20 August 2014

Habitat for Humanity, Samsung and SOS Children’s Villages collaborate on homes and schools for children in Malawi

Thanks to the partnership, three local families in need received new Habitat for Humanity homes. Photographer: SOS Archives

Three partners, including 24 volunteers from Samsung Electronics’ South Korean headquarters, collaborated in July to build homes, refurbish schools and teach in the community of Lilongwe, Malawi

SOS Children’s Villages Malawi teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and Samsung Electronics to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children and families in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Working with partners and sharing expertise and resources, enables SOS Children’s Villages Malawi to have greater impact on the lives of vulnerable children and families. This project builds on a global partnership agreement SOS Children’s Villages International signed with Habitat for Humanity International in June 2012.

Twenty-four volunteers from Samsung Electronics' South Korea headquarters helped build houses and paint schools in Lilongwe, Malawi. Photo: Samsung
Over one week in July, the hard-working team of 28 people, including 24 employee volunteers from Samsung Electronics’ South Korea headquarters, accomplished the following things:

  • Built three houses for three families in need
  • Painted 12 classrooms at the Mchitanjiru Primary School, plus the Samsung ICT Café computer lab, and a solar-powered cinema at the same primary school
  • Installed needed, additional lighting around Mchitanjiru Secondary School
  • Conducted education sessions on information and communication technology (ICT) and HIV/AIDS for community members
The lasting improvement to the living conditions of the three families (including 11 children) who received new homes is particularly striking, as these families were in extreme need.

The new homes will allow the children grow up in healthier environments. The families who got the new homes were chosen through a rigorous screening and needs analysis process by SOS Children’s Villages Malawi in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity Malawi.

Our sincere thanks to partners Habitat for Humanity and Samsung – and the fantastic volunteers – for collaborating on this important community strengthening project for Lilongwe.

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