Get Involved! Become a Community Partner
Villages in Partnership is not about any one individual or any single group; it’s about community—a group of individuals and organizations working together for a common purpose. If you are a part of a school, business or other community organization that might be interested in getting involved and supporting our efforts by becoming one of our Community Partners, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Villages in Partnership is blessed to have two incredible partners that help us to carry out our work on the ground in Malawi. Without the support, guidance and faith of Emmanuel International and the Sakata Village Implementation Committees we would not have been able to make the impact that we have.
Our principal partner on the ground in Malawi is Emmanuel International (EI). The Country Director of EI Malawi is Paul Jones, a development expert who has lived in Malawi for 30 years. EI is a faith based organization originating in Canada, with over 35 years’ experience in relief and development. EI Malawi is a registered NGO through the Council for Non-Governmental Organizations which enables EI to receive funds from multi-lateral donors like World Bank, USAID, DFID and Rotary International. VIP has developed a close working relationship with Emmanuel International, taking advantage of their local knowledge and extensive experience in leading successful area development projects in communities and villages. The VIP projects are spearheaded by Wellings Mwalabu, VIP’s Sector Head of Projects and is supported by VIP’s staff and community workers.
Village Implementation Committees
Our work in Sakata is coordinated through the Village Implementation Committees (VIC), groups of dedicated volunteers, representing the various villages of Sakata, who are committed to making a difference in their community. From the outset, Villages in Partnership has worked in close collaboration with the VICs to identify the villages’ most pressing needs and determine how we can most effectively share God’s love and each other’s burdens to have the greatest impact in their community.
Even before we knew each other, the people of Sakata were assisting the most vulnerable in their community, all in the hope that someone would come along who would work with them to help them achieve their dreams. It was that faith and dedication that drew us to them, and it is their friendship and steadfast commitment to helping the most vulnerable in their villages that continues to draw us to Sakata.
VIP and our friends in Malawi benefit immensely from the support and encouragement we receive from others in our community, as well as our family, friends, and colleagues. We’d like to recognize, in particular, the strong support we have received from the following community organizations:
Allentown Presbyterian Church (Allentown, NJ)
Toms River Presbyterian Church (Toms River, NJ)
Horndean Baptist Church (Hampshire, UK)
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (Jackson, NJ)
Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church (Richardson, TX)
Swift Creek Presbyterian (Mosley, VA)
First Presbyterian Church (Allentown, PA)
Nassau Presbyterian Church (Princeton, NJ)
Valley Presbyterian Church (Paradise Valley, AZ)
La Piazza Ristorante
Pleasant Run Nursery
Efinger All Season Sports
LuminAID (Solar Lights)
University of Delaware, Engineers Without Borders
Upper Freehold Regional School District
Allentown High School
Stone Bridge Middle School
Pond Road Middle School
Little Tree Pre-School
University of Cincinnati
Cornell University, International Agriculture and Rural Development
Engineers without Borders