Malawi is the 4th poorest country in the world with 50% of the population living below the poverty line. Having a mainly agriculturally based economy, Malawi is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Jesuit Missions is working with the Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development (JCED) to empower rural households by moving from wood-fuel for household cooking and heating to a clean energy source from microgasier cookstoves. The excess heat energy from the cookstoves will be converted to electric energy with a capacity to light a 3-bedroomed house and charge mobile phones during the evening.
500 rural households will directly benefit from the project.
Women play a crucial role in the widespread adoption and use of cleaner, more modern household cooking solutions because of their central responsibility for managing household energy and cooking.
With an average household size of 6 persons, the project will directly reach out to 3,000 people in the project area.
Indirectly, the project will impact about 10,000 people in the project areas through various project activities.
Loyola Secondary school
Jesuit Missions is also supporting Loyola Secondary school in the rural district of Kasungu. This school is supported by the Jesuits in Southern Africa and the local government meaning that it is heavily subsidised allowing children to attend who may not otherwise have been able to afford the school fees. Many children attend the school coming from difficult backgrounds. As well as education the school provides psychological support and with many of the staff living on site with the boarders, they become like family members.