Project details



Animals for Orphans

The project owner

Dirk Makelaar


  • Dyeratu
  • Chikwawa
  • Malawi

Goal summary

The goal of this project is to improve the living conditions of, and the chance of a future for 65 orphans in Chikwawa. To reach this goal we want to build a sustainable farm where we breed goats and grow fruits and vegetables. We want to support families that have adopted orphans in Chikwawa by gradually giving each family a goat, fruits and vegetables. We reach our final goal when every orphan has a future.

Project summary

The orphans in Chikwawa (Malawi) face a challenging life. Even when they are adopted by their extended families they still live under difficult circumstances. The harsh reality is families have too little income to feed and support al the children of the community. Unfortunately this means that some children are kept at home to help raise the income, the majority of those children are orphans. This project specifically aims to improve the living conditions of the children who are the most vulnerable.


It is extremely hot in Chikwawa which makes it a challenge to generate an income. However goats are capable of surviving in this climate. We want to build a completely sustainable goat farm where we produce fruits and vegetables for the goats and orphans. The animals will be born and raised on a fenced and guarded farm which is situated close to the orphans' homes. When young female goats are born they will be donated to the orphans' households. On the farm male goats are kept for breeding. Once every orphan has a goat, the project can raise money by selling the new young animals to improve the living conditions of the whole community.


  • 300
  • There are 65 orphans who live in one of the poorest regions in Africa, the south of Malawi, that will benefit from this project and their caretakers (mostly close relatives of the orphans) will also benefit. In total around 200 children and 100 adults will get a better life due to this project. The orphans that we support are children who are really in great need. The village headmen of Chikwawa select the children for this project and they choose the children who need our help the most. This project will help the orphans to arrange some extra income for their caretakers' households and that means that the orphans can go to school to learn all the things they need to learn to live a good and healthy life.
  • Mixed

Why (Project owners drive)

In 2011 I spent a couple of months in Malawi working for the World Food Pogram. I stayed in Chikhwawa most of the time and there I met a lot of young orphans who didn't go to school but had to work because their caretakers weren't able to support them well. I also met some orphans who lived at their grandparents place and these children were very weak because of hunger and illness. Because I believe the chance on a better life starts with good health and good education I really want to help some of the most vulnerable children there are. To help the orphans in Chikwawa we want to help them making money in a sustainable way so their households can become selfsupporting. A little bit of our help and money can really make a big difference for these children.

Relation between the project partner (excecution) and the project owner (fundraising)

Chikumbutso was the first person I met in Chikwawa in 2011 because he worked in the motel where I stayed. He became my friend and showed me the real life in Malawi including all the sad things that happen to children in this poor country.

Project organization

  • Voices Organisation
  • None
  • Vulnerability Organisation Incentive Care Empowerment Sustainable is founded in Chikhwawa by two local young men, John Alufandika and Chikumbutso Milinyu. Their mission statement is to enlighten the local community on human rights and youth activities.




  1. The first start.

    • - Arrange a community meeting with all the village headmen. - Build a save fence around the goats' place. - Plant fruit trees (banana, mango, pawpaw). - Sow vegetable seeds (masamba and maize). - Buy water cans. - Transport the trees and the building materials.
    • €250
    • One month.
  2. A stable for the goats.

    • - Buy materials for the stable like bricks, nails, quarry stones etc. - Hire local constructors to build the stable, paying them in phases. - Buy transport for the building materials. - When the stable is ready, buy or build a feed box (cheapest way).
    • €500
    • One month.
  3. Animals, food and water.

    • - Buy 1 one male goat and 9 female goats. - Buy food for the goats (masamba and leaves) for one year. - Pay the water bills for one year. - Hire a watchman for one year.
    • €1,250
    • One year.