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Name of Project: Against Child Labour
Organization: Tisule Foundation
Person responsible: Patricia Annie Mzumara
One in six children in Malawi is a victim of violence, abuse, exploitation, or neglect and is at risk of
contracting HIV and AIDS. The situation is dire for many Malawian children in the Katonga district,
situated 45 kilometres from the border of Tanzania and 90 km from the border of Zambia. The district is
along the lakeshore where the fishing business is growing. This results in significant problems in child
welfare: primarily child labour, but also early marriages and child trafficking.
Tisule Foundation as a Baptist organization is concerned with the wellbeing of vulnerable children. We
believe that children are the future leaders of the country and helping them helps our country. If not
seriously addressed, child labour will eventually lead to an increase in poverty, high population rates,
and school dropout rates, preventing our country from having a future.
Early Childhood Development Centers
Early Marriage and Child Labour Sensitization
Tisule Foundation has been running for four years with little locally available resources. Patricia has managed to train trainers of trainers for adult literacy from different areas, has set up Early Childhood Development Centers , worked with child protection which includes early marriage, child labour and child trafficking sensitization including bringing back to school drop out girl children. The ministry also includes HIV/AIDS counselling and support groups, Women Empowerment which includes Village Saving Loans groups to promote the lives of women, Disaster and risk management , Giving word of hope to the refugees, Peace building, and Spreading the Word of God in the remotest areas where there is no network, no health facilities, no water accessibility, and no means of transport. Patricia has been going to visit and work in these areas walking for 8 hours to reach the unreachable.This is her first grant since this ministry was started. Patricia is very thankful for this grant, believing that with this grant she will serve God to the fullest.
Patricia and team visiting a refugee camp
Community Tree Nursery
Village Saving Loans
Community Sensitization about HIV/AIDS
Peace and Reconciliation Mediation and Negotiations
Training trainers for Adult Literacy
Patricia (far left) and team