Here’s something extraordinarily cool: during Spring/Summer 2020 Outreach community members started mask making in Malawi en masse; keeping themselves and their neighbors safe (and stylish!) while bolstering their own experience and commitment to one another in the process.

Here are some examples of this MALAWI mask making!


Recently, the Malawi mask making experts teleconferenced with staff from the Philippines for some real-time tailoring! Together, they measured, cut, and sewed new masks for themselves, then shared the how-tos with the rest of their team! Here’s to creative solutions and finding ways to stay happy and healthy, together! Go team(s)!

This is yet another great example of the brilliant pivoting and problem-solving that the PHD process teaches. As people learn to deal with one issue, then another, they eventually learn to conquer whatever issue may arise. In this case it was mask making in Malawi for COVID safety. This is what leads to total independence and sustainable development

Community-Led Development

Outreach remains committed to the methodology of community-led development. We believe that those who are affected by poverty-related issues are the ones most qualified to identify and solve them. But it’s difficult for those who live in poverty to make progress alone. We help to demonstrate to people who live in poverty that they have within themselves the power to become the engines of their own success. That’s what community-led development is all about. People participate in the development process that improves their lives, like making masks in Malawi. This is what leads to lasting change.

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