ActionAid Malawi, with support from the Roger Federer Foundation, has been conducting a ten-year Comprehensive Early Childhood Development Initiative in Malawi from 2011 until 2021. The initiative was being implemented in ten districts of Chitipa and Rumphi in the Northern region, Lilongwe, Ntchisi, Mchinji and Dedza in the Central region and Machinga, Nsanje, Neno and Phalombe in the Southern region.
The overall aim was “to improve lives and wellbeing of vulnerable children aged between three and six years by promoting access to quality and sustainable Early Childhood Development services.” The initiative costed over USD 13.5 Million and received various contributions from other donors such as Credit Suisse AG, the Roche Employee Action and Charity Trust and the Starbucks Foundation.
To date, the program has constructed 480 Community Based Childcare Centres (CBCCs) including 80 Model CBCCs; increased access to ECD for children, with 154000 children now accessing quality ECD; up from just 33961 in 2011. Out of whom, 52 000 have transitioned to primary schools. The program has further trained 4777 CBCC management committees and 4833 caregivers and incentivized them with seed money for revolving fund and goat pass-on programs.