Founded in 2003, Temwa (Charity No 1185889) is a Bristol-based charity whose vision is to develop self-reliant communities who are able to transform their own futures in northern Malawi – itself one of the poorest countries in the world. We serve the communities of Nkhata Bay North, a very remote, hard-to-reach area which is home to around 55,000 people.
Our aim is to provide an infrastructure to support families in this region facing financial and humanitarian hardship. We accomplish this by implementing programmes in health, education, agriculture and forestry.
All of our projects are community-driven, meaning that local communities, including local governance structures, are actively involved in the design and implementation of the projects. Our projects are delivered by our in-country Temwa team, all of them nationals and many from the local area. As such they have a deep local and operational knowledge of the needs of Nkhata Bay North. Since our inception we have accomplished some incredible feats, including:
5,200 farmers have been trained in sustainable agriculture
35,900 people have been tested for HIV
1,500 students have improved their literacy after attending our Reading Camps
1,300 entrepreneurs have been supported to set up small enterprises
8,595 people now have access to safe, clean water
100 students have been supported through secondary school
1.5 million trees have been planted to reduce deforestation