DCTAfrica provides villages in Malawi with the things they need to thrive in the world, and overcome the abject poverty that people are struggling with everyday. By providing educational supplies and scholarships, we give help to children and allow them to continue elementary and secondary education. Unlike other relief organizations, we work hand-in-hand with communities, creating and fostering recreational programs, promoting job development, and helping to meet medical needs by directly connecting an individual from our adopted African villages with you, an individual from our community.
…is to help provide villages in Africa with educational supplies, scholarships which enable children to continue elementary and secondary education, creating and fostering recreational programs, promoting job development, and helping to meet medical needs by directly connecting an individual from our adopted African villages with you, an individual from our community.
One person at a time, one gift at a time, one commitment to a basic concept: Sharing is caring. Please continue reading to see how our projects in Malawi are truly making a difference. When you donate money to our cause, your donations help to make a difference.
Job Development: DCTA trains underprivileged individuals for jobs and offers business consulting to struggling companies. By further making a college education available for impoverished students, DCTA is creating new professionals every day.
Medical: Healthcare in Malawi is nearly non-existent. DCTA established two modern clinics, and has volunteers sharing extensive HIV education throughout the region. We also operate Mother and Baby classes, which extend previously unavailable, needed advice and care.
Education: Teaching is a profession sorely needed in Malawi. Fostering education within individual communities, DCTA has built three pre-schools and an educational center which trains teachers. For older children, DCTA offers over fifty scholarships and contributes to college tuitions. Our teacher volunteers are deeply passionate about the work they are doing and know exactly how to teach kids so they begin life in the right direction.
Recreation: DCTA designs and introduces intramural sports programs, encouraging student morale and enhancing physical health.
DCTA organizes itself on the unique philosophy of “direct-connection” where 100% of donations are handed down directly to communities in need. Our organization is entirely volunteer-based, and thus operates under no overhead. Our success is defined by the seriousness with which we take to our goals. Though founded in 2007, we are glad to be one of the fastest growing relief organizations in the world!
How did “Direct Connections to Africa get started”?
The story began when Mary Ellen Carter was visiting Malawi, Africa with her husband. While her husband was involved with judicial education, she visited a nearby village to deliver medical and educational supplies. There she connected with Sarah, one of the village grade school teachers. Mary Ellen felt overwhelmed by the incredible gratitude for what she believed were modest gifts of pencils, paper and crayons. She was amazed to learn that just one pencil and one piece of paper were considered generous gifts and that the school had virtually no supplies.
When Mary Ellen came back to America, she, Sarah and Sarah’s husband, Charles continued to correspond with their new friends in Africa. One of Sarah’s earliest letters told Mary Ellen that children of the village had heard the school had received supplies and Sarah was excited about all the children coming to school. This inspired Mary Ellen to begin providing school donations on a regular basis. She was truly amazed to discover that what she considered to be modest gifts are a determining factor as to whether students can actually attend school versus dropping out.
Gradually, the gifts sent grew in frequency and variety. Forty dollars of seeds helped with the starvation problem for the season. Plastic stopped rain permeating the huts. Modest medical supplies made an enormous difference.
Sarah and Charles had been walking 18 kilometers to email Mary Ellen and the gift of a computer allowed their entire village to communicate to the world. Connections grew and Americans have begun to embrace the very simple concept of directly connecting to villages in Africa.
One person at a time “Direct Connections” to Africa has blossomed through the goodness of people like you who care to make a difference one person at a time, one village at a time.
How much is a life worth? Whatever you are able to do will make a difference.
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