Norwich-Dedza Partnership

The Norwich-Dedza Partnership is a charity that develops and supports practical links between Norwich, UK and Dedza District in central Malawi. We believe there are mutual benefits from collaboration leading to a greater appreciation of the differences and similarities in ways of life in the two areas. Projects so far have covered IT, Health, Education, Tourism, Economic Development and Community Facilities. The Partnership welcomes ideas for developing new or existing projects and is grateful for contributions of time, materials or money.

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Umbwi School Girls' Hostel

Girls boarding at Umbwi School have lived in an old dilapidated building with inadequate toilet and washing facilities. We helped the school raise funds to build a new dormitory. We are grateful for contributions from Rockspring Charitable Trust, INTO Giving, W F Southall Trust, Arcaid and John Jarrold Trust totalling £32,700. Umbwi School raised the rest of the money for the first phase of the project. This provides 160 bedspaces and interior showers and toilets, including one for disabled students.

A further £50,000 is needed for the second phase. If you know of any organisations that might help fund this project, please let us know.

 

Visits

10 Norfolk and Dedza schools received a Connecting Classrooms Grant from the British Council for a reciprocal visit of one teacher from each school. The visits took place in June and were very successful. Students carried out work on clean, affordable energy. The Dedza schools do not have electricity and the grant also enabled them to be provided with some solar powered lights.

Photo:- Dan Lowe from Avenues Primary School handing over solar lamps purchased with funds raised by his school to Bolera Primary School, Dedza District.

 

Computer project.

We were given some redundant notebook computers by Norwich Primary Academy. These were pre-loaded with free educational material downloaded from the internet and were shipped to schools in Dedza. Teachers unfamiliar with computers were trained by others with experience. The schools have made good use of them for teaching information, keeping records and preparing exam papers.

If you know of any organisation with redundant laptop or notebook computers, please let us know as we would be able to make use of more.

 

Chongoni Women Sewing Group

The Chongoni Women Sewing Group is continuing. They make aprons, cushion covers, scrunchies and other items from local cloth. These are sold at a local tourist destination. We also bring some back to sell here. The money is transferred to the women in Dedza. During the visit one of the volunteers was able to carry out maintenance on the sewing machines.

The women are also producing sanitary pads that we buy and provide to Umbwi Secondary School for distribution to needy girls. This provides the women with further income and enables the girls to get to classes.