Environmental Initiatives in Malawi’s Adult Literacy Programs
We are proud of the strides buildOn has made over the years to promote environmentally friendly initiatives. Below are a few examples of how we are supporting Malawi community members to take action against climate change.
Since 2014, we have helped plant over 700,000 trees in Malawian communities that are conducting Adult Literacy Programs (ALP). In total, 4,521 participants – 3,750 of whom are women – have been involved in this initiative.
To make this afforestation program a success, buildOn staff has trained communities in tree seed collection, pot filling, seed sowing, and tree seedling management at the nursery. This year, ALP participants will build on this effort by planting tree seedlings near their homes. To help with this, every participant will have a woodlot at home. These initiatives have not only helped create a more green environment for local communities but – just as importantly – they have also helped instill a culture of environmental conservation.
In addition to planting trees, we are also encouraging the conservation of indigenous trees, especially in communities that are implementing beekeeping initiatives such as Mapango ALP, Chimbalame ALP, Chikoko ALP, and Kalanga ALP. Our partner communities have a total of 210 beehives so far!
Given the importance of environmentally friendly food production, buildOn has also helped promote the production of soya, maize, and groundnuts in communities. As part of this project, we have trained 1,195 ALP participants – 1,078 of whom are women – in making environmentally friendly compost manure.
ALP participants in Kadewere have been particularly invested in this effort. During the last growing season, they made 65 bags of organic fertilizer, which helped grow 9 acres of maize that yielded more than 14.7 metric tons. Already this year, they have toped these numbers. Kadewere has made 90 bags of organic fertilizer, which will be instrumental in helping to reduce food insecurity in the area.