice -2002 -2005 -Internationally, CRECCOM provided technical expertise on the social mobilization campaign methodology to Zambia on sensitizing, motivating and mobilizing communities so that they change their negative attitudes, practices and beliefs towards child labour. It was funded by US Dol.

Health Projects

Social Mobilization Campaign for Aids Awareness project (1999) was aimed at creating awareness and action at community level to address the increasing HIV/AIDS epidemic in 29 schools and 270 villages in TA Ndindi in Salima District. It was designed to work with schools and communities to recognize the impact and causes of HIV/AIDS and to develop strategies to mitigate HIV/AIDS proliferation. SMC-AA brought together into action government officials from the Ministries of Education, Community Development, and Health, as well as school-based officials, community members, and students. and information to address HIV/AIDS impact; education for OVCs, income generation for PLWHA and OVCs, HIV prevention through abstinence and being faithful. From 2006 the Community Radio was managed by CRECCOM, then handed over to the community in 2015.

Action for Community in Combating HIV/AIDS (ACOCA) 2013-2014 funded by National Aids Commission in Machinga, Mangochi, Mchinji, Dedza, Ntcheu, Lilongwe, Balaka and Zomba.

The project’s purpose is to engage youths and other community members in targeted areas to discuss and come up with best and safe practices that will stop the spread of HIV more especially those youths that are at high risk of contracting HIV and AIDS, in their cultural context. It is being implemented in partnership with Minibus Owners Association of Malawi.