Malawi Children's Village Teacher Housing
Malawi Children's Village
In rural Malawi, schools can often not afford to pay teachers a competitive wage, and many well-educated teachers leave in search for higher paying work. While the Children's Village cannot afford to pay teachers more, it does have the land to build teacher housing to be offered as an amenity that makes them a more attractive choice for teachers. By attracting better teachers, the school can grow, develop, and thrive without having such a high staff turnover rate.
Our mission is to enhance the lives of orphans by providing health, social and educational resources in 39 villages along the southwest shore of Lake Malawi.
The land is owned, but the speculative budget has not been set yet. The fundraising for this project has yet to begin, and we are trying to lay some basic design groundwork before beginning fundraising efforts.
The land is already owned by the Children's Village and has been selected. There are some initial site plans developed, as well.
There is a goal of nine duplexes for teacher housing, and then a shared teacher space as well as a training space for solar panel installation. The content of private areas versus communal spaces has not been decided, but bathrooms and kitchen spaces might be communal rather than individual.
While the primary focus is on the duplexes, there is currently no road that runs to the desired site of the housing. This road would have to be built first, in order for construction materials and teams to access the site. Also, there are no protective measures like walls or fencing that surround the site, though there is dangerous wildlife that lives in the area. In terms of safety for both the teachers and students, a defensive wall might also be added to the project.
Because the project is in the beginning stages of fundraising and design, there is no set timeline yet. Malawi is currently experiencing a drought, and the Village's focus is on subsistence, not development. Until this changes, the project is on hold, but design work can still be developed.