CHINANSI is an abbreviation for Centre for Human rights and Institute for National Social Initiatives. The organisation was founded in 2007 by people who are moved by the issues that affects development in Balaka and the entire Malawi nation. It was registered in 2008 by the Registrar General under the 1962 Trustees Act: Registration number: TR/INC 4121 and also became an active member of the Council of Non-Governmental Organisations of Malawi (CONGOMA).
Chinansi exists to alleviate human suffering and social injustices of the ordinary people by providing renewed hope to the hopeless and voice to the voiceless for the socio-economic development.
A world free from human suffering and social injustices
Core Valuesi. Accountability and transparency
ii. Mutual understanding
iii. Culturally focused [we respect cultural diversity]
iv. Religious and belief centeredness
v. Human Rights Based
viii. Timely responsiveness and
ix. Educationally focused
PhilosophySimple Solutions, Big changes for better life.
Governance: Board of Trustees
Chinansi Foundation started with three members of Staff and 5
volunteers. As of today there are 4 men and 5 women which sum up
to 9 members of staff. The team is led by the Executive Director
followed by Programmes Manager, Project Development, Monitoring
and Evaluation Officer (who works as the Operations Manager),
Accountant, Projects Senior Officer, and Project Facilitating
Officers. In the Community Chinansi has deployed volunteers who
work as community development facilitators.
Chinansi Current Staff
Description of the Target Area
According to population projections of the 2008 census, Balaka district has a population of 316.78 about 2.42 percent of the national population. Looking at the population distribution of Balaka district, the most populated area is T/A Nsamala constituting 54.7% of the total population, T/A Kalembo has 38.3% of the population and about 7% of the population live in Balaka town. The population density is 144 persons per square kilometre. The sex ratio is at 91 males for every 100 females. Life expectancy is at 43, 5 as for men and 46.5 as for women. Birth rate is at 48.2 births per 1000 persons while the death rate is 28.6 per 1000 persons. Total fertility rate is 6.3 which are lower than the national average of 6.5.
The economy of Balaka district is agro based and most of the agricultural production is by subsistence farmers. Crops being grown are mainly for food that is maize, groundnuts, rice and tubers. Employment at Balaka district is at 98%. Mostly this employment is in the informal sector.
The district has 23 health facilities, 6 belong to CHAM, 3 are privately owned and 15 belong to the government. On the other hand the government has 3 Nutrition Rehabilitation Units (NRU’s). Diseases commonly occurring in Balaka are malaria, water borne diseases, eye infection, TB and acute respiratory infections. HIV/AIDS challenges management of these diseases. Currently, the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is at 16.2% and 4 356 are on ART.
Balaka district has 14 wards, 4 constituencies and 7 traditional
authority areas called ADC’s. The 7 traditional areas are
divided into 89 VDC’s and these come from 32 village areas.