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Mbewa Self-Help Project

Sponsor Mike Brady running the Southport Half Marathon - 2 July 2017 - click here

The Mbewa Self-Help Project is a set of activities run by the residents of Mbewa village, which sits by the Likhabula River at the foot of Mulanje Mountain.

Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries. Life expectancy is just 39 years and under-5 mortality is 140 per 1000 live births (over 20 times the rate in the UK). This project in Mbewa village, population about 3,000, is helping to improve people lives.

Agricultural projects are being supported in the village, with a focus on sustainability. This includes a maize irrigation scheme, initiated by this project. This has since attracted government support, which has improved the water capture and expanded the irrigated area greatly. In 2017, we helped villagers construct a cover over a settlement tank in the scheme to protect the water for drinking (see the Fish and irrigation section).

The project in Malawi is run by an Agricultural Projects Committee, elected by the villagers (most recently in December 2016) and registered with the District Agricultural Office.

Project Committee

The Project also supports an Agricultural Advisor, who set up the original irrigation scheme and other innovative projects such as fish farming and a tree nursery (trees planted to protect water courses).

Funds are raised by the Mbewa Self-Help Project (UK) (constituted as a Very Small Charity under Charity Commission regulations).

The next project in 2017 is to provide seed money for fertilizer loans for 100 families involved in the scheme. Under development are a chicken project and a cafe to raise money from visitors to Mulanje Mountain.

Sponsor Mike Brady running the Southport Half Marathon - 2 July 2017 - click here

The Mbewa Self-Help Project (UK) raises funds for projects in Mbewa Village, Malawi.