Malawian communities and local partner organisations are at the heart of the CCPM.
We have spent a lot of time here talking to these communities, to understand what they need and how we can work together to make things better.Tapiwa Machinjiri, CCPM Monitoring Officer, CADECOM Mangochi
Our six implementing partners - Catholic Development Commission (CADECOM) Chikwawa; CADECOM Mangochi; Centre for Integrated Community Development (CICOD); Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD); Eagles Relief and Development (Eagles Relief); Zomba Diocese Research and Development Department (ZARDD) - are implementing the CCPM in the districts of Balaka, Chikwawa, Machinga and Zomba.
They are experts in development and understand the issues affecting local people. Each area and community has its own unique challenges, which are amplified by the scale of this project.
The communities near Chikwawa in the south have much hotter summers, where drought is a far greater risk. The communities near Zomba are dependant for food and water on Lake Chilwa, Malawi’s second largest lake, which is rapidly drying up. The Balaka communities have been hit hard by the Fall Armyworm, an invasive pest that devours local crops. In Machinga, the situation is slightly different as CCPM participants there are mainly female, because so many men from that region go to South Africa for work.
In each instance, our partners are linking in directly with communities, exploring the problems they face and helping them to come up with solutions that will improve their access to food, water and energy.