Background Information

CCDR, Non-Profit Organization

Centre for Child Development and Research is a local Non-Governmental Organization registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act in 2013 with registration number TR/INC:6007 and a member of CONGOMA and NGORA. CCDR was established in 2013 with the belief that children and youths are the seed of society and that their well-being is essential for sustainable development of citizenry.

CCDR operates under a Board of Trustees with high standing members in the society and drawn from a variety of disciplines. The Board has seven (7) members elected in their capacity to different responsibilities.


CCDR envisions a Malawi where children and families thrive and have the opportunity to grow and develop to their full potential in a caring, supportive and protective environment full of natural and biological resources that facilitates a well-rounded development of citizenry essential for sustainable development.

Mission Statement

CCDR works with families, communities, and other partners to create a caring, protective, and supportive environment for children, youth and families through research, protection of and conservation of environment, provision of education, water, health, STEM and practising agribusiness for sustainable socio-economic progress.

Programs and Activities

CCDR uses the CSP Enviro Programme Model where C-Caring, S-Supportive, and P-Protection interventions across all the domains of child development to achieve its goals. CCDR also mainstreams gender, HIV and AIDS, Environmental and climate change, and human rights in all its programs. We use a grass-root Asset-Based resource mobilization approach that integrates communities and their representatives to plan and mobilize resources that address grass-root problems as well as tapping opportunities that support its children and vulnerable people.

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Our Programs


Girls’ education, Child labour and early child marriage.

  • Establishment of school working groups
  • Established Health, life skills and Psycho social support in school and out of school clubs
  • Provide psychological counselling, spiritual support and child protection awareness
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    Establishment of Community Based Child Caring Centres (CBCC).
  • Established CBCCs in all our catchment areas
  • Construction of CBCCs blocks
  • Train care givers in child development management
  • Provide playing, teaching and learning materials
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    21st Century Knowledge and Skills Transfer
  • Establishment of a technology Hub
  • Establishment of I-klabs in schools (Information Knowledge Lab Sessions)
  • Enhance career development skills among young people
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    Our Programs


    Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Family planning and HIV/AIDS.

  • SRHR awareness campaign and form SRHR Youth clubs
  • Sensitize youth to partake SRH services
  • Awareness sensitization and support on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV
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    Biodiversity Conservation

  • Community Capacity and Capability building by training various community based organizations on environmental management.
  • Restoration of forest reserves and degraded areas through tree planting and caring of natural regeneration.
  • Implement carbon Finance project within the forest reserves and in customary forest reserves.
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    CCDR Project officer planting a tree in Dzalanyama Forest Reserve 2020/2021 Tree planting Season

    Waste Management

  • Provide awareness on the handling of all sort of waste at household and community level
  • Do public cleaning in various government locations and various institutions
  • Civic educations on waste recycle in schools, urban communities as well as in rural communities.
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    Our Programs

    Green Village (Sustainable Energy Solutions)

    Creating Agent Based Solar Business for Community Members.

  • Business and Marketing Training
  • Village Savings and Loans (VSLAs)
  • Village Savings and Loans (VSLAs)
  • Organic backyard gardening
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    Socio economic empowerment

  • Provide livestock to community members targeting women; examples Goats pass on project.
  • Food security through teaching communities on modern farming using Climate smart Agriculture technics.
  • Honey production; provide training, guidance/mentorship and materials for honey production..
  • Promotion of Village savings Loans as one way of income generating activity.
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  • Provide capacity and capability building, and awareness on good hygiene practices in rural and urban communities. CCDR promote use of toilets and hand wash after using toilet.
  • Construction and installation of borehole, wells and other water sources in the schools and communities.
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    Our Programs

  • Established partnership with ward councillors, Area Development Committees, Village Development Committees and community based Organizations through District Councils.
  • Capacity building of ADCs, VDCs and CBOs to develop and execute their strategic plans.
  • Work in liaison with the government structures to address community demands.
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    In 2023 cyclone Fredy affected chiradzuru districts and among the affected people were from masikini village a target area for CCDR. The birth of masikini relief support project was a response to cyclone Freddy. CCDR Programs Manager address the Chiefs and Cyclone Freddy affected families about the relief support and housing project at GVH Masikini in Chiradzulu District

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    CCDR use partnership as one of its core values. So far, CCDR is working with stakeholders at local, national, and international levels. Examples; Ministries and Governments departments, Area Development Committees, District Councils, Community Based organizations, International Organizations, International Companies, Charitable Foundations like; UNICEF, Universal Basic Income, Action Aid, POSIVO Malawi, MACRO, FISD Malawi, Limbe Leaf tobacco Company, Korea Hope Foundation, Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Earth Guardian, World Connect, Friends of Malawi Foundation and many more.

    Impact Area
  • Currently, CCDR is implementing its community based interventions in Lilongwe, Salima and Dowa districts in the central region, Chiradzulu and Zomba districts in the Southern region, and Mzimba district in the northern region.
  • Previously CCDR implemented its community based projects in Kasungu, Ntcheu, Zomba, Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzimba.
  • In May 2023 CCDR secured a grant from Korea Hope Foundation to build 29 houses in GVH Masikini in Chiradzulu as a response to Cyclone Freddy effects.
  • In May 2022 CCDR secured a grant from Korea Hope Foundation to implement women social economic program, through goats pass on project.
  • In May 2021 CCDR secured a grant from Korea Hope Foundation to implement women empowerment intervention through Goats pass on project in Chiradzulu
  • In July to October 2021 CCDR implemented a project which involved cleaning up of cities, banning of thin plastic papers and promoting of reusable paper bags.
  • In March 2021, CCDR secured a grant from KCN of Japan to implement an environmental management and economic empowerment project called “Honey Production, Climate Resilient Agriculture and Tree Planting for Dzalanyama Forest Biodiversity Conservation”. The project will benefit more than 500 community members including women living surrounding Dzalanyama forest.
  • In 2019-2020 CCDR implemented a project called Green village (Sustainable Energy Solutions) in Mzimba district. The project was funded by World Connect. The project aimed at connecting rural and urban slam communities to off-grid solar power by selling solar lanterns to members of Mutuzuzu community in Mzimba district.
  • In 2020 CCDR implemented a monitoring activity of Savings and Loans Associations Monitoring and Evaluation project with support from Limbe Leaf.
  • In 2018-2020 CCDR with help from Limbe Leaf Malawi and Friends of Malawi constructed 2 community based child centres in Malovu and Chipeni in Dowa district.
  • From June 2021 to April 2023 CCCDR has been and will be implementing the phase 1 and 2 of Honey Production, Climate Resilient Agriculture and Tree Planting for Dzalanyama Forest Biodiversity Conservation” project. So far CCDR team together with the community members has planted 25000 trees. CCDR team together with the community have set up 43 beehives for honey production. As of 30th March 2022, a permaculture farm was also established and now women and youth are using the farm to cultivate crops for foods and for cash. CCDR has constructed 20 goats houses and donated 44 goats, dug a borehole of 15 metres deep for irrigation in permaculture farm.-US$30,000 supported by KNCF Facebook link: . ccdr website:
  • In 2022 a goats pass-on program started in Dowa District. CCDR has distributed 105 goats to 20 women for income generation and economic empowerment. US$16000 supported by Korea Hope Foundation. Facebook link: . website link.
  • In 2021 CCDR implemented a Goats pass on Program in Maskini village where we distributed 44 goats for manure and income generation to 20 women. $4,000 supported by Korean Hope Foundation
  • In 2021 CCDR implemented a Cleaning of Lilongwe City Centre project-US$500 supported by Earth Guardian
  • CCDR implemented a book Publication project -US$5000 supported by Atlas Network in 2021
  • In 2020 CCDR implemented a Green village project-$7000 supported by World Connect.
  • In 2020 with support from Limbe Leaf Malawi: Savings and Loans Associations Monitoring and Evaluation project-$2000
  • In 2019 CCDR Constructed a Community Based Child Centre- supported by Friends of Malawi Foundation- $1000
  • In 2016/17 CCDR implemented the Early Childhood Development project (established 5 community based child centres)- Sponsored by Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company of Malawi
  • In 2015 CCDR implemented a project of establishment of IKLABs in primary schools, secondary schools and Universities- sponsored by Chancellor college fellows
  • In 2014 CCDR implemented Girl child education project (Promote awareness on Child labour and early child marriage)- self sponsored ( members contributions)
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