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In the past CAVWOC ‘s activities were ad-hoc and short, but in the year 2007 we managed to secure programmes and projects running beyond two years. We signed a partnership agreement with AAIM to implement Women’s Rights project in two T/As in Chiradzulu district. At the close of the year, we secured a two year project in Rural Livelihoods and Food Security to be implemented in T/As Mlilima and Kasisi with funding from Gorta from the Republic of Ireland. CAVWOC also secured another project with Joint Oxfam Program in Malawi to implement a women empowerment project in T/A Kunthembwe of Blantyre rural. The following table shows the projects implemented and the Development Partners who supported the different programs in 2007.

All of CAVWOC’s five thematic areas of concern were addressed through programs which were implemented in the year and thus fulfilled our mission, vision and objectives. Much of this achievement is owed to the partnership support and the revisiting of our Strategic Plans by undergoing the OD process.  The different themes do not stand alone but are synchronized and inter-related in order to uproot gender based violence in our impact communities. Those themes which seem not to have been fully covered were mostly silently addressed within other themes.
The above programs and projects gave CAVWOC power and priority to concentrate and focus its energy towards five thematic areas that worked as media through which the mission, vision and objectives were achieved in the year.  We reached at the five themes after we incorporated the organizational process and the revision of our strategic plan. Some of the thematic areas were not fully covered in the year under review because there were no activities to contribute to the achievement of such. CAVWOC would like to take a stand that the thematic areas mentioned do not stand alone. Instead, they must be seen as being inter-related in that either one is emanating from the other or vice versa for better synergy.

CAVWOC’s Track Record 1998-2012 :

Projects Year(s)ObjectivesActivitiesAchievements
Supporting Victims of Violence
Donor:Self Funding
Budgets: MK 200,000.00
Implementation Area: Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Chikhwawa
1998- To date 1. Assisting victims of violence The organisation assists victims of violence through provision of counselling where necessary or conducting referral services to the police and courts. For court cases, CAVWOC assists the victims up until verdict is reached 1. Over 575 people 80% of whom are women have had their cases settled.
2. More than 15 people (8 women) have been released from prison either on bail or discharge.
Gender Awareness Training
Donor: MHRCC
Budgets: MK 372, 271.00
Implementation Area: Chiradzulu
2000-2001 1. Raising awareness on how to handle victims of Sexual Abuse The project involved reaching out to: Police, Judiciary, teachers, Social Work personnel, Religious Leaders, Village Leadership, and Villagers to raise their awareness on Sexual Abuse Increased awareness among 200 service providers, local leaders and communities on relevant instruments and provisions on how to handle gender based violence cases particularly sexual abuse.
Breaking the silence( Chete Chete Sautsa Nyama)
Donor: American Embassy through USAID
Budgets: MK 818,938.00
Implementation Area: Nation wide
2001-2002 1. To enable communities to discuss issues of violence against women and children This one-year radio programme was aimed at breaking the culture of silence surrounding the issue of violence against women and children. Achievements
  1. 1. Over 575 people 80% of whom are women have had their cases settled.
  2. 2. More than 15 people (8 women) have been released from prison either on bail or discharge.

Increased awareness among 200 service providers, local leaders and communities on relevant instruments and provisions on how to handle gender based violence cases particularly sexual abuse. The aim of the project was to break the cultural of silence among men , women, boys and girls in the country. Through the different topics which were selected the general public stated commenting on the GBV cases taking place in their homes, villages, workplace , township and districts. Through the radio, we managed to reach out to a wider audience .
16 Days of Activism
Donor: HRCC
Budgets: MK 1,030,000.00
Implementation Area: Blantyre, Chiradzulu
2004 1. Raising awareness of Gender Based Violence This project involved activities like holding open days during the 16days of activism against Gender based Violence Managed to reach out to over 1000 people with messages on Gender Based Violence , 70 % were women
Say No to Sexual abuse
Budget: MK 971, 945.00
Implementation Area: Mwanza, Nkhatabay and Salima
2002 1. Contribute to the reduction of Sexual abuse of young people in schools Implementation of this project was through radio programmes, disseminating information on sexual abuse through brochures and t-shirts. It also involved the formation of school clubs. 1. 30 peer educators were trained in The Districts of Mwanza, Nkhatabay and Salima.
2. Formed 15 school clubs
3. Creation of IEC materials i.e brochures and t-shirts
Tonse Pamodzi( Together We can)
Budget: MK 4,973,777.00
Implementation Area: Blantyre under T/A Kuntaja and Chikwawa under T/A Katunga, Mlilima and Kasisi.
2003- 2005 1. Contribute to the reduction of gender based violence cases
2. Raising awareness of communities on the link between GBV and HIV/AIDs
A community-based programme to fight gender based violence and its links to HIV/AIDS. This project was implemented through empowering communities by training them in order to fight gender based violence and production of t-shirts, brochures and leaflets. This project was implemented in two areas: Blantyre under T/A Kuntaja and Chikwawa under T/A Katunga, Mlilima and Kasisi. 1. 60 members of Community Action Groups (CAGs) went through an orientation on issues of gender, gender based violence and violence against women.
2. 50 members were trained in counseling skills and theatre for transformation.
3. 5 CAGs from Blantyre and 6 CAGs from Chikwawa were targeted. By the time that the project was evaluated, 10 new CAGs had been formed in Blantyre.
Taking The Law To The people
Budget : MK4, 607, 984
Implementation Area: Chiradzulu T/A Kadewere
2004-2005 1. Addressing the legal rights of communities The project was aimed at addressing the right to justice of the communities by raising awareness in the villages as well as building the capacity of community members on how to address their legal needs. Implementation ditrict was Chiradzulu. 1. 20 community members were trained as Legal Rights Promoters who in turn carried out the legal rights education programmes in their respective villages.
2. 20 trained dramatists supported them.
3. In addition, brochures, posters and Legal Rights Promoters’ Handbook were produced specifically as teaching aids.
Tikambirane za Ufulu Wathu Project
Budget : MK 6,500,000
Implementation Area : Chiradzulu T/A Kadewere and Sub T/A Onga
2005-2007 1. Building the capacity of community members in terms of awareness of their human rights A community human rights and good governance awareness project implemented in Chiradzulu targeted men, women, boys and girls. lawyers provided legal assistance through the legal aid clinics that were spread through out the district 1. 31 Community Based Educators were trained who have in turn trained 85 village committees of 10 people each.
2. People were also supported with free legal aid services in at least 14 centres within the district.
HIV/AIDS Language Use Workshop
Donor : OSISA
Budget : MK 6,850,000
Implementation Area : Blantyre Office
2006 1. To build the capacity of members of staff in the correct use of language in addressing HIV/ AIDS issues The general aim of the workshop was to review various aspects of language used about the HIV & AIDS pandemic in general and the extent of its effectiveness and /or ineffectiveness. 10 staff members equipped with appropriate language skills to use in addressing programmes in HIV.AIDs
Sexual Reproductive Health Rights
Donor : Tides foundation-HIV Collaborative Fund for Women and Families in Africa
Budget : MK 1, 245, 000
Implementation Area : Chikhwawa T/A Kasisi, Mlilima, Katunga, Maseya and Mlilima
2006-2007 1. Advocating women’s rights and nullification of cultural practices that perpetrate women and girl vulnerability to HIV infection. 1. Education campaigns on SRHR
2.Production and Dissemination of IEC materials on HIV/AIDs, Gender and Human Rights
3. Training of PLWHAs in Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
1. Two hundred t-shirts carrying and depicting messages on HIV/AIDs, Gender and Human Rights were produced
2. Trained 20 PLWHAs members from support groups in Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
3. 600 people reached with SRHR Education campaigns
Women and Health (Uchembere Wabwino)
Donor : SIMAVI
Budget : MK 5, 692, 651
Implementation Area : Chikhwawa T/A Kasisi and Mlilima
2006-2008 1. Empowering communities to reduce maternal mortality Built the capacity community structures ( VDCs and Village Health committees, Chiefs) to address issues of Maternal Health 1. Distributed 11 bicycle ambulances that assisted women to travel to health facilities for delivery
2. Lobbied with 44 community leaders to raise awareness in the communities on the importance of delivery at health facilities
Women and Health
Donor : SIMAVI
Budget : MK 29, 400 ,575.00,
Implementation Area : Chikhwawa T/A Kasisi and Mlilima
2009-2011 1. Increase number of Women Delivering with Skilled Health Personnel 1.Training of Community Based secret Women to provide counselling and referral services to expectant women.
2. Awareness rising activities on maternal health, family planning, antenatal visit.
3. lobbying with chiefs to create bye-laws centering on delivery at health facilities
1. Trained 188 secret women
2. lobbying meetings held with 44 chiefs.
3. Creation of bye-laws on health facility delivery in the communities
4. Trained 81 men and 81 women from Village health Committees in Safe motherhood so as to raise awareness in their villages
5. Trained 32 HSAs in Safemotherhood
Currently we are still working with these community structures in the Unite for Body Rights Project more especially with Safe Motherhood Taskforce Committees which comprise of 10 members in each village and the members are those that were trained ( HSAs, Secret women. Village healthCommittees). The current activities include review meetings and supervision visits to monitor progress. We also plan to train the HSAs in our impact area in Community and Neonatal Health so as to encourage community involvement in Safe motherhood. In addition we also work in collaboration with the DHO and conduct monthly community meetings to discuss maternal issues centering on family planning, antenatal visits, prevention of mother to child transmission, sexual reproductive health of young people, cancer of the reproductive organs, Sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDs.
Unite For Body Rights
Donor : SIMAVI
Budget : MK 18,000,000( For Year 1)
2011-2015 1. To address the main SRHR causes at stake in Malawi in general and Chikhwawa district in particular, contributing to SRHR, the ICPD-programme of Action and MDG 3, 5 and 6. 1. Enhance the capacity of young people in delivery of Comprehensive Sexuality Education
2. Build the capacity of service providers in the delivery of Youth Friendly Health services
3. Raise awareness in Sexual Gender Based violence
1. Conducted a Quality of Care analysis of Chikhwawa DHO in terms of SRHR delivery 2. Trained 30 peer educators, 30 Youth Friendly Health Service providers, 30 youth counsellors in Sexual Gender based Violence and 25 Youth CBDAs to address SRHR issues
Women`s Rights Program
Donor : Action Aid Internation-Malawi
Budget : MK 12, 929, 400
Implementation Area : Chiradzulo T/A Nkalo
2006-2016 This program aims at building the capacity of women and girls to challenge patriarchy and demand fair and just treatment and also increase their participation in decision making processes. As such, the program has five themes which are Women’s Rights, Economic Empowerment, Education, Food security, and HIV and AIDS. 1. Training of women in Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Gender based Violence, Leadership and Assertiveness skills
2. Empowering Women Economically by establishing Village and Savings Loans Groups and training them in Business management
3. Keeping Girls in school through creation of Mother Groups and School based Girls Clubs
4. Increasing food production of 240 women farmers
5. Reducing stigma and discrimination of PLHIV and improved knowledge and bargaining skills of PLWHA on nutritional issues and their right to health.
• A total of 200 VS& L groups are operational in the two impact areas (T/As Nkalo and Kadewere)
• 80 women in economic leadership (focusing on value chain selection, gender based constraints and issues in value chain participation.
• Increased household food
• Community in general and girls in particular developing positive attitude towards education- For instance, girls who dropped out of school are returning to school after sensitizations
• Provided support to 240 COWFA members in the form of agricultural inputs especially improved crop seeds (e.g. maize seed, legumes, vegetables, roots and tubers) and fertiliser
• Conducted an open day to sensitize 300 men,1000 women,400 boys and 500 girls on negative gender norms and their implications (16 days of activism)
• Procured 30 bicycles for Nkalo and Kadewere women forum members to conduct hearings with chiefs, and supporting survivors of GBV
• Conducted women’s rights training for 85 women from 17 GVHS in Chiradzulu LRP focusing on the charters, conversions and PDVA.
Livelihood and food security for survivors of violence and the vulnerable groups
Donor : Gorta Ireland
Budget : MK 58,000,000
Implementation Area : Chikhwawa T/A Kasisi and Mlilima
2008-2014 The project therefore aims at empowering the communities so that they can have food through out the year. 1. Provision of support to farmers with farm inputs
2. Creation of Reflect Circles to promote adult literacy
3. Provision of safe drinking water by setting up boreholes
1. Over 200 farmers provided with farm inputs and being ably to have food throughout the year
2. 25 Reflect circles established and 1200 women and men are now able to read and write
3. 12 Boreholes providing water to over 2500 people


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