As part of the important work SANI is doing to help #FeedHerFuture, dozens of volunteers have been working side-by-side with CARE communities since 2016. Volunteers have been on the ground, providing hands-on support to local partners and communities- and as you’ll see, they’re passionate about changing the world! Here, you can learn more about a few of the SANI volunteers and see first-hand the impact they make in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Our volunteer placements in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia have been made possible through partnership with Cuso International. Cuso International is a development agency that works with skilled volunteers and collaborative partnerships to help people and the communities in which they live become more self-sufficient and resilient. Although the SANI volunteer placements are now complete, we encourage those interested in international volunteering to learn more about Cuso International and explore the variety of volunteer opportunities they offer around the world, go to: www.cusointernational.org.
Meet a few volunteers in placement right now
I believe sustainable agriculture is key to solving to today’s health and environment challenges. I am a Cuso International volunteer working as a Horticulture Advisor in Zambia, after finishing my bachelor’s degree in Agro-Environmental Sciences, where I specialized in Ecological Agriculture and Global Food Security. Before going to Zambia, I worked on an organic farm, where I used companion planting, crop rotations and biological pest control methods to grow a diversity of vegetables. In my current role, I build upon my farming experience to support the local CARE Zambia team to develop interactive workshops and share best management practices with small-scale farmers. Our goal is to enhance food security by promoting the production of nutritious vegetables and fruits in kitchen gardens.
After 30 years in the public sector, consulting, and non-profit organizations, I'm thrilled to be volunteering with Cuso International and CARE Canada in Malawi. As an Organization Development Advisor and certified Coach, I conduct action-research projects, facilitate team development activities, and coach senior leaders, to strengthen their capacity to achieve SANI's objectives. The focus of my work is the Civil Society Organization Nutrition Alliance (CSONA), an alliance of civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and faith-based organizations that advocates for improved nutrition for Malawi's poorest citizens. I feel great satisfaction in seeing the increased confidence, clarity, and connection leaders and teams have, as a result of the work we've done together.
I am currently working as a Cuso International volunteer with CARE International in Zambia. As a Communications Advisor for the Southern African Nutrition Initiative (SANI), my role involves sharing important stories and project updates across social media platforms both for CARE Zambia and with Feed Her Future back in Canada. These stories include explaining important topics like Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), agriculture, nutrition, and governance, with gender being the theme that cross-cuts them all. As documentation is such an important part of my placement, I tend to spend a lot of time behind the camera rather than in front of it. In fact, lots of the recent images of SANI in Zambia that you may have seen on the Feed Her Future social media channels are from me.
Stories by our volunteers
Videos by our volunteers
We are proud to partner with volunteer-sending service Cuso International on the Southern African Nutrition Initiative.