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Poverty Reduction Strategy

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Abiti Zuze from Zomba District TA Mwambo, GVH Nambesa.

POVERTY ACROSS THE COUNTRY

The Southern Region has the highest levels of poverty as compared with the Central and Northern regions.

CAUSES OF THIS POVERTY

Many causes of poverty in Malawi arise from problems include low levels of education, poor health status including the problem of HIV/AIDS , lack of or limited employment, rapid population growth, lack of access to credit facilities and gender inequalities. These affect productivity in many different ways. These problems are worsened by the fact that institutions that would support in reducing poverty are generally weak.

THE BATTLE AGAINST POVERTY

Since 2013, Childcare Organization has undertaken to reduce poverty through the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP). The programme focused on strengthening social and economic structures in order to adjust Malawi’s agro-based economy (an economy that depends on agriculture). The aim was that the economy should achieve sustainable growth and reduce poverty.

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Ramusi  an Orphaned Child ( Improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable.

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Sherif Nankumbizi a Childheaded househead.

STRENGTHENING PRODUCTIVITY

The programme ensures that the life of the most vulnerable is improved and maintained. Safety nets is a means to this goal. Childcare Organization needs to distribute free farm inputs to Orphans and poor farmers without capital. and here is the action plan:

Childcare Organization distribute major retail outlets throughout the communities.

Give individualized coupons to beneficiaries. They will use the coupons or vouchers in exchange for the inputs.

District social welfare offices helps in selecting beneficiaries especially Orphans.

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Mr Joseph Chimwaza

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WHAT IS NEW ABOUT THE POVERTY REDUCTION STRATEGY

There has been a lot of talk about and measures for reducing poverty in the last decade. But the programme is unique in design and implementation procedures. The following qualities make it unique:

It has a clear focus on poor;

The formation involved a wide participation of civil society which went as far as consultation with people at community levels;

It is broad based and tackles poverty in all areas;

It has a clear focus on implementation, directly pointing out which department organization is responsible for what activity;

It allocates more resources to activities that are directly reducing poverty and costing of activities within limits of resource availability.

GOALS OF THE PROGRAMME

The overall goal of the programme is to empower the poor so that they are able to find basics needed for living. They should at least be living comfortably and not painfully. The wisdom dictating the strategy is that the poor are not passive recipients of help who must be waiting for the Childcare and Donors to bail out of poverty. But the poor have the ability to actively help themselves to walk out of the prison of poverty. All they need is to be empowered for a start and be guided throughout. The programme is here to empower and guide the poor until they reduce their own poverty.

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Joice Suwedi, being given a bedsitter who has no able parents and fixed home

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Chisomo Moses also given a bed sitter who has no able parents and fixed home

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Sofine Kambona with a Holy Bible and Bed sitter she is an orphan child

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Nyoni have no able parents

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Trinity Nankumbidzi from Elliot Village , an orphan child and also vulnerable

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Faida from Kwilambo Village

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Lackson Ketulo, an orphan child from Elliot Village

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Tulisha from Kwilambo Village