Learning from the community and community participation is one of our fundamental key approach in implementing successful community initiatives.
Action for Environmental Sustainability (AfES) was established in February 2007 and is registered by The NGO Board of Malawi, The Council for Non-Governmental organizations in Malawi (CONGOMA) and the government of Malawi as a non-governmental organization under the trustees Incorporation act.
The Organization is also governed by five members of trustees who execute various duties powered by the constitution of the organization and a separate management structure which is headed by the Executive Director.
AfES has its main office in Blantyre, southern region of Malawi and sub offices in the central and northern region of Malawi where it is implementing its initiatives.
MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION
To address the most critical root causes of poverty and environmental degradation in communities.
VISION OF THE ORGANIZATION
To reduce extreme poverty and achieve sustainable environment that provides improved living standards for every one.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ORGANIZATION
- To build partnership and networks with individuals, organizations and other stakeholders in order to strengthen capacity of the communities as they work towards poverty reduction, natural resources and biodiversity conservation within and outside key biodiversity areas,
- To implement activities that address complex factors that causes community poverty and enhances human development,
- To promote sustainable agriculture and food security,
- To promote water, sanitation and hygiene in communities.
The organization is implementing the following activities in its thematic areas;
- Natural resources management and biodiversity conservation,
- Sustainable energy (Solar energy, Bio-gas energy, Methanol and Ethanol as a cooking fuel),
- Water supply, sanitation and hygiene initiatives,
- Livelihood enhancement, agriculture and food security initiatives,
- Disaster risk reduction and management,
- Climatic change mitigation,
- Community empowerment
(empowerment of vulnerable groups including; Women, Youths, Children, the elderly and others).
OUR PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS
- Malawi Government
- Critical ecosystem partnership fund
- The US embassy in Malawi
- Global Environmental Facility
- Engineers without Boarders (USA)
- Global water partnership
- Japan water forum Fund
- Conserve Africa,
- Global Network for Disaster Risk Reduction (GNDRR),
- VVF USA
- African Water Association (AfWA)
- Rural Water Supply Network
- The Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC)
- Canadian embassy, Maputo, Mozambique,
- Climate Action Network (CAN).
One of the most biggest challenge in Africa is access to clean water, this problem has compromised the health of many people especially severely affecting those in rural areas and highly populated areas of cities.
Action for Environmental Sustainability (AfES) engagement in providing clean drinking water to these people has proven to be one the best solution to many water, sanitation and hygiene related problems.
The lessons learnt from our water, sanitation and hygiene projects in communities have led to a great decline in the out break of highly contagious diseases like cholera and improved the health of the people especially those that are vulnerable including young children, pregnant women and others.
Income Generating project
AfES in partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America has engaged in implementing an income generating project for Mpangama Women Association in Traditional Authority Makanjira in Mangochi District. The project will train the women of Mpangama in puff making, peanut butter making and entrepreneurship. In the photo above is Her Excellency Virginia Pulmer the USA ambassador to Malawi and our Executive Director Mr. Daniel Mwakameka signing a project grant agreement in Lilongwe.
The project is expected to create jobs and improve the income security of more than 200 women of Mpangama community in Mangochi District. The profits generated from the business will be saved to expand the operational capital and as a motivation to the members of the cooperative, the profits will provide an opportunity to them to have small agricultural loans for purchasing farm inputs.