How We Work
Our approach is based on an enduring collaborative partnership with the people of Sakata, Malawi.
We meet with villagers to understand their needs.
We mobilize support in the West to provide resources and expertise.
The entire village works with us to build a solution.
The project is completed and villagers take ownership of it.
The new project helps to lift the entire community.
The Power of VIP’s Approach
Commitment to Our Villages
We have a personal relationship with every one of our partner villages and will remain in those villages until they are on the path to sustainable development.
Walking in the path of Jesus, we love our neighbor as ourselves.
Targeting Root Causes
We simultaneously address the six critical needs of human development to break the vicious cycle of extreme poverty.
A Hand up Not a Hand Out
VIP programs empower local communities to be part of the solution so that villagers are able to meet their own needs.
Real change comes from the grassroots. That’s why 100% of our development staff is Malawian.
Our Personal Connection
We are not distant benefactors, but true partners. Many of our supporters travel to Malawi to break bread with and work alongside our Malawian brothers and sisters.
Days 10 and 11: Safari!Liz knows that for many of the friendship team participants (including me) this is their first trip to Africa. Because of that, and as a little break from their emotionally and physically exhausting week, Liz always sends the friendship teams on an overnight safari. When Liz told me that I would be accompanying the team […]
Day 9: Home Visits With The Most Vulnerable FamiliesWe woke at 7:00 on Sunday morning and donned our nicest shirts, ties and dresses and headed off to church. Meeting us at the church would be all of the VIP Senior Staff, as well as several VIP community workers. Liz had been invited by the pastor of the church to preach in front of […]
Days 7 and 8: Building BridgesEverywhere you go in Malawi you will find piles of bricks. Stacks of bricks formed into kilns waiting to be baked into completion. Hardened red bricks tossed into piles to be shaped into new buildings.Bricks from destroyed buildings laying in ruins, some perhaps destined to find new life after being reclaimed from their former structures. And […]
Villages in Partnership is a community of people and organizations who are devoted to sharing God’s love and blessings with the poorest of the poor in the impoverished nation of Malawi, Africa.