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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Bursaries

In Malawi, only about a third of children are selected for secondary schooling. They have to pay fees to attend school. Many are orphans or have poor parents who cannot afford this. Donations to our bursary fund enable us to pay the fees for 80 students for the whole four years of their secondary education. Recipients are selected by the Social Welfare Department of the Dedza District Council.

Ackim Nyongi Chipiliro Chagomwa Francis Sandram Mathews Samuel
 

School visits

Six Norfolk schools were 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 and educational materials including primary school dictionaries. The Dedza teachers visited the Norfolk schools in June.

School visits

School visits

 
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. A volunteer in Norfolk designed a school desk and stools that could be made from wood from the local sawmill. The necessary tools and equipment were shipped to Dedza and another volunteer taught three young men how to do the work. They will set up a carpentry business.

Sewing business

Sewing business

Sewing business

Another business start-up is a group of widows who have started a sewing business. They were provided with sewing machines and funds to employ a local tailor to train them. They are doing repairs and making school uniforms and dresses.

 
Guardians shelter

Guardians' shelter

Guardians' shelter

The Guardian 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 funded a new covered cooking area at the shelter. The facility is much bigger than the old area and has a vented roof to allow smoke to escape. It will enable the women to cook under shelter during the rain. Other improvements will be carried out in the coming year.

 
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.

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