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About us

Kumbali Projekt e.V.
Brunnweinbergstr. 2
D-71334 Waiblingen
Tel.:+49(0)7151 277003
Fax: +49(0)7151 277004
Mobile:+49(0)17627180767
mailto:kumbali@railcat.de
URL: http://www.kumbaliprojekt.de
The Pilot project

Our philosophy

We are well aware that many organisations are actively contributing to resolve the education and school problem in Malawi. Usually this is done through qualified personnel, new construction and provision of funds. Our approach is insofar different as it targets at the local level of society in the sense of Gandhi's "grassroots level". More precisely speaking, our project shall be carried out through volunteering together with the local people from the very beginning.

Basic idea is to visit Malawi again and again with a small group of young adults (minimum 18 years old) for two or three weeks at a time in order to assist reconstruction and further development through volunteer work in close contact with the local people. For this purpose, we also aim at finding one or several partner schools in Germany so that after each trip the experience can be passed down to the subsequent class level. Thus, in the framework of a school project we could achieve continuity.

Project content

From the very beginning, our pilot project aimed at reconstruction and further development of a kindergarten and primary school in the immediate proximity of the villages Canada Camp / Landscape on the land of the Nature's Gift permaculture farm. Seamless continuation of operations after closing down the old school could not be achieved. However, as early as April 2012 we could re-open the first nursery class, and the second one in May 2014; altogether 60 kids are taken care of at Kumbali Kindergarten now.

The third stage - primary school - is envisaged for 2016, in order to give sufficient time for consolidation of operations and to avoid overburdening local stakeholders.

Volunteers' tasks

Main tasks for the volunteers during the next assignments largely depend on the progress of the ongoing reconstruction; for details see "Volunteer with us".

Our partner's contributions

According to a service agreement concluded on 6th September 2011, our local partner provides the facilities required for the operations of the Kumbali Kindergarten including classroom(s), toilets, drinking water supply and a playground. The facilities were established on the contractor's property through construction of new and/or upgrading of existing structures; toilets and playground are still under construction. Our local partner shall not charge any service fee but be refunded the actual cost for building materials and casual labour upto a certain amount. The agreement is made for an undisclosed period of time and cannot be terminated before 31 December 2016.  

Objectives for Malawi

Success of any activity in a developing country depends on many factors. Population growth and age structure of Malawi doubtless require a change of existing conditions as a precondition for an acceptable future and preservation of domestic peace. However, we definitely do not intend to contribute to a transformation along European lines but rather for the short term remedy a deficiency compromising the future chances of our village children. The involvement of the villagers from the very beginning shall enable them to pursue the project idea on their own after some time. Accordingly, the kindergarten is not an establishment of our association but operated as self-contained institution though under the association's initial supervision. The cooperation with the volunteers shall give the locals a chance to see into a different approach and motivate them to more purposeful and sustainable action. We are well aware that this is a difficult and protracted process and must be approached warily. As a sample may serve the fact that nowadays a chicken found dead for unknown reasons is being plucked and prepared anyway - "that's part of our culture". Persuasion is pointless in such cases but experience may show - for example when the children's infection rate drops after improvement of hygienic conditions at the new kindergarten. In this way, our pilot project may become a model project in the medium term and thus effect more than the proverbial drop in the ocean.

Volunteers' achievements

Our volunteers will have a good chance to enhance their experience of life through
  • An expansion of their horizon,
  • An understanding of a different culture,
  • Confidence building,
  • Forming friendships and social networking,
  • Improved language ability,
  • A sense of accomplishment,
  • Learning and experiencing permaculture,
  • Team spirit.
For certain at least a part of the volunteers will further keep contact and maintain friendship with Malawi and pass on the project idea to others. Thus, they will contribute not only to the continuity of the project but in general to cultural exchange and international understanding.