Raising awareness in local schools and different community groups about family size. Read more >
What We Have Achieved
We’re helping to change peoples’ views on family size, which not only directly impacts the health and well being of families, but also contributes to better conservation of natural resources, so the the environment benefits as a result.
FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT Why Is It So Important?
In Malawi the population is growing by one person every minute. In the 1950s the population of Malawi was about three million. Today it is more than 19 million; that’s a 500% increase. If the UK had increased at the same rate we would have a similar population to the United States of America.
With all of the projects that RIPPLE Africa are involved with in Malawi whether it’s fish conservation, forest conservation, education or healthcare, the major problems arise because of the rapid population growth.
What We Have Achieved
Khumbolawao, a nurse midwife and Watson, a health worker are both employed by RIPPLE Africa and are now working on a family planning project to raise awareness in local schools and different community groups. We are working in conjunction with the local government health centres to educate about family size and the contraceptive methods available.
How We Work
Simple fun demonstrations highlight the current and future problems arising from having large families and the impact on Malawi, its resources and the individual families. We illustrate the population growth by involving the students or community members who are asked one by one to stand on a small mat. The mat represents Malawi and each person represents three million people clearly showing how much space there was in Malawi in the 1950s and how little space there is today and for the future. These demonstrations help to change peoples’ views on family size from having an average of five to a future of two children per family.
The Project’s Future
RIPPLE Africa will continue to employ two staff with a view to guide other community members to extend the project. We’ll continue working with the community groups and local schools.
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