Development Action for Marginalized Rural Areas (DAMRA)

Box 154, Rumphi Boma

Ansprechpartner: Flument Mkinga

+265 999 622 588, +2651372536


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Über uns

Development Action for Marginalized Rural Areas (DAMRA) is a non-governmental organization operating in some of the most marginalized areas within the Rumphi district, northern Malawi.

The organization was formed in March 2004 by members of the former GTZ Border Zone Development Project (BZDP). Research in the marginal areas highlighted that these communities suffered from a severe lack of development initiatives. Therefore, DAMRA wishes to continue working in the region following on from the good work initiated by the BZDP.

By establishing DAMRA the members believe the rural communities can be empowered through sustainable development initiatives with support from DAMRA staff. In order to create a sense of ownership and ensure project sustainability, all DAMRA programs in all impact areas are conducted in a participatory manner.

DAMRA exists to facilitate positive, village led change by empowering, supporting and equipping communities. DAMRA as a participatory organisation strives to effectively promote food security. DAMRA recognises the central role of women, the environment and the need to tackle the HIV and AIDS pandemic to achieve sustainable development.

Flument Mkinga is the Founder and Executive Director of DAMRA.

For other net participants we can procure expert information about Community Development and Environmental Management.

This is an irrigated vegetable garden bordering on a banana orchard and a maize field. For this purpose DAMRA constructed an irrigation canal in one of our Impact Areas called Mulyezi.
Livestock-keeping is also supported by DAMRA. People living with HIVAids are trained in this profession and goats, pigs and chicken are being provided by DAMRA. The aim of this project is to ensure a healthy and nutritious diet.
In order to achieve food security around the year irrigation farming has been established in different areas DAMRA is working in.
Some of the fruits (bananas, mangoes, pineapples etc) are sold on the local market.
Fruit trees are a good way to provide food, a source of income and to fight global warming.
We also promote tree planting to stop run-off and erosion. In this picture you can see tree seedlings implanted in poly-ethane tubes. Some of them are leguminous and fix nitrogen in the soil.