The Malawi Fellowship For Persons with Disabilities (MAFED) is an indigenous, local, missionary, no-denominational, non-profit making and charitable Organization working in Malawi among persons with disabilities, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and the less privileged members of the society along with churches, communities, government agencies and other stakeholders of the common vision and interest. And it has also been registered in August 2001 under the Trustees Incorporation Act of 1962 as Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) of the Laws of the Government of Malawi. The process of establish this Organization was originally guided by a working group of Pastors and their church communities formed with the support from well-wishers (Born Again Christians). The group held a total of fourteen well-attended meetings at regular intervals over a two year period to guide the process and gave a way to the governance structures to assume control.
The vision of the organization is to promote and accord human dignity and self-reliance to persons with disabilities orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and the less privileged members of the society.
The mission statement of the organization is based upon implementing Government policies by providing prevention, care, support and rehabilitation programs and services in promotion of public interest (awareness) for the empowerment and integration of persons with disabilities, orphans and vulnerable children and the less privileged members of the society in order to a achieve an inclusive society.
MAFED runs different activities in communities. Through a community mobilization approach MAFED has designed a programme package which is so empowering and works to develop youth and communities ability to identify and solve problems at community levels. The approaches intend to promote full participation of youth and local leaders.
The activities are as follows:
-HIV/AIDS & TB counseling
-Outreach to special groups, like orphans, adolescent and youth commercial sex workers and the general community
-IEC materials distribution
-Recreational activities (indoor games)
-Income generating activities