There is Hope has been implementing a number of activities which have grown and expanded with the passing of the years. At the moment we focus on five areas of work:
Scholarships for Higher Education
History has shown that those refugees who are given access to higher education have done great things for their people and their Country. Many influential leaders and professional workers are refugees who received their Education while in exile. This includes President Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Kagame of Rwanda, and most current Government Ministers and members of parliament in Burundi, Rwanda and South Africa. Our scholarship programme exists to provide refugees with the opportunity to attend University in Malawi, where they would be living and studying outside the refugee camp.
Women are the backbone of African society. In Dzaleka, many are widows and look after orphaned children who lost their family of origin while being displaced by conflict. These women are brave and resilient; they are also resourceful, and need just a little support and guidance with setting up small businesses that will give them the means to provide for themselves and their children in legal and harmless ways.
Due to lack of opportunities in the camp, sometimes women are involved in prostitution to earn money to meet the basic needs of their children. Our income generating projects help these vulnerable women with small loans for businesses that will give them sustainable ways to meet their needs. We also target other
vulnerable populations such as the disabled and HIV positive in Dzaleka Camp. At times, There is Hope offers grants to groups and cooperatives who are able to employ a number of refugees and set up a business that can grow and provide for many.
We run vocational training courses for refugees and Malawians, living in the villages surrounding the refugee camp, to boost employment opportunities. The courses are particularly relevant for young people.
Working with Churches
Dzaleka is host to over 50 churches of different sizes and denominations, as well as one mosque. Our conversations with Pastors in the refugee camp have demonstrated the need for increased education and training for current and future church leaders. Many Pastors do not have any formal biblical training and currently there is no place for them to enhance their knowledge or be equipped for leading the Church.
Refugees in Prison
Refugees are sometimes held in prison, either awaiting trial or convicted for crimes. All over the world, relations amongst inmates can be tense and often hostile. As a foreigner in the land, the support network of family and friends is often unavailable. This year There is Hope started conducting formal monthly visits to refugees held in the Lilongwe prison with the objectives to break their isolation and to meet some of their basic needs.
All our projects are open to refugees irrespective of nationality or creed, (with the exception of our work with churches).