Surcod has received funding from Volkart Vision an organisation based in Winterthur in Switzerland, for the Chididi Women Savings and Capital Building Project.
We also rely on the generosity of private donors, for projects such as the Harry Singh Scholarship.
SURCOD is a member of CONGOMA (Council of Non Governmental Organisations in Malawi).
We are in the forefront of advancing the empowerment of women and girls in various development projects, and we also recognise the triple roles of the women in the community.
Women's empowerment project through savings and capital building in rural Chididi, Nsanje, including developing the capacities of the women in group dynamics and business training.
This project is an initiative of SURCOD to support the Women of Chididi to start Saving Groups with an aim of raising up their capital which will lead to the establishment of fruit processing factory.
Volkart Vision will support with the funding for capacity building, payment of field Officers who will be responsible for supervising the groups as well as the provision of seed money for the seting up the processing unit for fruit processing.
SURCOD hand in hand with the concerned departments in the Malawi government, such as the Ministry of Agriculture and food security and the Ministry of Gender and Community Development is facilitating the process.
Surcod is working with over 25 schools in Nsanje Malawi to mobilize the communities on how to encourage their children to go to school with an aim of improving school enrollment.
Our partner Harry Singh has donated towards an Access to Education Scholarship to help pay secondary school fees to vulnerable boys and girls in Nsanje District.
SURCOD advocates against forced marriage and child labour, working closely with local schools and collaborating with other NGOs in the region.
The Sustainable Rural Community Development Organisation (SURCOD) works at the forefront of advancing empowerment of women and girls through various development projects in Malawi.
Projects include helping disdvantaged children access secondary education and developing women's community enterprises.
January Watchman Mvula, Exec Director
Sustainable Rural Community Development Organisation (Surcod)
P.O. Box 45
"We believe that by reaching a woman we are reaching a nation because we know the big role the women are playing in the society.
If we are reaching the woman we are reaching the husband and all the children in the family"
For most of these women even to raise 1 dollar is a very big challenge.
With tools such as sewing machines, the women can learn a skill which can provide them with a steady income and contribute to their ability to save.
Such skills and tools would have a very big impact on their lives. They would be able to easily pass on such skills to their children.
The programme could be rolled out into other areas where we are in the process of establishing our organisation..
And it will create a bond between donors and the communities."January Watchman, Executive Director, SURCOD.