ACTION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (AFES)

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

Learning from the Community and community participation is one of our fundamental key approach in implementing successful community initiatives. 

 Our volunteers meeting with community leaders in Chitipa District to discuss and learn more about forest governance and  conservation.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND 


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.

Currently the organisation is implementing its activities in all regions of Malawi and part of Mozambique.  

MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION


Implement dynamic initiatives 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.

Photo of Communitiy members of Misuku taking an active role in conservation of the high biodiversity area of Misuku Hills (right). Over 60,000 indigenous and exotic trees have been planted by a Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) project. 

 New borehole water pumps (left) have been installed in Chiwalo Village to help provide clean drinking water to 1800 households. The project has been possible with funding from the Vibrant Village Foundation.

ACTIVITIES


 The Organization implements initiatives in its  thematic areas of focus which include the following;

  • Afforestation, Natural Resources 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).
Bio-gas Energy
 
Bio-gas has benefited communities in Malawi in different ways,  the most notable benefits includes and  are not limited to the following ;  it uses up waste materials found in  landfills, dump sites and farms    across the country, provide  good  composite manual for  agriculture and thus, improving nutrition and food security in most communities, reduces green house effect by using the gasses produced in landfills and it is non polluting to the environment because the production of bio-gas does not require oxygen) .  
 
 
 
 
 
One of our locally modified bio-gas cook stove (left) with a single burner. This stove works efficiently, however, we advise that you use puxin bio-gas stove if you able to have access to it and can afford it. Puxin bio-gas stove can be more efficient than the locally modified bio-gas cook stoves. The locally modified stoves can only  be suitable if they are made by a very well trained person and should only be used in cases where puxin stoves are inaccessible, for instance in Malawi you can barely find puxin stove at any market hence it has to be imported from oversees.
 
Solar Irrigation System
 
A solar powered irrigation system uses a pump running on the power of the sun. It makes efficient use of solar energy and converts it into electrical energy for pumping water to great heights. A solar powered pump can be very environmentally friendly and economical in its operation. This system operates on power generated using solar PV (photo-voltaic) system. The photo-voltaic array converts the solar energy into electricity, which is used for running the motor pump set. The pumping system draws water from the open well, bore well, pond etc. The water pumping system can be used to irrigate land, when the water is to be pumped from a depth of well or a pond.

It helps in saving Energy. • There is no fuel cost - as it uses available free sun light. • No electricity required. • Can be operated lifelong. • It is highly reliable and durable. • Easy to operate and maintain • It is also useful for clean, drinking water sanitation and also irrigation.• It reduces the dependence on rain. • It creates wealth for farmers by increasing number of crops yield.

Irrigation Engineers from the department of Irrigation and our staff designing a community  based solar powered pump/irrigation system in kamwendo community, Traditional Authority, Kapeni in Blantyre District. The Irrigation Scheme will Irrigate around 9 hectors of farm land.

Our solar pump irrigation project was implemented in 2016. With this  kind of irrigation system in place, by the end of this project, it will enable 200 farmers to grow crops and vegetables through out the year and it  is anticipated that 1500 community members will eventually have improved Food, Nutrition and income security.  

OUR PARTNERS


  • 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
  • USAID 
  • Vibrant Village Foundation
  • AfWA
  • Rural Water Supply Network
  • The Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC)
   
 
     

CURRENT NEWS

One of the most biggest challenge in Malawi is access to clean water, this problem has compromised the health of many people especially affecting those in rural areas and highly populated areas of cities.

Giving clean water to these people is a permanent solutions to many water, sanitation and hygiene related problems.

Water, sanitation and hygiene projects in communities have led to a decline in the out break of highly contagious diseases like Cholera and improved the health of the biggest number of people especially the youths who makes the highest population composition of Malawi.


Income Generating Project

AfES in partnership with the Embassy of the United States has engaged in implementing an income generating project for Mpangama Women Association in Makanjira Mangochi district. The project will train the women of Mpangama in puff making, p-nut batter making and entrepreneurship.

 

Her Excellency Virginia Pulmer  the USA Ambassador to Malawi and our Executive Director Mr. Daniel Mwakameka signing the project grant agreement in Lilongwe on 18th August 2015.

The project is expected to create jobs and improve the income security of more than 2000 women of Mpangama community.

Kumponda Community WASH Project

Action for Environmental Sustainability (AFES) in partnership with Vibrant Village Foundation has partnerd with Group Village Headman Kumponda in Traditional Authority (TA) Kapeni in Blantyre District to embark on promoting water,sanitation and hygiene in 4 sub-communities of Kamwendo,Mzwanya, Chiwalo/Maluwa and Kumponda.

 

The project will maintain 4 mal-functioning water pumps, train 18 local mechanics and establish a sanitation and hygiene promotion group that will work as ambassadors in the community.  

Misuku Hills Improved livelihood and Biodiveristy Conservation Project

Action for Environment Sustainability (AFES) in partnership with Misuku Bee Keepers Association and with funding from CEPF is working on conservation of Misuku Hills since July 2014. 

Conservation activities

In collaboration with the deapartment of forest, the project has trained 7 Village Forest Areas (VFAs) namely Lupalang’ombe Kapiyira, Mwenga, Nangalamu, Chipala, Arthur and Chiwi which are currently . The project has also  strengthened the capacity of  7 Village Natural Resources Management Committees (VNRMCs) and planted about 50,000 indidginious and exotic trees during the tree planting season in 2015. This initiative has impacted a total land of about 1144 hectors inside and out side the forest reserve.

Awareness Activities

Action for Environmental Sustainability (AfES) and Misuku Beekeepers Association (MBA) is raising awareness of the need for conservation among community members in and around the Wlindi-Matip and Mughese forest reserves in Malawi.

Traditional dances and songs used in awareness event

Village savings and Loans (VSL)

AfES & MBA have also established a village savings and loan (VSL)/Community Bank system to support the sustainable use of natural resources; 20 VSL groups with more than 350 community members have been established in 41 communities around the reserve.

Women of a village savings and loan bank posing for a photo