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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School visits

School visits

School visits

Five Norfolk schools have been awarded a British Council grant for reciprocal visits by teachers. In May, the Norfolk teachers visited their partner schools in Dedza. They also organised a one-day conference for our 20 linked schools. All the Dedza schools were visited by volunteers who exchanged writing and drawings done by pupils and took footballs and netballs, pens and pencils and other educational materials. The Dedza teachers will come to the UK in September.

 
Easton and Otley college visit

Easton and Otley college visit

Easton and Otley college visit

A group of students and lecturers from Easton and Otley College visited Malawi in June. They spent some time at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and visited other agricultural centres. Sports students carried out football and netball training with youth groups and schools in Dedza. Sports equipment and kit were distributed to various groups.

 
Business start-ups

Business start-ups

Business start-ups

Because of the lack of employment opportunities, we are helping people set up their own businesses. This new scheme provides capital or equipment which is repaid, interest free, over a five year period. The first recipients are two of our scholarship students who have completed a metal fabrication course at Salima Technical College. We have provided them with an arc welder, angle grinder and drill. Initial discussions have been held with other groups that might benefit from the business start-up scheme.

 
Guardians shelter

Guardians' shelter

Guardians' shelter

The Guardians Shelter is a basic hostel where women stay while looking after relatives who are in-patients at the Dedza District Hospital. The Rotary Club of Norwich has raised funds to enable a new covered cooking area to be built at the shelter. The facility is much bigger than the small existing area and has a vented roof to allow smoke to escape. It will enable the women to cook under shelter during the rain.

 
Volunteers

Volunteers' work

Volunteers' work

Volunteers continue to be active in various programmes. In Norfolk they have collected computers, sewing machines, books and sports equipment that has been shipped to Dedza. Some people visited Dedza and carried out work there. This included computer maintenance and training local women to make crafts that will be sold to tourists visiting an historic rock art site.

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