Founded in 2003, Bristol based charity Temwa, from the Tumbuku word meaning love within a community, has a mission to develop self-sufficient communities in hard-to-reach areas of northern Malawi – itself the third poorest country in the world. We serve the communities of Nkhata Bay North, an extremely isolated and very poor region and home to 55,000 people. Living in villages scattered along the lakeshore and uplands, most of the population can only be reached by foot or boat, and consequently are neglected by limited government services and other NGO support. The majority find it difficult to access education, healthcare jobs and markets. Our aim is to provide an infrastructure to support families in this region facing financial and humanitarian hardship which we accomplish by implementing programmes in health, education, agriculture and forestry.
All of Temwa’s projects are developed in consultation with the local communities and are delivered by our in-country Temwa team who come from the local area, and as such have a deep local and operational knowledge of the needs of Nkhata Bay North.
Since our inception, we have accomplished some incredible feats; 5,000 farmers have been trained in sustainable agriculture, 30,000 people have been tested for HIV, over 800 students are now literate after attending our Reading Camps, 1,300 entrepreneurs have been supported to set up small enterprises, 5 villages have been given access to safe, clean water, 100 students have been supported through secondary school and 1.5 million trees have been planted to reduce deforestation