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
Seventeen people visited Dedza in 2013. Thirteen were teachers from Norfolk
schools visiting their partner schools. They were able to see how the money that
some schools had raised had been used – for example buying buckets to make
ingenious mini showers for hand washing outside toilets. Two visitors carried
out computer support work. A Norwich based artist continued the work she started
last year, training local women to produce crafts that they can sell to tourists
visiting an information centre for historic rock art.
We have a bursary scheme to pay secondary school fees for orphans and other poor
children in Dedza. One of our students has done so well in his final exams (equivalent of
AS level) that he will be able to go to university. This is a remarkable achievement.
Only about 2% of secondary students go on to this level and most are from private or
better off boarding schools. Lateni succeeded from a small day school on the outskirts
of Dedza Township.
Vocational training centre
Vocational training centre
The Dedza District Council is implementing a national apprenticeship scheme to
provide vocational training for young people by attaching them to tradespeople. Students
who have completed their courses through our scholarship scheme at Salima Technical
College will also be trainers. We have secured toolkits from a charity, Tools for Self
Reliance, to assist this. The Council is establishing workshops in an underused depot.
Carpentry, bricklaying, metal fabrication and motor mechanics will be included in the
scheme. We are seeking tools, equipment, finance and volunteers to carry out training.
If you can help, please contact us.
We continue to support the hostel where women stay while looking after their relatives
who are in-patients at the Dedza District Hospital. We have funded the building of new toilets
and showers with proper cesspit drainage, using our own funds and a donation from ARCAID. A
Norwich Rotary Club are raising funds to enable the building of a larger covered cooking area
so that the women will not have to cook in on the open ground during all weathers.
We are able to buy space in shipping containers sent by another charity, Krizevac,
working in Malawi. This has enabled us to send two loads to Dedza in 2013. Materials included
computer equipment donated by Grifols UK Ltd, treadle sewing machines, football and netball
kit and balls for youth groups and books and educational material donated by our linked
schools for their partners.