The purpose of this project is to improve the lives and well-being of approximately 4,300 children. In the centres, the children will receive care and education, as well as regular health monitoring and feeding programmes. The ECD centres will also enhance the capacity and motivation of 240 caregivers on site. We aim for completion of the project by April 2019, at which time the centres should be self-sustaining.

The centres will comprise 4 model ECDs as well as 20 satellite centres.  Construction on the four model preschools has already started, while improvements to the satellite preschools have started in May 2016.  The funds for this enterprise come from the Roche Children's Walk, the signature global employee event.

Malawi remains one of the poorest countries in this world, where over 60% children have no access to early education, with 80% of those who do have access receive it under trees and in dilapidated structures. Improving the quality of early childhood development and ensuring that children have access to community-based childhood centres has proven to be a key factor in increasing both enrollment and retention of pupils in primary schools. 

The Re&Act project is realised by ActionAid, the only international development organisation whose headquarters are based in Africa and which has been working for over 15 years with governments and civil societies to promote the right to quality basic education. The collaboration with ActionAid is made possible through a partnership with the Roger Federer Foundation, which has a broader comprehensive early childhood initiative in Malawi.

Project updates:

  • 4 model centres have been built, giving more than 2,000 children access to quality ECD service; the number of children accessing the services is steadily increasing
  • The infrastructure of 20 satellites centres have been improved
  • In 3 centres, water sanitation have been installed
  • To ensure the quality of the programme, 240 caregivers received training to enhance their capacity and skills
  • Overall, 4,000 children will profit from the programme.

ActionAid Malawi is a non-governmental national development organisation that was founded in Malawi in 1990. It is a member of the South Africa-based international federation of more than 40 national ActionAid organisations. While supported by this network, ActionAid Malawi is an entirely local non-governmental organisation that operates and makes its decisions independently and is managed exclusively by local employees. It is focused on fighting poverty and is active in 12 of Malawi's 28 districts. ActionAid Malawi specialises in helping rural and particularly isolated areas through long-term programmes. Involving local communities and fostering their sense of ownership are a particular focus of its work and part of its consistent approach. In its role as a consultant to the Malawian government, ActionAid Malawi gives this often marginalised segment of the population a voice in the capital city of Lilongwe.

Our collaboration with Action Aid Malawi is made possible through a partnership with the Roger Federer Foundation, which has a broader comprehensive early childhood initiative in Malawi.

  • A caretaker (pre-school teacher volunteer) teaches students about shapes
    A caretaker (pre-school teacher volunteer) teaches students about shapes
  • A "satellite" early childhood development centre
    A "satellite" early childhood development centre
  • Roche employees tour "satellite" early childhood development centres that their funds will help improve
    Roche employees tour "satellite" early childhood development centres that their funds will help improve
  • Access to water is the basis for life.  All ECDs will be equipped with wells and fresh drinking water
    Access to water is the basis for life. All ECDs will be equipped with wells and fresh drinking water
  • An upgraded satellite centre
    An upgraded satellite centre
  • During the Roche employees visit, they helped plant trees with the community
    During the Roche employees visit, they helped plant trees with the community
  • During the Roche employees visit, they participated in group learning activities at the childcare centres
    During the Roche employees visit, they participated in group learning activities at the childcare centres