PTPI provides Chapter Project Grants so that our global chapter network may carry out cultural, educational, and humanitarian projects that exemplify the mission of PTPI. Chapters provide reports after their projects have been completed.
Chapter Name: Lilongwe Malawi Student Chapter
Project Name: Youth Interaction at Dzaleka Refugee Camp – Malawi
Number of Beneficiaries: 250
Project Description: Members of the Lilongwe Malawi Student Chapter went to meet fellow students at Dzaleka Refugee Camp on the 26th and 28th of September, 2013 with the aim of interacting with them. They sang songs, danced, share stories from their respective countries, made friendships and enjoyed drinks and snacks together. Lilongwe Malawi Student Chapter Members also brought with them exercise books and writing pens that were shared with the students at the camp.
Outcomes and Impact of the Project:
-Enhancement of coexistence among Malawian students and those at Dzaleka Refugee Camp
-Understanding of problems associated with wars/conflicts and able to stand together as human beings
-Able to learn and appreciate diverse culture from different countries
-Lasting friendship were made between the two groups
Reflection on Lessons Learned: The behavior of students at the refugee camp, particularly from Luanda, who was a little bit troublesome, and Malawian students quickly realized the behavior would be as the result of the hardship they went through. However, with the help from camp managers all went on well. Secondly despite such unwelcome behavior, it was learned that young people require the same parental care, guidance and support.
Interaction proved also that there was no need for segregation.
Implementing a project at a refugee camp, but people who live on handouts has its own challenges as they expect more and requires thorough preparations for remarkable results.
We recommend a similar project at the camp in the near future.
Grants are awarded twice per year and applications are due February 1 and/or August 1. All applicants will be notified within 30 days following the application deadline and funds will be distributed in March and September. Chapters may apply for and receive more than one grant in a year. Preference will be given to chapters who have not received a grant within the calendar year.