Organizing a variety of projects such as creches, teenage mother assistance, sports participation and computer classes that really need your help!
About the Program
The ‘Child Development Support Organization’, called Chideso for short, is a community-based organisation in the Masasa community in Mzuzu city in the north of Malawi. The organization was established in 2007 and is registered with the Ministry of Gender, Women, Children and Community Development Services.
Chideso is a development support organisation, and focuses on children’s rights and development by running a variety of support projects.
Their involvement with early development of
children, training in vocational skills for adults, general life skills development
and HIV/AIDS education and prevention are an essential need in this community,
with many challenges such as income generation, extreme poverty, low life
expectancy, child neglect and more. Their work brings the opportunity for this
community to get help and support in creating better lives.
Early Childhood Development
Chideso has 3 early childhood development centres (pre-schools) of children
between the ages of 2-5 years with the current enrolment of 138 (boys-64 and
Child Protection Advocacy
The rights of children are the pivotal point of Chideso programs. We make every effort to teach awareness to the community about the rights of children and duties of the households in upholding these rights. Chideso advocates for the rights of children with different stakeholders and duty bearers, such as educators, churches, community groups and others. Some of the biggest challenges in the abuse of the rights of children are; sexual abuse, child labour (mostly for girls) and early marriage where girls as young as 14 are married off.
Education Support to Orphans
Volunteers will assist the project as it supports education in the following ways;
HIV and AIDS Prevention
As HIV and AIDS are a very serious social
problem in most parts of Malawi, the Masasa community is not spared from this.
Chideso is working with the community in prevention, care and support through 2
HIV/AIDS support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Youth Development and Sports
Volunteers can get involved in helping Chideso with a range of youth programs
and activities, such as;
Volunteer working hours are flexible, but will generally be from 8.30am - 3pm on weekdays and include the following tasks.
There are a few things to do in Mzuzu. There is a shopping centre with a modern supermarket, an internet cafe and a few restaurants where you can go to. Furthermore you can go hiking in the Mkuwazi forest reserve! If you like to do more, you can go a little bit further by public transport or rent a car and you can do it yourself!
You will be picked up at the airport. Just tell us your arrival time and one of our coordinators will be ready to pick you up and will bring you to your accommodation!
You will be staying with one of our selected host families within walking distance of Chideso, making it very easy to come to work and get back home.
We offer a comfortable family home with 2 bedrooms, with 2 and 3 beds respectively. There is a private bathroom for volunteers to use with a western toilet and shower with warm water. The home offers the use of a dining room, lounge with TV and large garden.
There are 3 meals a day prepared for you which will be local food mostly made up of rice, pastas, ‘nsima’ (porridge of maize meal), fish, vegetables and meats.
Breakfast is usually porridge or bread with coffee or tea. Lunch and dinner are cooked meals.