I am because we are.
The project Ubuntu Nation is located next to the Dzaleka Refugee Camp, placed in the highlands an hour away from the capital city of Lilongwe, Malawi. Currently, the camp has over 38,000 refugees and this number keeps growing. Most of the refugees experienced traumatic event before arriving at the camp, sometimes fighting for their own survival and the survival of their children.
The refugee camp has existed for 24 years, despite being built as a temporary measure in a moment of crisis. There is not enough food to go around, and the vast majority of children and young people have no access to education. There are no job opportunities within the camp, and refugees are not allowed to look for work outside its borders.
Strenght & Resilience
FWB-CA is working with the project leadership to enhance the Ubuntu Choir. The Ubuntu Choir was created with the intention to musically stimulate the refugees with singing and playing an instrument, increasing their wellbeing, sense of purpose and strengthening their mental health.
One of the biggest challenges is the refugees’ lack of authorization to work in the country which makes it impossible for them to support themselves. Due to this situation, another goal of the choir is to provide its participants with some monthly supplies and financial aid. Currently, each refugee is given 1 kg of soy meat, one soap bar, and $4 CAD per month. Unfortunately, this isn't enough for daily necessities. FWB-CA is currently engaging the Canadian community to sponsor 100 other participants in the next 24 months.
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THE FIELD'S MOTHER
Women refugees in Malawi need our help to feed their children. They are surviving in one of the world’s poorest countries. War refugees, widows alone with their children, women despair to get what to eat and feed their children. In many cases, they must surrender to prostitution and suffer ill-treatment so that they do not starve. Currently, there are 234 mothers enrolled in the program.
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In 2021, the capacity to accommodate children at Ubuntu School was expanded. It was celebrated the graduation of 90 preschool students who went to primary school. With the opening of new classes, children have the chance to continue their studies, new teachers were hired and received training and pedagogical training based on the method. Currently, there are 500 students enrolled in kindergarten and primary school, in addition to (60) babies in daycare. Children receive food, school supplies and school uniforms.
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The creation of the Ubuntu Nation community center was coordinated by Fraternity Without Borders – Brazil. Since September 2018, volunteers have been working to develop the project and offer vulnerable children, young adults, Malawians and refugees in the camp a better quality of life through peaceful coexistence in our proposed Ubuntu Nation.
Currently the choir has 120 participants and a waiting list. The rehearsals are held in the Project Ubuntu Nation (funded by Fraternity Without Borders – Brazil). The conductress, Raissa, a refugee from Congo, is the artistic coordinator of the Ubuntu Choir. The group performed at the Annual Tumaini Festival (annual event of all nations in the Dzaleka’s refugee camp). Performances will be ongoing as opportunities arise.