World Vision Malawi (WVM) is finally handing over development projects it has been implementing for the past 24 years in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthondo in Ntchisi District.
The organisation’s development facilitator Steve Macheso last week described the projects’ implementation as a success and that WVM is leaving the communities with knowledge on various skills they were imparted to.
“The people are ready to carry on the projects without our support as we have to move to another area to introduce the projects,” he said.
WVM was responsible for seed multiplication cooperatives, water users associations (WUA), farm diversification programmes, dairy farming, bee-keeping cooperatives and community care groups, among other programmes in T/A Nthondo.
Cheka Cooperative chairperson Jeremiah Banda said many people’s lives in the area have improved from nutrition to household economic status.
“We have built good houses, bought motorcycles that we use for Kabaza [taxi] operations, have sent children to school and many households have different livestock which they eat for nutrition or sell for financial support,” he said.
Village head Chipondo, in whose area WVM was running a community care group, said the health status among children has changed because of nutritious food their parents learnt to prepare from WVM. “Before WVM came with the project, we were affected by malnutrition but now I can say all is fine,” he said.