Our first trip to Malawi was a holiday in 1999 and the journey since then has been one of incredible surprise. We never imagined that we would find ourselves many years later with the privilege of leading an organisation with 17 staff delivering life changing work in very difficult cultural circumstances. Our first few years were a great training ground, living with a wonderful Malawian family and seeing relief work first hand. We transitioned into development work as we began to really understand Malawi after 5 years. In 2008 we discovered a methodology called CHE which has refreshed and transformed our work and put into practice many ideas we struggled to implement - these values set us apart and we are so proud of the team and their long term work in rural villages. It is sad that most aid work is a business and is not effective, but CHE has given us a strong format to be able to achieve long term success through peer led education.
The Dalitso Trust embodies an ethos and practise that is rare to find in community transformation. Their passion to serve and empower rural Malawians in sustainable ways is both inspiring and challenging. It has been a privilege to partner with them over the past ten years…Simon Bateson, Riverside Church, Whitstable