In 2019 CELD engaged in a project in Malawi. This is one of the poorest countries in the world. Eighty percent of the population are subsistence farmers in rural areas. One of the big challenges in the country is access to safe drinking water. In order to help reduce the risk of cholera and typhoid CELD Board Members, Michael and Vianne Bell, visited the remote village of Chikwasa to partner with another non-profit, Nanze in order to build two latrines at the local school. The villagers make the bricks and are building the school themselves.
The school project is being built by Nanze, a non-profit in Cleveland, Ohio. Nanze is a family organization created by a father and son who moved to the United States from Chikwasa village in Malawi. After being in the United States for 20 plus years Yunus and Yakoob returned to their village and discovered nothing had changed since they had left. They created Nanze to build a school complex in their village so the children would have the opportunity to go a school locally.
The latrines were completed later that same year.
Latrines at school in Chikwasa village in Malawi