WOFAD’s Vision and Proposed Projects

Values and Vision Statement:

The core value at WOFAD is fairness.  WOFAD is committed to gender equality and believes that men and women can work together as equals.

Sorting of mangoes as part of an income generating activity being conducted by WOFAD.

Sorting of mangoes as part of an income generating activity being conducted by WOFAD.

WOFAD’s vision is an HIV/AIDS free community, where men and women work equally for the prosperity of all.

Discussing issues surrounding the rights of women, stigma and discrimination.

Discussing issues surrounding the rights of women, stigma and discrimination.

Proposed Projects

Currently, there are two key projects WOFAD is seeking support for in their implementation. If you are able to provide any technical and/or financial support, please contact us.

1. Women’s Rescue Centre

WOFAD is looking for assistance in building a pilot rescue centre for women who have faced a violation of their SRHR or gender based violence (GBV). The rescue centre would provide services and referrals to legal, health and social assistance. Furthermore, the centre would be coupled with an income generating component to help reduce women’s dependency on men.  The proposed centre will be built in T/A Machinjiri. If this initiative proves to be successful, WOFAD would seek to expand the project. The main idea of this centre is to provide women with a centralized location to access resources they may need when faced with a SRHR violation or case of gender based violence and support them through the economic and social consequences that may result from that action. Key SRHR violations and cases of discrimination are outlined in the following two reports conducted by WOFAD in T/A Kuntaja, Kunthembwe and MAchinjiri.

Summary Report SRHR

Full Version of SRHR Report

The objective of this proposed initiative is to ensure that women have the knowledge and resources to assert their rights in face of SRHR violations and gender based violence. To achieve the project objective, the project will work towards three key outputs:

  • (a) Women living in T/A Machinjiri are aware of and have access to a central location for services and referrals to legal, health and social assistance.
  • (b) Economic dependency of women coming to the centre, following an SRHR violation or a case of gender based violence, is reduced.
  • (c) Improved ability of women to engage in political advocacy for issues surrounding sexual and reproductive health rights and gender based violence

In Malawi, the government has stated their desire to begin developing more ‘One Stop Centres’ (OSC) for women facing GBV. A OSC was opened in Blantyre City to pool together service providers in February 2013. However, women outside of large urban centres like Blantyre face difficulty even getting to the city. There is an immense need for such centres to be established in areas more accessible to rural women, where poverty, GBV and SRHR violations are especially rampant.

WOFAD would like to provide the following facilities and services to ensure a wholesome response to the various situations women may be faced with:

  • Living quarters (equipped with a bed, bedding and cooking materials and kitchenware) to provide women with a place to stay in instances of emergency and food to eat while they are staying at the centre
  • A phone-line women will be able to call in cases of emergency
  • An income generating project (IGP), breeding pigs and chicken, that will:
    • Pass on livestock to women coming to the centre
    • Generate income through livestock production and selling. This income will be used as a capital base to support the growth of the poultry farm and piggery, support livestock management of women receiving the chicks or piglets and provide small loans for women to begin small businesses.
    • Provide training to equip women with business and livestock management skills
  • Training to equip women with the knowledge and skills to engage in political advocacy for SRHR and GBV

In terms of human resources needed for the rescue centre:

  • A Rescue Centre Coordinator (Qualified Paralegal)  who will:
    • Counsel women and connect them to appropriate legal, social and health assistance
    • Have a car to be able to transport women who contact the centre requesting assistance. WOFAD proposes purchasing a used car.
    • Develop strong networks with police, health centres, social services, civil society organizations and legal resources in order to be able to do effective referrals that will actually link women to services that can support their needs
    • Oversee management of day to day activities at the rescue centre: finances, the income generating project (IGP), training to be conducted at the centre, logistics of distributing benefits of the IGP and helping to oversee the IGP
  • 1 Field Officer (Qualified Paralegal) who will:
    • Assist the Rescue Centre Coordinator in various daily tasks at the centre such as counseling, managing the poultry farm and logistics of distributing benefits of the IGP
    • Go door to door to raise awareness about the rescue centre, its role in the community and how to access its services
Women from T/A Machinjiri during a community awareness event on SRHR.

Women from T/A Machinjiri during a community awareness event on SRHR.

2. Permaculture Initiative

Women for Fair Development (WOFAD) intends to implement a project called Community Empowerment on Productive Land Use (CEPLU). The project would work to empower communities to productively use the land in order to simultaneously ensure food security and enhance environmental conservation by using local and indigenous technologies. Among the specific objectives, CEPLU intends to provide (1) skills to communities on productive land use using Permaculture concepts as a tool for repairing degraded land; (2) to raise awareness on productive land use and practical use of harvested products; (3) to promote the designing of available space, cultivation, processing and consumption of the harvest to improve quality of life; and (6) to increase the availability of natural medicines and nutritional plants to communities through effective and sustainable land use.

Permaculture and Herbal Medicine Officer, Matthews Mpofu

Permaculture and Herbal Medicine Officer, Matthews Mpofu, conducting a training on Permaculture.

The idea for the project emerged upon realizing that communities have behaviors and practices that seriously contribute to high levels of land degradation. Many of these negative practices stem from the lack of knowledge and skills in land management at household and community levels. Forested areas are being affected by local people in search for food and natural medicines as they leave the land bare and in turn, leave the land vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change.

The CEPLU project will work towards improving knowledge on Permaculture concepts to facilitate the creation of sustainable natural environment for living things and strengthens the natural ecosystem. Furthermore, the initiative will help communities develop a more positive attitude towards supporting sustainable land management practices which, will in turn, improve their daily livelihoods. Communities will have improved food security as land management practices taught can improve soil fertility. Moreover, crop diversification techniques in permaculture will generate an increased harvest. Through such harvests, households will be able to access nutritious foods and surplus which could serve as a source of income. Improved availability of nutritious foods is especially important for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) as they need a balanced diet to take with their medications, reduce body deformities and boost their immune system.

The CEPLU Project would also apply advocacy and lobbying, community mobilization, networking and collaboration as key strategies to achieving desired levels of community environmental conservation through productive land use.