The FAAWN (Fighting Against Aids With Nutrition) group combines a focus on nutrition, a year-long HIV/AIDS educational program, and an entrepreneurial spirit to provide a community support group for people living with HIV. On a rotational basis each member of the group takes home a food parcel of nutritional foods, which are sourced locally and they also receive a list of things and shop for it in town. By offering catering services to guests at Butterfly, the FAAWN groups has become a stable project where the group can make enough money to produce a sustainable amount of food that they need from the money they earn. The group collect most of the food from their gardens and provide a delicious meal for customers to eat here at Butterfly. We also have a question and answer session where volunteers can research and present information from the chosen questions each week. This is really important as the group meet with people back in their own village and share the information with them which is extremely helpful. Running costs to supplement nutrition packs is £30 month.
They would really benefit from a volunteer working with them to promote these meals and give them other cooking ideas. Also it is very important for them to learn more about nutrition, as they all know that it is part of their well being especially with their condition. They should also have help in their own gardens so they can be planting these particularly nutritious foods.
We also have a question and answer session where volunteers can research and present information from the chosen questions each week. This is really important as the group also meet with people back in their own village and share the information with them which is extremely helpful.
They have been very kind as they made some cushions for the lodge made from kapok cotton that they have collected. The group is also very pro active when they are called upon to cook for a group of volunteers. For example, they catered for a week for people working on the new hospital playground which went down very well. The group have also started a few other income generated activities such as selling paraffin in their villages at a marked up price and they participate in goat share by selling goat’s onto nearby villages which is beneficial in the long run.
VOLUNTEERS CAN CONTRIBUTE IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
- RESEARCH – If you can research and present ideas to share with the group, including role play, lectures or handouts on certain information.
- VISITING THE COMMUNITY – Simply visit the community with the members of the group to see how the information is being shared among them.
- COOKING – It is a huge help to cook and teach nutritional recipes using ingredients that they are not used to cooking.
- BUSINESS IDEAS – Working with the group to improve their existing income generators and help them develop more.
If you are interested in volunteering, please see our Volunteer Package page. If you would like to contribute to this project but you are unable to make it over to Malawi, please see our Make A Donation page.