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.
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.
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 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.
- 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
- Vibrant Village Foundation
- Rural Water Supply Network
- The Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC)