ABOUT US

CRECCOM is a local Malawian NGO based in Zomba City in the Southern Region of Malawi. We have over 17 years of experience in social empowerment and community mobilization on a variety of issues. It was out of the USAID funded projects GABLE SMC that ran 1994 to 1998 and the pilot phase of the Social Mobilization Campaign for Educational Quality (SMC EQ Project) that ran up to 1999 that the organization was created. These project were contracted to a Washington DC based company called the Creative Associates International Incorporated but were implemented in Malawi by the same staff that now form CRECCOM. Having seen the achievements of these two projects, it was decided that the implementation methods that had been used could be built upon and used in more projects. On the 4th of April 1999 CRECCOM was registered with the Government of Malawi under the Trustees Incorporation Act 5:03. The organization is also registered with the Council of Non Governmental Organizations of Malawi (CONGOMA) as well as the NGO Board of Malawi. The official launch of the NGO was done on November 17, 1999, at Naliswe Primary School in Balaka.

CRECCOM CAPACITY STATEMENT

CRECCOM's portfolio has over 43 projects across the country around its thematic pillars. Its staff of over 70 and over 1000 community volunteers are placed across the country. Some of its notable achievements include:

• Developed trust working with over 1,000 government district officials, including national level policy makers, district heads of departments and extension workers across sectors including; the Ministries of; Education, Gender and Community Services, Health, Agriculture, Labor, and Justice) since 1999 throughout the country. Some national policies influenced include; Readmission Policy, change of school calendar in order to accommodate initiation ceremonies; implementation of direct support to schools (known as school improvement grants and plans), in part as a response from national policymakers to advocacy work and visits they took to CRECCOM’s small grants school recipients, national plan of action against child labor, mother group training manual, inclusion of gender and child protection issues in district socio-economic plans; the formulation of district bylaws that included gender, education and child protection; and the creation of district committees on key issues including child protection and gender.

• Trained over 6,000 primary and secondary school teachers on gender-responsive, child-centred pedagogy; distribution of over 1,000,000 readers (homemade and through partnerships from Books for Africa) to schools; improved infrastructure through community mobilization in over 1000 schools; provided scholarships and mentoring to over 100,000 girls. Consequently, the following changes were noted in impact schools: learning outcomes at PSLCE improved significantly in Dowa district during PSSP: SFP programs (2006-2008); schools established School Related Gender Based Violence reporting mechanisms; gender-related activities were included in School Improvement Plans; reading outcomes increased significantly; girls’ secondary school selection results improved by 50%. Trained over 16,000 village heads, 500 initiation counsellors, 800 village change agents, 4000 mother groups, and 6000 school management/PTA committees on gender and educational quality resulted in improvements in the following indicators: modification and elimination of harmful social cultural factors; galvanized cultural institutions to support equity and quality education; over 5000 rural, poor girls that dropped out because of pregnancy have been re-admitted into school.

• Created an internship program with University students on Theatre for Development (over 500 groomed), running for 15 years now that is grooming national leaders, patriotic to pro-poor policies.

• Worked innovatively with over 20 media institutions (including radios, TV, newspaper etc) and used other mass communication interventions such as; established Mchinji Community Radio Station, newsletters, fliers, established over 100 community based radio listener clubs etc. Results include; a national public broadcaster - Malawi Broadcasting Corporation offered a free radio program for CRECCOM’s education programs, mobilized Mchinji community for VCT and had the highest VCT turn over in 2006/7 according to National Aids Commission records, developed standing Memorandum of Understandings with national media houses.

• Received national accolades: e.g. awarded by a national daily Paper -The Nation Newspaper - as the Nation’s Achiever of the year 2006 because of its contribution to education in Malawi; recognized by Ministry of Education Science and Technology as the ‘most innovative NGO in Malawi’ in girls’ education in 2015; awarded by the Ministry of Gender as best implementer in girls’ education and women empowerment program in Malawi (2014).

• Co-established a Task Force with the Director for Secondary Education and is a secretary to a national Adolescent Girls Learning Task Force (2014 – 2016) which is providing technical support to set a vision and for promoting adolescent girls’ learning in Malawi.

• Made global contributions: e.g. influencing community led solutions to girls’ education – CRECCOM’s Executive Director spoke in a panel with first lady Michelle Obama who gave a key note address on community led solutions to girls’ education ( michelle obama girls education winthrop mcgivney ); CRECCOM enlisted in the Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Honorable Julia Gillard “mega-commitment”, of more than 50 global actors in the girls’ education field named: Girls CHARGE! (Collaborative Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Global Education); CRECCOM attended UNGA meetings; consulted by Ministry of Education and UNGE/GPE in the development of a National Gender Analysis Tool in education (2014)

Three things that we are proud of;

• With indigenous staff and vast experience of project implementation, CRECCOM has massive knowledge of Malawi and highly evolved methods leading to well-documented results.

• We are an attractive partner because we believe in working together with other organizations in a common sense of responsibility towards a shared goal. We have worked with many prominent international as well as national organizations and institutions.

• Our attitude towards the target groups can be emphasized in two words: responsibility and understanding. Furthermore, the importance of capacity building and the well-being of our own staff is never compromised. Hence, our reputation is solid and we are an attractive workplace.

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