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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Mini shower

Mini shower

2013 Visits

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.

 
Bursary success

Bursary success

Bursary success

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

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.

 
Guardians shelter

Guardians shelter

Guardians shelter

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.

 
Shipments

Shipments

Shipments

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.

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